|Photos by Kendra Berglund|
Friday night at a sold-out Verizon Wireless Theater, LIGHTS and Owl City put on surprisingly solid performances. We use the word 'surprisingly,' because we fall into the category of people who oftentimes dismiss these kinds of artists as sans-substance pawns of the industry without giving them much of a chance.
We're not the biggest fans of electro-pop, and we've heard all the talk of Owl City being a carbon copy of the Postal Service, but we listened, we watched, and overall we were impressed.
The people in attendance were what we expected. As we walked into the venue, we saw about a 60 to 40 percent ratio of kids to parents. The kids were wearing skinny jeans, pearl snap button downs, wool caps (in April!) and constantly checking their smart phones for tweets, texts and calls. For some of them, it looked like more of a nervous tic than a habit.
From the waist down, we couldn't tell the gender of most of the fans. Thanks a lot, skinny jeans. And because we didn't want to end up on To Catch a Predator
, we didn't make eye contact with anyone. Long story short, we stuck out like a sore thumb.
Before the show, we made our way to the loading dock for an interview with LIGHTS, whom we're glad we researched, because she was far from what we expected.
"We always look forward to coming here," she said with a smile. "Everyone [in Texas] seems to really love music."
Sitting on the opposite couch from us on her tour bus, LIGHTS leaned forward, smiled and charmed our pants off (no, not literally). She was accommodating and polite - which, from what we hear, isn't the norm amongst pop stars. She came across as genuine and wasn't just feeding us nonsense that her record label told her to say.
"I understand that it's easy to misconstrue a female pop artist as kind of a puppet and just really fabricated," LIGHTS said with a confident smile while discussing her acoustic YouTube videos with us. "So it's cool for me to show people a more raw side of it to say, 'This is actually what's there. Don't be fooled if there is some production on it.'"
Her acoustic sessions are our preference, but that's not to say that her CD or shows aren't worthwhile; in fact, quite the opposite.
"I look young, and I'm a girl, and whether or not people admit that they make judgments based on those things, you can feel it," LIGHTS says about those who underestimate her. "I've learned to not act out about it."
Instead, she proves them wrong, as she did with us.
"There's something to be said about earning the respect of someone who doubted you," she said.
LIGHTS is a smart, young lady, and we were impressed by her performance (as she told us we would be) and now officially consider keytars sexy.