Brite Futures

On first listen to Brite Futures’ fiercely catchy new album, DARK PAST might seem like quite the misnomer. Dubbed “punk rock Abba disco Osmonds with chainsaws” by the Seattle-based quintet itself, the album’s synth-happy mix of New Wave, rock, funk, and dance music packs all the boundless pep of a hyperactive kindergartener on a never-ending sugar high. But tune in closer to these ten tracks and you’ll soon hear the pain behind the pop.