Roughly a decade after forming in Orange County, back when alternative-rock was first beginning to replace heavy metal on the Sunset Strip, the pop-punk quartet Lit is now reaping the commercial rewards of timing and longevity. However, the RCA band’s perfunctory sold-out Hollywood appearance on Friday did little to advance its mediocre musical platform.

Roughly a decade after forming in Orange County, back when alternative-rock was first beginning to replace heavy metal on the Sunset Strip, the pop-punk quartet Lit is now reaping the commercial rewards of timing and longevity.

However, the RCA band’s perfunctory sold-out Hollywood appearance on Friday, which consisted almost entirely of the homogeneous tracks from its million-selling sophomore album “A Place in the Sun,” did little to advance its mediocre musical platform.

The slick foursome took to the Palladium stage littered with Las Vegas references amid deafening teenage screams while a Roman fanfare blasted from the P.A. — it all gave the unmistakable message that this band takes itself very seriously. (The fact that the musicians were working with onstage set-lists marked “Sacramento,” where they had performed three nights earlier, also spoke volumes about inspiration.)

The ensuing 75-minute set (including two-song encore) of polished melodic rock tunes only reinforced the notion that Lit, which is fronted by the sibling duo of singer A. Jay Popoff and guitarist Jeremy Popoff, is yet another semi-talented major label rock band making the most of its opportunity with considerable hard work (i.e., touring), though with little apparent thought given to originality or purpose.

The band’s sharp radio hits “My Own Worst Enemy” and “Miserable” were the evening’s highlights, somewhat by default, as few other songs were able to distinguish themselves from the rest of the sonic muck. The group also debuted “Over My Head,” their contribution to the upcoming “Titan A.E.” soundtrack (Capitol).

The ubiquitous of late, the zombie-like Pakelika of the O.C. hip-hop-funk band Kottonmouth Kings, did his usual stagger-and-dance routine during the teen-angst anthem “Zip-Lock,” following similar local turns with 311 last week and Methods of Mayhem the week before.

Lit

Palladium; 3,835 capacity; $17.50

Production

Presented by Goldenvoice and KROQ. Reviewed April 7, 2000.[###]

Cast

Band: A. Jay Popoff, Jeremy Popoff, Kevin Baldes, Allen Shellenberger.
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