I was lucky enough to catch The Naked and Famous’ last gig of the UK Tour in Brighton, a town that has a great ear, a great thirst and passion for new music, and a town that has a great history for helping the very best up and coming bands to grow and develop. Brighton was expecting one hell of a show and The Naked and Famous stepped up to the plate and delivered, very convincingly.
Tipped by the BBC’s Sound of 2011, The Naked and Famous are the hottest and most talked about thing to come from New Zealand since Flight of the Conchords. This band sound like the love child of MGMT and Passion Pit with the male/female vocal interplay of The xx, or more nostalgically Fleetwood Mac. With a very consistent set of songs, a live dynamic that recently I can only compare to ‘Local Natives’, and with two full-bodied anthems (in ‘Young Blood’ and ‘Punching In a Dream’), The Naked and Famous have strong potential to surpass both Passion Pit and MGMT. Largely due to the fact that the Kiwi Quintet are fronted by a very captivating and strangely beautiful Alisa Xayalith, who has far more magnetism and personality in her live performance than Passion Pit and MGMT put together.
‘Passive Me, Aggressive You’ released on Fiction in the UK is out now and gets better with every listen.
The Tracks ‘Young Blood‘ and ‘Punching In A Dream‘ have massive anthemic quality, they will have every Indie kid punching the air and every festival tent this year raving with euphoria and energy.
The Naked and Famous – Young Blood
‘The Sun‘ and ‘The End‘ are reminiscent of Radiohead’s experimental genius, sounding like something from ‘Kid A’* or ‘Amnesiac’.
Radiohead – Everything In Its Right Place
‘Eyes‘ is like an epic power-pop song from a teenage movie soundtrack from the 80s*.
Tears For Fears – Head Over Heels
‘No Way‘ sounds like The New Pornographers* with electric guitars and a drummer with clout, the track holds power and substance mixing synthetics and live instrumentation to great effect.
The New Pornographers – Challengers
‘Spank‘ has an atmosphere of Trent Reznor* and the seven second gap in the song is a master touch live and hits with immense power.
Nine Inch Nails – Every Day Is Exactly The Same
‘Girls Like You‘ is the perfect way to end the album with an outro that has a quality of Jon Hopkins* to it and makes you feel like you’re coming down from an immense high, like you’ve just taken a trip to the Sun and you’re looking at Earth from outer space.