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The Naked and Famous

[audio:http://dreamlandapparel.com/wp-content/uploads/2011/09/Girls-Like-You1.mp3|titles=Girls Like You]Naked and Famous. Two of my favourite things, and they’re a great band as well.

The New Zealand quintet is embedded with influence from some of the most popular electro-pop bands in the world. The instrumentation is strongly reminiscent of MGMT and their recent hit “Young Blood” would fit perfectly on MGMT’s debut Oracular Spectacular. The female vocals of Alisa Xayalith sound almost identical to that of Passion Pit. I would also argue that some of their tracks are as catchy as breakout band Foster The People.

Now this artist is a bit of a departure from my regular genres, as I have yet to cover an electro-based pop band, but I think it’s necessary. In the current music landscape, bands like The Naked and Famous are taking over the indie scene. Before MGMT, there were very few of these bands in the mainstream, but now it seems like they are everywhere (including rock radio stations).

The Naked and Famous’ debut album Passive Me, Aggressive You was a massive success in New Zealand and has started to move its way to North America. I heard “Young Blood” a few months ago on Toronto radio and had no idea who I was listening to or what they were. All I knew was that it was incredibly catchy and reminded me of some of my favourite electro indie bands. A few months later, they’re one of my favourite new bands and I might be going to see them at the Pheonix in Toronto on October 6th. If you’re in the GTA, check that show out, I’ve heard nothing but good things about their live show.

Though Alisa is vocalist on most of the tracks, male vocalist Thom Powers is the frontman on songs like “Girls Like You.” A more slow-tempo based tune with a basic buildup to the beat-pounding outro.

Perhaps the most intriguing part about this band is the relation between the lyrics and the music. For how up-beat the music is, you’d expect the lyrics to be written about lots of bright and happy things like flowers and rainbows. However, the lyrics are at times about heartbreak and seem to come from a dark place. This is most clear on standout track “Punching In A Dream.” ‘I don’t ever want to be here, like punching in a dream breathing life into the nightmare. They’ll get you in the place that you feel it the most, when you’re cornered and when it’s forming in the place that you wish was a ghost.’

Alas, this is another band that may not be your style, but give them a listen and tell me what you think! Also, what do think about this type of music? Should it not be as popular as it is? Give me your thoughts![audio:http://dreamlandapparel.com/wp-content/uploads/2011/09/Punching-In-A-Dream.mp3|titles=Punching In A Dream]



  • http://www.facebook.com/profile.php?id=796832563 Connor Sziklasi

    Been wondering who this band is!

    • http://www.facebook.com/people/Ryan-Hancock/510667721 Ryan Hancock

      Haha they’re pretty sick, I like them. What do you think man?

      • http://www.facebook.com/profile.php?id=796832563 Connor Sziklasi

        After hearing them on The Edge lately, I have to say I really like the song Young Blood. But this “electro-pop” stuff kinda seems like a bit of a phase and there’s no one band that seems to be able to master it or escape the one or two-hit wonder problem. Who knows though, maybe the genre will grow on me! For now it’s just catchy music that I don’t take too seriously.

      • http://www.facebook.com/people/Ryan-Hancock/510667721 Ryan Hancock

        Yeah I definitely know what you’re saying man. MGMT was probably the only one in the genre that was able to come out with more than a couple songs, but even so, their second album was nowhere near as good as their debut.

  • Anonymous

    This is WAY more up my alley… love the sound, great find. Keep it up, I always appreciate the fact that you provide me with not only new music… but music I’d never find on my own. 

    • http://www.facebook.com/people/Ryan-Hancock/510667721 Ryan Hancock

      I actually kind of had you in mind when I decided to cover this band. I had a feeling you’d really dig them. Thanks brotha!

  • Chris Elliott

    Not my favorite band that you’ve posted, but I definitely enjoyed reading about them. Interesting how they blend up-beat, energetic tracks with somber, ballad-like lyrics. Great observation. And I LOVE the opening line. You sir, are a saucy boy, Mr. Hancock! ahahah 

    • http://www.facebook.com/people/Ryan-Hancock/510667721 Ryan Hancock

      haha you know it man! Thanks a lot! And I knew you wouldn’t be your style, but I had to try and look to please other people this time after giving you Slow Club ;)

      • Chris Elliott

        Ahahah so true!
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  • Anonymous

    Great find man!!! I love this band. 

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