The The Naked and Famous have the potential to be this year’s big new breakthrough act. Unashamedly populist, they make good old fashioned pop music with a proper chorus and memorable melodies that you just can’t get out of your head. Their tracks have more hooks than a bait shop and the band have the charisma to match, particularly the twin leaders of the band Alisa Xayalith and Thom Powers. These two share the vocal duties, along with keyboards and guitar respectively and are backed by a bassist, more keyboards and drums.best thing to come out of New Zealand since those films about Hobbits,
The show was part of the NME Awards shows, a month of gigs throughout February in the run-up to the awards ceremony, where Naked and Famous won the Philip Hall Radar Award for best newcomer. Heaven is a great gig venue in the railway arches beneath Charing Cross Station and the curved roof of the arches provide outstanding acoustics. Support tonight came from Wolf Gang, energetic art-pop that manages to retain indie credibility despite being more accessible than Jordan’s knickers.
The Naked and Famous have an full album of very good material judged on tonight’s performance so their debut release is highly anticipated. Songs like ‘Girls Like You’ and ‘Punching in a Dream’ sound like future classics and in ‘Young Blood’, they have the first debut single by a Kiwi artist to go to number one in their home country in years. Coming to an indie dance floor near you soon, The Naked and Famous are going to be inescapable this year.