Over the next 11 weeks I’ll dig deep into the 2014 Coachella Music Festival lineup, featuring one band per day. The purpose of this piece is to assist in difficult decisions that inevitably you’ll need to make, as well as, serve as a fun countdown to Coachella Week. Note: All bands appear in a completely random order… Enjoy, and let the countdown continue!
Day 44 = The Naked and Famous
Performing = Saturday
The Naked and Famous are an electro alt-pop band that hail from New Zealand. The band originally formed as the duo of Thom Powers and Alisa Xayalith in 2008, but has since expanded to a quintet. The group takes its name from lyrics in the song “Tricky Kid” by the English trip-hop artist Tricky.
The band released their debut full-length Passive Me, Aggressive You in 2010. The album produced five singles, one of which is the track “Young Blood.” The tune had the alt-pop world buzzing for most of 2010, and I think even Ryan Seacrest got his paws on it too, but I can’t be sure. Their sophomore release In Rolling Waves came out last September. The album opener “In Stillness” was named by contributing writer Present-Tense as his #9 Track Of 2013. Prior to all of this, the duo of Powers and Xayalith independently released two extended plays.
The Naked and Famous are currently involved in a couple of contests. The first of which is an event to see which band can sound the most like Passion Pit. Some of their stiff competition comes from the likes of Capital Cities, Walk The Moon, and Passion Pit. The other contest is to see which New Zealand based band sounds the most like Passion Pit. The Naked and Famous have advanced to the finals to take on Ladyhawke in the Kiwi Bowl. Good Luck to all bands!
Visit The Naked and famous website here:
“Hearts Like Ours”