Leaving familiarity and comfort for adventure, this is my (mostly) visual diary.
Sunday, May 22, 2011
We're only young and naive still.
The Naked and Famous - O2 Academy Oxford - 19th May 2011
The Naked and Famous were getting a fair amount of radio play on Triple J before I left Australia and made a few appearances on the summer festival circuit. They're a perfect festival band in a lot of ways, super energetic, strong vocals, catchy tunes you can dance to. They're what would happen if MGMT went poppier, grew some balls and added a female vocalist. Thanks to their singles being used in some high profile advertisements and tv shows, they've taken off in the U.K.. This little New Zealand band took to the stage in Oxford and seemed somewhat suprised that the packed room of people in front of them knew the words to their songs. The synth-heavy album has a fuzziness to the edges that makes it easy to listen to. This falls away in the live show and it's all crisper and more aggressive. Thankfully, Alisa Xayalith's voice is up to the challenge and she carries the show. Also, I'm jealous of her shiny, shiny hair.