Wednesday, 24 November 2010
The Naked and Famous
A bit like a streaker running across Wimbledon centre court, a band called Naked and Famous are bound to grab your attention. Especially when they make the kind of music MGMT should have followed 'Time To Pretend' with instead of the dirgey, please take us seriously tripe they phoned in from an all night dwarves and cocaine party.
So, here's what we know. They're named after a line from a Tricky song. They're record breakers in their home country of New Zealand after their single 'Young Blood' became the first debut song by a Kiwi band to reach No 1 in 16 years. Girl singer Alisa Xayalith has one of the coolest names we've ever heard. And they're literally a cat's whisker away from signing a major label deal which will propel them into bloated super stardom faster than you can say “Let's make some music, make some money, find some models for wives”
Their sound, which you could slot happily between Passion Pit and the aforementioned, is a mix of the fizzy stadium rock, shoegaze and boy-girl harmony electro indie. Imagine gazing incredulously at your feet after you'd got over excited and spilt lemonade on your new trainers and you'd be somewhere near approaching tunes like 'Punching In A Dream' and 'All Of This'. The truth is, it isn't quite ready for consumption yet. It's music for festivals. Listening to it now in the bowels of winter will just make you feel resentful as you trudge through the cold streets of Dalston, but file it away and as soon as summer comes whip it out “Have you heard The Naked and Famous?” You can ask your envious friends. “They're going to be all over this year's John Peel Stage”
Ch-ch-check out 'Young Blood' on youtube