The Naked and Famous come home

MICHELLE ROBINSON
Last updated 10:26 18/05/2014
REBEKAH PARSONS-KING/Fairfax NZ

Fresh off their gig at Coachella, The Naked and Famous are back home. Stuff.co.nz caught up with Thom Powers and Alisa Xayalith.

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Pink-haired and straight-teethed, The Naked and Famous have breezed into Auckland for the hometown leg of their whistle-stop tour.

The band behind the hits Young Blood and Hearts Like Ours hit town for two shows before being whisked off to Hawaii and back to the US where they have been based for the last two years.

"We're jetlagged," Powers says. Not that you would know it.

They have their priorities sorted while they are back in town. A meat pie and coffee for vocalist and guitarist Thom Powers and a haircut and colour for vocalist and keyboardist Alisa Xayalith.

Xayalith makes a habit of visiting the hairdresser when she's back home. "I've been silver, blonde, lavender, blue and now pink."

The band members look polished.

The five piece New Zealand made indie rock, pop, electronica band have been walking the fine line between partying like rock stars and getting their beauty sleep, having recently performed to the throbbing festival crowds at Coachella.

"It was fantastic, it was the biggest show we've ever played," Powers says.

"We've done festivals for a few years now, we're like a festival band but this truly was the biggest and best one we've ever done. We got lots of good reviews."

It's hard to describe the vibe there, Powers says. And it's hard to compare to gigs back home. They love them all, even in the States, towns have their own vibe, he says.

The band partied backstage with the best of them and bumped into Lorde on the plane. Some of the band members thought it would be a laugh to joke around with her, though it didn't go down so well when she apparently failed to recognise them, Powers laughs.

As far as other tour shenanigans go, Xayalith snuck her way through a queue to get onto a ferris wheel.

They are keeping mum about the rest.

"Sometimes we have four to five shows a week so we are trying not to get sick," Xayalith says.

She says it's boring but the band usually goes to bed early after their shows.

They are clearly hard working, with US tour dates stretching to the end of August.

There's another album in the pipeline and some singles Powers worked on with his idol, Scott Hutchison, the lead singer of Scottish band Frightened Rabbit.

But Powers is keeping coy about this too.

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