Review: The Naked and Famous
The Naked and Famous
The Powerstation, Auckland, 16 May 2014
It was the perfect homecoming for the electrifying Naked and Famous.
Thom Powers strutted on to the stage at The Powerstation with his hood up like a heavyweight boxer entering the ring. He and the rest of the five-piece band only had one thing on their minds - a knockout performance. And oh boy, the crowd never stood a chance. The Naked and Famous were swift, powerful and the champions of the night.
The Auckland band came home off the back of a sumptuous performance at the Californian festival, Coachella, and a mammoth tour of the States. But regardless of how high they've climbed it clearly meant a lot to the band to once again be playing on home soil.
Alisa Xayalith was as cute as a button and with her sweeter than honey voice she dominated the stage and held the happy and hydrated crowd in a state of rapture.
The band started strong, thumping out the rollicking A Stillness, a tune that was written to be performed live. If that folkish guitar beat reverberating through the very marrow of your bones doesn't get you smiling then nothing on this earth will.
They followed up with Hearts Like Ours, the first single off the new album, In Rolling Waves, which was released last year. During this song the crowd really started to get behind the hometown sweethearts.
The harmonious give and take between Xayalith and the crowd reached dizzying heights when she got everyone going for Rolling Waves. As the crowd sung with all their might the lights washed over them creating a surge of enthusiasm from the already eager sell-out audience.
The lighting lifted the entire performance and showed that these musicians aren't just about the music, they taking the time to tick all the boxes on their way to international stardom.
All The Naked and Famous need to make their concerts truly unforgettable is a more extensive back catalogue and that is just a matter of time. Luckily, these guys are making the wait enjoyable.
After 14 songs they closed off their show with the one and only, Young Blood. The crowd was ready even before the first note was played. The fans knew every word and the chorus lifted the roof off the building. As the final notes of the band's hit song echoed out, a stream of bubbles descended on the home crowd and in that moment the Naked and Famous were simply iridescent.
The band performs at The Powerstation again tonight.