‘The Naked and Famous’ were welcomed by a huge turn-out in the seafront club that is at Digital. The five-piece from New Zealand opened with the catchy first track of their new album ‘All of This’, followed by their recognisable single ‘Punching in a Dream’ to get everyone going. The Kiwi’s really worked the crowd; the amazing sound system (the loudest in the UK!) and lighting FX of Digital really lent something their pumping, rocked up, synth performance.
Lead vocalists Thom Powers and Alisa Xayalith are the creative force behind the band, and their vocals complimented each other perfectly in this live environment. I do think a band has to have a unique style when they’re performing, and they definitely had it, especially with Alisa’s over-long fringe whipping about everywhere!
With their rocky/electronic feel ‘TNAF’ seem to fill the gap left by MGMT, and their music wouldn’t be out of place in an episode of Skins! The band has been hotly tipped across the board, featuring in the BBC’s Sound of 2011 Poll and NME’s New Stars of 2011 issue.
They ended with their new single ‘Young Blood’ sending everyone wild – this is the tune that enabled them to become the first New Zealand band to have a number 1 hit in their own country for 16 years! After chanting “1 more tune!” they didn’t disappoint by playing two songs in the encore and handing out a free album to the liveliest dancer at the front. This Brighton gig was their last in their UK tour, celebrating the release of their new album ‘Passive Me, Aggressive You’.