The Naked and Famous
The Olympia Theatre
Monday 25th November 2013
Please note, Stalls standing tickets are sold out, a limited number of Circle reserved seats & Upper Circle unreserved seats are still available.
Approximate times as follows: doors open 7pm, support from Sons & Lovers around 8pm, with TNAF due on stage about 9pm. We would expect the show to end around 10.30pm/10.45pm. Please note, times subject to change as always.
Under 14's must be accompanied by an adult, Over 18's ID required to gain access to the bars where alcohol is served.
“enraptured, velveteen synth-pop wonderment.” NME
Everyone knows that the very best music can meddle with your mind, plunging you into the opposite extremes of both happiness and sadness all at once, in intense three minute bursts. It can transport you temporarily to a realm where anything is possible and nothing is out of reach. The latest key holders to that illusive turf are New Zealand's The Naked And Famous.
These five young Aucklanders have at their disposal a seemingly effortless ability to capture the giddy fun and relentless hooks one has come to expect from the very best electro-pop, while at the same time striving for something grander, more brooding and atmospheric. It’s this special proposition that has landed the band triumphant success on their native soil (their single ‘Young Blood’ debuted at number one in the NZ chart, as did the album Passive Me Aggressive You on its recent release, both on the group’s own Somewhat Damaged label), and has meant that containing their sounds to their homeland has been something of an impossibility.
One of 2010’s genuine organic buzzes has already yielded results that overshadow most hype-bands. Over the past six months the antipodeans’ fantastical glitching gems have scorched through the blogosphere like a hot knife through butter, culminating first in the international release of ‘Young Blood’ on none-other than the most notorious pop-picking label on planet earth, Neon Gold (Marina And The Diamonds, Ellie Goulding etc) and then with the group finding a home away from home on Fiction Records. Now, with Down Under virtually conquered, and ‘Passive Me, Aggressive You’ readied for full international release, the band’s sights are set far and wide. And in keeping with their music’s edifying powers, anything seems possible...
Thom and Alisa met at music college in 2008 and formed a songwriting partnership that would become the life force of TNAF. Aaron, a high school acquaintance of Thom’s, was also studying at the same college and soon became a production foil to the duo as they toyed with song and recording ideas after hours in the college studio and various bedrooms. These eventually became The Naked And Famous’s first releases, the twin EPs No Light and This Machine.
Forming a live band was secondary to the studio for Thom and Alisa. After the couple’s first tentative steps using backing musicians, they coaxed Aaron out from his role as their live sound engineer to assume suitable knob-twiddling duties onstage - as a sort of electronics overlord - and eventually the perfect rhythm section was found in the shape of another two of their high school mates, Jesse and David. Working furiously throughout 2009 on developing a new live set and dozens of demos, The Naked And Famous embarked on an expansion of their sound, as together they experimented with the epic turns and cinematic moods that define them today.
'Passive Me, Aggressive You', the debut long-player from TNAF came together at scattered small studio locations around Auckland. Operations, as ever, were overseen by self-confessed 'control freak' Thom, the song ideas coloured by Aaron’s input as he and Thom shared production duties on the album, and constantly guided by Alisa's unique melodies. The Album has received widespread critical acclaim- "Brilliant melodies and layers of dreamy distortion" The Guardian. “enraptured, velveteen synth-pop wonderment.” NME
Upper Circle: €22.50 incl. booking fee
Standing/Circle: €25.00 incl. booking fee
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