Anyone who watched the Naked and Famous shoot up the charts and into larger venues knows of the New Zealand pop band’s potential. But it’s also hard to judge a band on a debut album alone, regardless of how good it is.
And here enters the news of the Naked and Famous’ new record, “In Rolling Waves,” to be released on Sept. 17 on Republic. The band released its lead single “Hearts Like Ours” this week. Stream it here:
It’s safe to say that 2010’s “Passive Me, Aggressive You” is one of the strongest, most infectious debuts of the last few years. On the strength of the obnoxiously great single “Young Blood,” which has since been heard on radio and film and TV commercials and beyond, the record pushed the Kiwi act into the indie pop elite – and then way past that, onto mainstream FM stations and prime time television.
Singer Alisa Xayalith & Co. are back after nearly three years, and this latest single has some of the same electronic pop manipulation that made “Young Blood” so fun. “Hearts Like Ours” grows from muted tones to opened-up grandeur in the first 45 seconds, and then it’s onto the wide-open, full-blown chorus, which sounds … familiar.
Is there a formula at work here? Yeah. But the band is young, and it’s a winning sound — especially because Xayalith’s voice is that of a siren, cooing, telling secrets and speaking seductively to the backdrop of the best pop-electronic production this side of Passion Pit.
The Naked and Famous play Denver’s Fillmore Auditorium, on Oct. 18.
More Naked and Famous tour dates:
Sept. 25 – San Diego CA, House of Blues
Sept. 27 – Los Angeles CA, Wiltern
Sept. 29 – Tucson AZ, Rialto Theater
Oct. 1 – Dallas TX, House of Blues
Oct. 2 – Austin TX, Stubbs
Oct. 3 – Houston TX, House of Blues
Oct. 5 – Atlanta GA, The Tabernacle
Oct. 6 – Washington DC, 9:30 Club
Oct. 8 – Philadelphia PA, Electric Factory
Oct. 10 – New York NY, Terminal 5
Oct. 12 – Boston MA, House of Blues
Oct. 14 – Toronto ON, Sound Academy
Oct. 16 – Chicago IL, Riviera Theater
Oct. 18 – Denver CO, Fillmore Auditorium
Oct. 20 – Vancouver BC, Orpheum Theatre
Oct. 21 – Seattle WA, Showbox Sodo
Oct. 22 – Portland OR, Roseland Theater
Oct. 24 – Las Vegas NV, The Cosmopolitan
Oct. 25 – Oakland CA, Fox Theater
Oct. 26 – Pomona CA, Fox Theater