REVIEW: The Naked and Famous live at Big Day Out Auckland
The Naked and Famous are one of New Zealand’s most celebrated bands and they finally returned to share the love with the locals, playing a 50 minute set in the blazing sun at Big Day Out Auckland, yesterday.
The main stage was packed at 2.35pm as the group kicked things off with the electrifying, ‘A Stillness,’ a down beat tune from their latest album ‘In Rolling Waves,’ which served to put lead singer Alisa Xayalith’s incredibly ethereal vocals in the spotlight immediately.
Dressed in a black maxi dress and rocking a new platinum blonde pixie cut, Alisa had the crowd wrapped around her little finger right from the word go. And coming out with ‘Punching in a Dream’ as the second number ensured the crowd was hooked.
While TNAF used the set to showcase a lot of new material with tracks including ‘Rolling Waves,’ and ‘I Kill Giants,’ they still offered up their greatest crowd pleasers - ‘Passive Me, Aggressive You,’ ‘Girls Like You’ and everyone’s favourite, ‘Young Blood.’
As their first show of the year, the band were undoubtedly thrilled to be able to play on home soil and repeatedly told the crowd so.
With no lights or pyrotechnics and nothing but the ‘In Rolling Waves’ cover art displayed on the screen behind them, this was The Naked and Famous as we have grown to know and love them over the past few years. Bare, bold and simply beautiful.