The Naked and Famous Help You Forget

April 5th, 2012

The Naked and Famous – Terminal 5 – April 4, 2012

New Zealand electropop band the Naked and Famous proved why they’re one of the hottest tickets of the month with a dazzling set at Terminal 5 last night. Playing in a symmetrical stage setup and with the aid of a wild light show, lead singers Thom Powers and Alisa Xayalith continually charged up the crowd with their band’s memorable music. Loud cheers rang out early, as if the fans were surprised the band would open with a big hits like “All of This”—a build-as-it-goes track reminiscent of LCD Soundsystem’s great “All My Friends”—which started out almost too softly before the drums, guitar and other members joined the singers’ voices midway.

The Naked and Famous followed that with an even more celebrated choice in “Punching in a Dream.” But the band didn’t just spend the whole show feeding the audience dance anthems. A few moodier and far heavier songs showed off their depth. Powers and Xayalith sloshed and screamed their way through “Jilted Lovers,” a louder, denser song, while the LED video board behind them flashed intensely while still matching the electronic beat. Having performed a great misdirection for the rest of the set, the Auckland quintet finally let loose with other big favorites in “Girls Like You” and “The Sun,” just in time for everyone to spend another 10 minutes forgetting that it was just another Wednesday night. —Sean O’Kane

Photos courtesy of Joe Papeo |