The Naked And Famous
"In Rolling Waves" (release date: 01.11.2013)
Even if they already are of course part of the pop culture round-the-clock news feeds, you can feel at The Naked And Famous still connect to the Golden Age of Alternative Rock: The five-piece band from New Zealand sees himself clearly in the tradition of that epic emotional sounds of the nineties, with which they are all grown up.
Your acclaimed debut album "Passive Me, Aggressive You " which was published in March 2011, this country went straight into the Top 40, brought among others the singles "Youngblood " and "Punching In A Dream " forth. The British NME celebrated the album "as classic beauty: The passive aggressive melodies and innovations TNAF together produce an overwhelming Psych firework display ", While British Rolling Stone "Youngblood " declared one of the best singles of the year.
The of Alisa Xayalith and Thom Powers Citations band also caused the net immediately fOr sensation because while the number of views on YouTube soared, gave M83 a remix with them in order, and Tiestos Remix of "Youngblood " finally made the track even at a bona fide club hit. And then also various companies and agencies discovered the sound of TNAF whereby its actually perfect for Zeitgeist matching songs should arrive in advertising, in the cinema or in computer games soon ...
12 months ago had the thing still looked quite different: The five-member band - the other three members hot way David Beadle, Jesse Wood and Aaron Short - Spent time still a lot of their time in their own rooms in the northern Auckland and feilte there calmly to the future hits. But the calm was soon concluded: In June 2012, she had appeared before over 600,000 people in 24 countries, after which the band made the decision, first time to play any further concerts to make instead to work on the second album. "We had the concert series certainly can continue forever ", says singer Thom, "Finally, there were still so many places where we would have liked to play. Only the other hand we had the go already collected many new ideas, and we were just reached the point where we finally wanted to transform into new songs these ideas. "
To do that, they rented a house in Laurel Canyon, those folk enclave in Los Angeles, which was a quite significant siting: With one foot in the municipalities adhere together (stand on TNAF namely), also glitz, glamor and abysses are of Hollywood only a short distance away. "L.A.'s just a surreal place. Like a big party where your enemy is about to burst into tears ... the one hand this Exuberant, vivid, and including lurks every moment a truly depressing downside " means Alisa. "As a band we have been an oblique but perfectly intact family, and for that reason our songs automatically act of what's going on in each other so. Relations, annoyances, crises, stop all the things we noticed each other as "
The resulting second album "In Rolling Waves " is peppered with urgently-powerful electro-rock anthems that again in bedroom sessions first took shape, and then transformed into Wales and Australia in demos and finally should be added to the Sunset Sound Studios in Los Angeles. "We have the songs rehearsed genuine long before we went into the studio " tells Thom,"namely for the simple reason, because we all were eager to make an album that no extra tricks we perform live and in the studio can. "
Whether it's the massive synth sounds of "Waltz " or an uncompromising lullaby like "Grow Old " concerns - already these two tracks clearly show that the band wanted to make a clear statement with their new album. Although "A Stillness " more like an inspired by the folk traditions of Laurel Canyon play begins, it finally turns out to be epic number with Prog-impact, while "Hearts Like Ours " and "What We Want " exactly the kind of euphoria spraying, which may be regarded as her trademark now. The casual-snotty pop track "I Kill Giants " refers to Xayalith on her childhood, because even the title comes from the eponymous comic book (by Joe Kelly), which has many parallels to their own lives according to their statement.
In the latter track and "The Mess " had way too Justin Meldal-Johnsen (Beck, NIN) his fingers as co-producer in the game - an absolute novelty for the band, which otherwise always had everything done single-handedly "I've all the producer-thing never really dared over the road, but Justin has a really interesting approach and that is why I felt like this cooperation ", tells Thom. "Great thing about it is: Suddenly you can ask for someone else's opinion and get it, a concrete announcement, so À la 'away with the stupid guitar because that sounds Sucks "! To mix down his dreamy Dark Wave Experiment, Powers took then also still Alan Moulder (NIN, Foals, My Bloody Valentine) to: "Even as a teenager I dreamed of working time with Alan Moulder. Mir is eventually noticed that he had his fingers in all albums, which I was at the game. "
sound 2013 The Naked And Famous much more mature than before, and you can own words, not wait to share the new tracks with their fans. "Each of these songs feels like you are right in the middle of a situation. There are no flashbacks, no inventories; there are snapshots " means Thom finally. "I would even say that the whole album is based on this less-is-more approach. As a result, everything feels much more direct, more urgent, more alive. "
It was produced in Rolling Waves of Thom Powers, who was assisted by Aaron Short and Justin Meldal-Johnsen. The Naked And Famous are Thom Powers (guitar / vocals), Alisa Xayalith (vocals / keyboards), David Beadle (bass), Jesse Wood (drums) and Aaron Short (keyboards).
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