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The Naked and Famous (formed 2008)
The Naked and Famous are an indie electronic band from Auckland, New Zealand. The group consists of the following members: Aaron Short (keyboardist), Alisa Xayalith (singer, keyboardist), Thom Powers (singer, guitarist), David Beadle (bassist) and Jesse Wood (drummer). They are best known for their songs 'Young Blood' and 'Punching in a Dream'.
Formation: The band formed in 2008 when Thom Powers and Alisa Xayalith recorded EPs This Machine and No Light with engineer and fellow music college student Aaron Short.
Musical Career: The band started off by recording the singles 'All of This' and 'Young Blood' before going on to work on their debut album - recording mostly at home and at The Lab an Auckland studio. The band became the first New Zealand artist in three years to do debut with a number one single after the release of 'Young Blood' on the 14th June 2010. September 2010 saw the release of the band's debut studio album, Passive Me, Aggressive You, via their own label, Somewhat Damaged. The band were nominated for the BBC Sound of 2011 poll by December that year.
The group were nominated for six awards at the New Zealand Music Awards in 2011 for Album of the Year, Single of the Year, Best Group, Breakthrough Artist of the Year, Best Alternative Album and the People's Choice Award. Alongside this The Naked And Famous were also nominated for the NZ On Air Best Music Video and won the MAINZ Best Engineer Award and the MAINZ Best Producer Award.
After performing over 200 shows in 24 countries between 2010 and 2012 whilst touring their debut album, the band settled in Los Angeles to work on their second album - this time explicitly focusing on writing and recording a record that could be played live. With sound engineer Billy Bush (who had worked on their debut LP) alongside them, the group began recording the new album in March 2013 - which was completed a month later. Next the group took their album over to London to be mixed for a month by Alan Moulder (worked with Foals, Arctic Monkeys). July 2013 saw the band launch their new single "Hearts Like Ours". In Rolling Waves, the band's second studio album, came out in September 2013 and reached number four in New Zealand's Album Chart. The Naked and Famous announced that they are working on a third album on the 20th November 2014.
The Naked and Famous have also received credit from other sources in popular culture. In the past their singles have been used for shows such as The Vampire Diaries, Degrassi, Made in Chelsea, Gossip Girl, Grey's Anatomy; the video games FIFA 12 and Forza Horizon; and the films Pitch Perfect and The Cabin in the Woods.
The Naked And Famous - Aaron Short and Alisa Xayalith Toronto, Canada - The Naked and Famous makes an appearance on MuchMusic's New.Music.Live during their tour stop in Toronto Saturday 30th April 2011
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