You may remember the electrifying hit by electronic rock/ synthrock band The Naked and Famous a few years ago. The band has also been described as indie-electronic and post-punk revival. The song “Youngblood” was a hit on the radio, released from their first album “Passive Me, Aggressive You” around the middle of 2010.
The album was their debut album and received ample awards and recognition, including Best Single for “Youngblood” and Best Alternative Album as well as Best Breakthrough Act, all won in New Zealand. The song was described as synthpop and dance-rock and was received extremely well by critics. Soon after the success of “Youngblood”, the band released “Hearts Like Ours” from the 2013 album, “In Rolling Waves”, which featured and indie pop/ psychedelic sound.
The band’s first two albums were indeed successful, especially the debut. They settled in Los Angeles around the time of their second album and announced their third album in 2014, called “Simple Forms”, releasing “Higher”, an energetic synthpop song onto alternative radio in 2016, after working on the song. The song previews an upbeat sound, characteristic of the group, and is really exciting.
I personally love this band, so I anticipate more music from this album. I do not expect to be let down; this has easily become one of my favorite groups. I saw them on Friday at ALT Summer Camp 2016, where they performed songs like “Punching in a Dream,” a dance-rock tune from “Passive Me, Aggressive You”, “Higher”, and “Youngblood.”
They also performed at other venues with other acts in the line-up, like University of California, Riverside, at the Spring Splash event. I can predict that The Naked and Famous will continue to mesmerize with bubbly hits that resonate with alternative listeners. I also wonder if they will have a widespread hit like “Youngblood”, once again, soon.