VMvsic: The Naked And Famous – Hearts Like Ours

The Naked and Famous

[dropcap]A[/dropcap]uckland’s the Naked And Famous’ debut record Passive Me Aggressive You featured a bunch of brilliantly crafted electronic-pop songs on it, in particular the standouts “Punching In A Dream” and “Girls Like You,” taking the sound Passion Pit created a few years prior but fleshing it out a bit, giving it all a bit more bass and a more deliberate pacing. Now they’re back with a new track, “Hearts Like Ours,” the first cut from second album In Rolling Waves, which drops in mid-September. It has a bit of “Young Blood” DNA in it, but also feels like a late-’80s slow-burning arena-pop hit. Once again, the vocals take center stage, but there’s also a great guitar riff buried down there under all those synths. The Naked And Famous come to Boston October 12 with a gig at the House of Blues

Michael Marotta


[dropcap]T[/dropcap]he Naked And Famous are an alternative rock band from Auckland, New Zealand. They formed in 2008 when Thom Powers and Alisa Xayalith recorded EPs This Machine and No Light with engineer Aaron Short, a fellow student at Auckland’s MAINZ music college. The band took their name from a line in the English artist Tricky’s song “Tricky Kid”, “everybody wants to be naked and famous”, that is ambivalent about the notion of celebrity.