Saturday, May 17, 2014

NZMM Day 17 – The Naked And Famous

The Naked And Famous is a New Zealand alternative rock band from Auckland. They’re also sometimes called a “post punk revival band”. So far, they’ve released two studio albums, one compilation album, three EPs, five singles and 10 music videos. They’ve been busy.

The video above is “Young Blood”, and it was their biggest single in New Zealand. It debuted at Number 1 on the NZ chart on June 14, 2010, the first New Zealand act to do so in three years. It reached number 64 in the UK, 26 in Australia, Number 10 on the Canadian alternative chart and Number 9 on the USA alternative chart. It went Platinum in New Zealand, Australia and North America.

The song was the first single from their first studio album, Passive Me, Aggressive You, which reached Number 1 on the NZ album chart and went Gold. The album also reached 25 in Australia, 25 in the UK, 91 in the US, and 12 on the US alternative chart. “Young Blood” is what got me to buy their album on iTunes.

The second single from the album was “Punching in a Dream” (below), was also from 2010. It hit Number 11 in New Zealand, Number 56 in Australia (and went Gold). It was also Number 16 on the Canadian alternative chart and 18 on the US alternative chart.

“Punching in a Dream” was their last charted single (so far) in New Zealand. Their most recent single, “Hearts Like Ours” (below) reached number 83 on the Australian chart and Number 26 on the US alternative chart. It’s from their second studio album, In Rolling Waves, which was released on September 13, 2013. The video is of their live performance of the song on The Late Late Show With Craig Ferguson on September 30, 2013.

In Rolling Waves reached Number 4 on the NZ album chart, Number 12 in Australia, Number 48 in the USA (and 14 on the US alternative album chart).

The band is currently touring, finishing up gigs in Auckland, and then heading to the USA for a tour for the rest of May and through mid-June before heading to Europe for the rest of June and July.

The band’s music has been used in a lot of TV shows. The bad has also released a live film, One Temporary Escape, that can be watched on YouTube or downloaded for free from their site.

They’re clearly busy.

Update: Public Address'"Capture" photo blog has photos from TNAF in Auckland.

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