New Zealand's The Naked and Famous took their suave stage presence and high-energy rock anthems to Boston's Paradise Rock Club last night. Before they went on, White Arrows and The Chain Gang of 1974 zapped the cozy venue with solid tunes, and strong energy. Chain Gang's angsty lead man took his exit only after jumping stage to dance with the audience, and taking out his drummer.
The Naked and Famous came on with composed mystique, like characters out of The Matrix, opening with "The Ends." But the walls came down when lead singer Alisa Xayalith danced around the stage with a tambourine during "A Wolf in Geek's Clothing." The band managed four synthesizers, one guitar, a drum set, vocal harmony, and a tambourine with perfect precision, and they did it with veteran showmanship.
The songs sounded as smooth live as on their recorded debut, Passive Me, Aggressive You, only with a whole lot more energy, and many more voices from the audience joining in. Xyalith and Thom Powers—smooth on guitar—performed as though every movement had been mapped out with the purpose of making the audience dance. The guitar solos, especially in "All Of This" were explosive, and the use of synth in tracks such as "Spank" was nuanced to the nth degree.
Most of the songs they played were off Passive Me, Aggressive You, but they did play a few older tracks. They saved "Young Blood" for the encore. The lights came on toward the end of the song and the band stopped playing for a few seconds. Just when the crowd looked ready for over, there was a great flash, and another round of chorussince there were so many voices singing, the "Yeah Yeah Yeah Yeah" sounded just as full echoing in the Paradise Rock Club as it does on the album.
The Naked and Famous will be continuing their tour tomorrow at Webster Hall in New York City. If you can't make that show, check out this one: The Naked and Famous live at the Bowery Electric, only on Baeblemusic.