BLOG: The Smell of Young Blood with The Naked & Famous
By Andrea Narvaez on November 24, 2010
Kicking off the first night of the event series Check Ya Ponytail 2 last night in Echo Park, the Echoplex opened it's doors to Los Angeles. A prime location and seen as a home to an emerging and ever-growing cultural and arts scene, Echo Park prepared it's visitors for an explosive weeknight, bringing in foreign acts from Toronto, New Zealand, and Australia. The event cultivates a scene for weekday dancing, showcasing the skills of guest DJs, and new and notable artists. Opening the night on stage was Diamond Rings, a young lad from Toronto, strumming guitars riffs along side electro beats from his keyboard. In all his shimmering, stylish glory, Diamond Rings amped up the attendees with his shining energy and excitement for hitting up the town.
The suspense was steaming for the following buzz-worthy and quite notable New Zealand five-piece band, The Naked and Famous. After hitting up the weekly event School Night the night before at Bardot in Hollywood, the band already had a taste of the L.A. crowd. Taking the stage with humbling grace, complimented by their ease and promptness at the scene, the quintet owned the crowd with their contageous energy right away. Pinning down the followers with their upbeat electro hit, "Punching In a Dream", The Naked and Famous wowed new listeners and mesmirized fans with their live performance. Playing tracks off their awaited but soon to be released U.S. full length debut, Passive Me Agressive You, such as "The Sun" and "No Way", the band really gave the music lovers a better taste of their overall sound. Embracing heavy guitars strings, and harder rock sounds that electro-indie rockers aren't necessarily used to, the Naked and Famous impressively succeeds using hypnotic vocals (Thomas Powers and Alisas Xayalith), dreamy synths, heavy percussion and catchy riffs to create a more than must-see performance as well as dier listen. Sealing the night with their blog-hyped single "Young Blood", dancers and non-dancers alike all let it out on the floor, singing along to better known hit. The Naked and Famous - expect great things to come from this band.
Check out the photos below for some of the show coverage.
Diamond Rings amps up the crowd.
Packed house at the Echoplex.
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The New Zealanders hit the stage.
The Naked and Famous - mesmirizing sounds. // PHOTO: Rachelle Flauta
Synth: Aaron Short / Bass: David Beadle / Drums: Jesse Wood
Vocals by Thomas Powers and Alisas Xayalith. // PHOTO: Rachelle Flauta
Closing out the night.