The Naked and Famous
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|The Naked and Famous|
The Naked and Famous in 2013
|Origin||Auckland, New Zealand|
|Associated acts||Kids of 88|
The Naked and Famous are an indie electronic band from Auckland, New Zealand, formed in 2007. The band consists of Alisa Xayalith (vocals, keyboards), Thom Powers (vocals, guitars), Aaron Short (keyboards), David Beadle (bass) and Jesse Wood (drums).
Xayalith (b. 1986) is the daughter of Laotian refugees, and was born in Auckland, and raised together with a younger brother. Her father introduced her to his native folk music and at the age of 13 she taught herself guitar. Powers had been playing in local bands since an early age after he had been taught to play guitar by his father.
2007–08: Early years
The band formed in 2008 when Thom Powers and Alisa Xayalith were working on what formed two extended plays—This Machine and No Light—that they recorded with engineer Aaron Short, a fellow student at Auckland's MAINZ music college. The EPs were subsequently released on local independent label Round Trip Mars. Powers and Xayalith began performing live with Ben Knapp and Jordan Clark on bass and drums respectively, while Aaron Short became a performing member of the group. Knapp and Clark left the group in 2009 and were subsequently replaced with Jesse Wood and David Beadle.
2009–11: Passive Me, Aggressive You
After recording "All of This", the group then set about recording the single "Young Blood" and their debut album, recording mostly at home and at Auckland studio The Lab. "Young Blood" debuted on the New Zealand chart at number one on 14 June 2010—the first New Zealand artist in three years to do so. The Naked and Famous released their debut studio album, Passive Me, Aggressive You, on 6 September 2010 on their own label, Somewhat Damaged. The album was produced by Thom Powers and Aaron Short, and mixed by Billy Bush.
In 2011, the band garnered six nominations at the New Zealand Music Awards for Album of the Year, Single of the Year, Best Group, Breakthrough Artist of the Year, Best Alternative Album and the People's Choice Award. They were also nominated for the NZ On Air Best Music Video and won the MAINZ Best Engineer Award and the MAINZ Best Producer Award.
2012–13: In Rolling Waves
The band settled in Los Angeles in mid-2012 after completing touring for Passive Me, Aggressive You. They had performed over 200 shows in 24 countries between 2010 and 2012. Sharing a home over the back of Laurel Canyon, they began work on writing and demoing their second album. Their intention was to record an album that could be played live, not relying on backing tracks—something the group had always eschewed.
Entering Los Angeles' Sunset Sound studio in March 2013 with engineer Billy Bush (who had mixed the previous album), they began the process of recording In Rolling Waves. The album sessions were completed in a month and then in June 2013, The Naked and Famous headed for London where Alan Moulder spent a month mixing the album at his Willesden studio, Assault and Battery. The album was mastered at Sterling Sound in New York by Joe LaPorta, who had also mastered Passive Me, Aggressive You, and was produced by Thom Powers with Aaron Short. Justin Meldal-Johnsen co-produced two tracks with Thom Powers.
2014–present: Simple Forms 
The Naked and Famous performed at Coachella in 2014. On 20 November 2014, the band announced that they had begun working on a third album. The band began tracking for the album in September 2015. In March 2016, they performed at the Wanderland Music and Arts Festival in Manila.
On 3 July 2016, the band announced their new single "Higher" would be released on 7 July. Upon the single's release, the band revealed that their new album titled Simple Forms was set to be released on 14 October 2016 via their label Somewhat Damaged in conjunction with Kobalt Label Services. On 24 August 2016, they released another single titled "Laid Low". The album was recorded at Powers' Echo Park studio and released as per the announcement.
In popular culture
"Grow Old" was featured in Season 1, Episode 7 of "The Originals"
"Punching in a Dream" was featured in Season 2, Episode 5 of The Vampire Diaries; Season 1, Episode 7 of "World of Jenks; and the eleventh season of Degrassi. It also appears on the soundtrack for EA Sports game, FIFA 12 video game. "Punching in a Dream" has also been featured at the start of The Vampire Diaries season 3 episode 11. "Punching In A Dream" is the theme song for and is regularly played in the UK reality series Made in Chelsea. It was featured in the worldwide influential YouTube short documentary Kony 2012. In 2012, "Punching in a Dream" was featured on the musical comedy film Pitch Perfect as well as the 2012 game Forza Horizon.
"The Sun" was used in episode 18 of the fourth season of Gossip Girl, in the intro of the first episode of One Tree Hill season 9, in the end of episode 19 of the first season of The Secret Circle, in the "Moment of Truth" episode of Grey's Anatomy  and at the end credits of episode 2 of the sixth season of True Blood; this episode has the same name as the song.
- "Young Blood"
- a promo for the television series Property Brothers, and the pilot of Covert Affairs
- the pilot and Season 3 Finale of The Almighty Johnsons
- season 4 episode 13 of Chuck
- season 4 episode 14 of Gossip Girl
- the season 5 episode 6 Promo of the episode Alo from Skins
- the eleventh season of Degrassi
- the third episode of MTV's Awkward
- the pilot of The Secret Circle
- the season one finale of Whitney
- the first season of the HBO TV series The Leftovers
- the ninth episode "The Garveys at Their Best"
- the film Prom and in its trailer
- in Red Bull's The Art of Flight, a snowboarding film released 7 September 2011
- a TV commercial for the Canon EOS 600D aired worldwide in Q3 2011
- the series finale of the sitcom Whitney
- remixed, in the movie 21 and Over
- at the beginning of the prom scene in the 2013 horror film Carrie
- in a 2010 advert for Strongbow Apple Cider.
- remixed by Renholdër, on the soundtrack to the 2012 film Underworld: Awakening.
- in numerous television ads for Kohl's in 2015
- an audition of Brittney Kerr which screened 18 January 2012 on American Idol 2012, Season 11
- the 2012 reboot of the SSX snowboarding series of video games; also prominently in multiple trailers leading up to the release of the game.
- trailers for the 2012 horror film The Cabin in the Woods
- the pilot episode of Elementary, which premiered on CBS on 27 September 2012
- as the opening theme song of #SU, a student-oriented magazine TV talk show produced by students of Silliman University in Dumaguete City, in the Philippines
A remix of "No Way" is the second track on Santa Cruz electronic music producer Bassnectar's 2015 album Into the Sun. "No Way" is also featured in Red Bull's The Art of Flight, it also appeared as the backing soundtrack for an advert on Channel 4, showcasing their new dramas.
"Girls Like You" was featured in the 11th season of Degrassi and in the third episode of The Secret Circle. It also has an airing near the end of The First Time when Aubrey plays it from the CD mix she made for Dave's car as he is giving her a ride to school.
"Bright Lights" is featured in Need for Speed Rivals.
The Naked and Famous took their name from English musician Tricky's song "Tricky Kid", which is ambivalent about the notion of celebrity. In the song, Tricky quotes the line "everybody wants to be naked and famous", from The Presidents of the United States of America's song "Naked and Famous".
Awards and nominations
|2010||APRA Silver Scroll||"Young Blood"||Won|
|New Zealand Music Awards||Passive Me, Aggressive You||Critics' Choice Prize||Nominated|
|2011||Passive Me, Aggressive You||MAINZ Best Producers||Won|
|Passive Me, Aggressive You||MAINZ Best Engineers||Won|
|Passive Me, Aggressive You||Album of the Year||Won|
|Passive Me, Aggressive You||Best Alternative Album||Won|
|"Young Blood"||Single of the Year||Won|
|The Naked and Famous||Best Group||Won|
|The Naked and Famous||Breakthrough Artist||Won|
|The Naked and Famous||People's Choice Award||Nominated|
|Taite Music Prize||Passive Me, Aggressive You||Nominated|
|NME||The Naked & Famous||Phillip Hall Radar Award||Won|
|2014||New Zealand Music Awards||In Rolling Waves||Album Of The Year||Nominated|
|Hearts Like Ours||Single Of The Year||Nominated|
|Hearts Like Ours||Best Music Video||Won|
|The Naked & Famous||Best Group||Won|
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