The Naked and Famous Profile

Gareth Shute
24 Apr 2020

The Naked and Famous have achieved startling success in the USA, though the scale of their achievements aren’t appreciated widely enough at home. Their song ‘Young Blood’ has pushed past 150 million streams and appeared in many popular TV shows, and their second album entered the Top 50 of the US album charts. Even now, they can easily pack out theatre shows across the States.

The original core of the band was three musicians who met in 2006 at audio engineering school, MAINZ: Thom Powers, Alisa Xayalith and Aaron Short. Powers learnt guitar from his folk musician father and played in metal bands during high school, but he became increasingly interested in electronic music and recording his own ideas. He bought himself a secondhand Mac, though this required borrowing the school’s audio interface and the machine could only do a limited amount of parts before it froze. Both he and Short had attended Rangitoto College and they had bonded over a shared love of Nine Inch Nails.

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The Naked and Famous - Punching in a Dream (2010)
The Naked and Famous: Alis Xayalith and Thom Powers in 2020.
The Naked and Famous - Passive Me, Aggressive You (2010)
The Naked and Famous, 2013. From left to right: David Beadle, Thom Powers, Alisa Xayalith, Aaron Short, Jesse Wood.
Photo credit: Promotional image
The Naked and Famous at SXSW, Austin TX, 2011. From left to right: Aaron Short, Jesse Wood, Alisa Xayalith, Thom Powers, David Beadle.
Photo credit: Kris Krug
The Naked and Famous - A Still Heart (2018)
The Naked and Famous - Young Blood (2010)
The Naked and Famous, 2016. From left: David Beadle, Alisa Xayalith, Jesse Wood, Thom Powers, Aaron-Short.
Photo credit: Promotional image
The Naked and Famous - Bury Us promo image.
Thom Powers and Alisa Xayalith, The Naked and Famous, 2019.
Photo credit: Promotional image
The Naked and Famous - Higher (2016)
The Naked and Famous - This Machine (Round Trip Mars, 2008)
The Naked and Famous - Serenade (2008)
The Naked and Famous - Sunseeker (2019)
The Naked and Famous - No Light (Round Trip Mars, 2008)
The Naked and Famous, 2020. 
Photo credit: Publicity image
The Naked and Famous - Simple Forms (2016)
Alis Xayalith performing with The Naked and Famous, Mighty Mighty, Wellington, 2008.
Photo credit: Gareth Shute
The Naked and Famous - The Sun (2012)
The Naked and Famous - In Rolling Waves (2013)
The Naked and Famous - Hearts Like Ours (2013)
Labels:

Somewhat Damaged


Fiction


Republic Records


Round Trip Mars

Members:

Alisa Xayalith - vocals, keyboards

Thom Powers - vocals, guitar, keyboards

Aaron Short - keyboards

David Beadle - bass, synth bass

Jesse Wood - drums

Luna Shadows - keyboards

Ben Knapp - bass

Jordan Clark - drums