By Regina Nicolardi
The Naked And Famous (TNAF) have taken their highly anticipated third studio album Simple Forms to the road this fall, and a Monday night concert proved no match for the fans of the indie-electric, alt-rock band from New Zealand, as they packed Union Transfer.
After show openers The Chain Gang of 1974 and LA-based brother/sister duo XYLØ finished their sets, TNAF took the stage with their new single “Higher” as one of the opening numbers. Elevating the crowd with each beat, the effortless powerhouse vocals of Alisa Xayalith resonated as the band played through a mix of new and old favorites such as “A Girl Like You” and “Youngblood,” the band’s first mainstream hit. Not only did the band deliver with the sound, but the lighting design by Liam Griffiths provided some eye candy throughout the night, with stop-motion-esque strobe syncopation during “A Stillness” adding an extra level of drama to the show.
If you happened to miss TNAF this time around, don’t fret—it seems they make Philadelphia a regular stop on tours. Check out Radio 104.5’s Amber Miller’s interview with Thom Powers and Alisa as they sat down in studio for a chat about the city, a potential new acoustic album, and some stripped down versions from the new album.
All photos by Regina Nicolardi