The annual BBC Sound Of 2011 poll is known for being a little self-serving, giving a helpful boost to the profiles of the artists being covered, but it also gives them an almost guaranteed UK tour, as promoters clamber for bookings to ride the wave of attention.
It feels like Brighton has seen most of the list by now, following recent appearances by James Blake, Clare Maguire, Jessie J, among most of the others. However, there’s one group that have been omitted from the listings so far, The Naked & Famous, but thankfully that’s about to be rectified as they arrive here on March 9th.
THE NAKED & FAMOUS
This five piece have become the biggest export from New Zealand in years, having become chart-topping sensations over that side of the world, with their singles and debut album. They arrive in the UK in support of their LP, Passive Me, Aggressive You, which is due for a UK release on March 14th. Their giant hit-single-in-waiting, Young Blood, will be out slightly earlier, reaching the shelves on March 7th. Soon after they plan a tour around Canada and the US through April and May. When MGMT dropped the indie pop baton with the exceptionally bad album, Congratulations, these antipodeans grabbed it and are running into the distance with it firmly in hand. It’s a perfect booking for Brighton’s beach front club, Digital, which we expect to see absolutely heaving, so grab any remaining tickets here and we will see you there.
THE NAKED & FAMOUS – YOUNGBLOOD (DAVE SITEK REMIX)
THE NAKED & FAMOUS – YOUNGBLOOD (CHIDDY BANG REMIX)
Although we’re positive you don’t require a second reason to go to this show, this support band are well worth getting there early for. So loud is the buzz surrounding the South Coast six piece you could probably hear it in New Zealand, hence them earning a few support shows on this tour. Fans of this new wave of exciting, post-foals, intelligent indie bands, which also include the likes of Cymbals and Trophy Wife, among others, will find a lot to love in this band, as they’re perhaps the brightest of the bunch. Their deadly concoction means it’s not just Foals’ throne that’s under threat, as they could take Friendly Fires too, if their ballooning promise is fulfilled. We wouldn’t be surprised if this band were headlining Digital in months to come. (MB)
YAAKS – HRHRHYTHM
YAAKS – CAVALCADE