I wonder if musicians from New Zealand get a special travellers discount if they travel to Oxford this summer? An odd statement you may think (and you’d be correct), but this month, we are getting a fair few Kiwi’s rolling into the City of Dreaming Spires and treating us to their music. Conan Mocasin recently supported Warpaint, on June 1st Wellington’s The Phoenix Foundation will play at the Jericho Tavern and this Thursday BBC’s Sound of 2011 poll nominees The Naked And Famous will entertain Oxfordians (and travelling outsiders, of course) at the O2 Academy Oxford.
The band released their debut album, Passive Me, Aggressive You, last September and won decent praise from the UK music press. NME dubbed the album “a glorious melting pot of pop perfection (8/10)” and Allmusic stated that “there’s nothing passive about how much you could aggressively love this band (4/5 Stars)” and The Fly called it “fervent, infectious and highly highly hummable, this is a band armed with songs to fall in love with”. Fans of Yeasayer’s electronic ambition and Architecture In Helsinki’s skittish pop hooks will appreciate The Naked And Famous’ take on electro-pop which, in all honesty, can swing either way in terms of quality; get it wrong and it just sounds like 80s wannabe faff. Luckily, the band’s ear for infectious melodies makes up for any potential synthesizer sceptics. The band also won the Radar Prize at this year’s NME Awards.
Support comes from synth-duo Alpines who priduce “ethereal ‘night pop'” according to The Guardian. Tickets cost £9 and can be bought from WeGotTickets. Watch the video for next single ‘Girls Like You’, released on June 6th, underneath: