Music Hall of Williamsburg
The Naked and Famous

The Naked and Famous

Winter Gloves

Fri, August 12, 2011

Doors: 8:00 pm / Show: 9:00 pm

Music Hall of Williamsburg

Brooklyn, NY

$15 advance / $18 day of show

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The Naked and Famous
The Naked and Famous
The Naked And Famous reached the end of a remarkable two years in June 2012, finally leaving the road having completed a 250 gig campaign reaching 24 countries in support of their debut album Passive Me Aggressive You (Fiction Records).

The journey began with the release of the single “Young Blood” in their home country of New Zealand in June 2010. The delirious hit went straight in at the top of the NZ charts and has gone on to be viewed over 20million times on Vevo and Youtube and heard in countries many thousands of miles from their home. It is now certified Gold in the U.S. and Canada, and Platinum in Australia and New Zealand.

TNAF have built an ever-growing audience around the globe for their pulverizing live shows, a blend of the pure pop exhilaration of the hit singles “Young Blood” and “Punching In A Dream” with the thrilling dark electronic arts that drive the group’s sound.

In between sell-out tours of Europe, the USA and UK, the band took away a record-breaking haul of eight NZ Music Awards, including the big prizes of Best Album for Passive Me Aggressive You, Single for “Young Blood” and Best Group.

They add these to the NME Radar Award collected in February 2011 and the Silver Scroll songwriting prize already won in 2010 for “Young Blood”, the song that saw TNAF explode onto the world stage and airwaves this year. The group’s masterfully melodic blend of rock and electronic elements fronted by the boy-girl vocals of Thom Powers and Alisa Xayalith has made them a festival hit around the world in 2011 and Passive Me Aggressive You a critical favourite on its way to already selling over quarter of a million copies. The self-produced Passive Me Aggressive You received glowing four-star reviews in Uncut and Mojo and many other publications. NME’s 8/10 review called it a ‘glorious melting pot of pop perfection’, saying that the band’s ‘passive melodicism and aggressive innovation clash in a dazzling blaze of psych/sonic fireworks’.

TNAF’s 2011 festival triumphs include Glastonbury, Reading and Leeds and Latitude in the UK, Lollapolooza, South By Southwest, Fuji Rock in Japan, Australia’s Big Day Out, and Germany’s Rock Am Ring. These five young New Zealanders have at their disposal a seemingly effortless ability to capture the giddy fun and relentless hooks one has come to expect from the very best electro-pop, while at the same time striving for something grander, more brooding and atmospheric.

Their production skills were honed since the day TNAF formed in the early weeks of term at an Auckland music college. Initially they were a duo of Thom and Alisa, with Aaron Short providing behind-the-scenes production with Thom on their 2008 EPs, This Machine and No Light. Drummer Jesse Wood and bassist David Beadle had joined by the time TNAF began writing and recording Passive Me Aggressive You – the recording process itself still taking place in a mix of bedrooms and small studios with Thom and Aaron always at the controls.

Their achievements to date already mark this New Zealand band as an exciting one in the new generation of electronic rock acts. A young group of warped sound merchants making do-or-die, heart-in-mouth, chart-bound pop to invest your heart and soul in, they’ve taken their meteoric rise and the workload of hundreds of gigs and relentless touring that goes with it in their stride. Passionate about their music and connected to their equally fervent legions of fans, The Naked And Famous are very much not the emperor’s new clothes, they’re something special indeed.

The Naked And Famous are:
Aaron Short – keyboards, vocals
Alisa Xayalith – vocals, keyboards
David Beadle – bass, keyboards, vocals
Jesse Wood – drums
Thom Powers – vocals, guitar
Winter Gloves
Winter Gloves
All Red is Winter Gloves’ sophomore release on Paper Bag Records, a collection of ten songs that the band had been tinkering with on and off-stage during their past year on the road, and brought back to their Montreal studio to record over the past winter. In a return to the roots of the original EP that first introduced Winter Gloves’ poppy mix of gritty bass and synths sound, All Red was produced by the band’s Charles F (lead singer, guitar, synths). The foursome is rounded out with Patrick Sayers on drums, Vincent Chalifour on bass and synths, and Nico Ormiston on guitar and bringing back the glockenspiel that was a well-mentioned highlight on their debut about a girl album. Born out of the band’s curiosity with what happens in the spaces of jarring transitions between country and urban sprawl explored on their debut album, All Red is a step into the transition from the lightness of youth to the realities of growing up; the hiding places that we will find in corners or on dancefloors in those awkward moments. With the whimsy of “Gym Class” and tales of classic childhood characters you meet and carry with you in “Tooth Fairy”, alongside the reality of how often you might lose those friends along the way (“Trap The Mouse”), and hit the pitfalls and often disillusionment of growing up (“Plastic Slides”, “Strange Love”), All Red is a celebration of all those sometimes reluctant steps and spaces along the way that we’ll occupy, embrace, dance and hide out in. After some local demos of Charles F started making their way into the hands of folks’ outside his apartment in 2008, namely through the free CDs that were thrown offstage at their live shows, reactions beyond the city for Winter Gloves came quickly from the likes of Paper Bag Records and touring partners like Tokyo Police Club. Winter Gloves was properly introduced with the help of producer Jon Drew (F*cked Up, Arkells, Tokyo Police Club) on about a girl, released in the fall of 2008. Winter Gloves’ live sets often find Charles standing on his piano stool, a testament to the energy that takes over the stage as much as the crowds that they play for. The band’s relentless touring schedule over the past year included major tours across North America alongside You Say Party and Thunderheist, hitting the festival circuits with stops at Osheaga, Virgin Festival, Hillside and the Toronto International Film Festival’s Music Café, and still left enough time to tour in the California sun during the winter months to keep four Montreal guys happy. Live reviews consistently echo the sentiments of an early review of a Toronto show from Canada’s MuchMusic, who declared “Winter Gloves steal the show,” and NME who highlighted the band at a Montreal festival: “Winter Gloves harness what we've been recognizing as a 'Montreal sound,' low slung New Wave propelled on by some filthy beats in fine style. But they do it with more charisma and better songs than anyone else so far.”
Venue Information:
Music Hall of Williamsburg
66 North 6th St
Brooklyn, NY, 11211
http://www.musichallofwilliamsburg.com/