Bret and Jemaine? Yeah. Hobbits? Of course. The Maori? Word. Buzzworthy band? Um, no. New Zealand is known for a lot of things, but inhabiting indie bands with a load of hype is not among them. That will all change when The Naked and the Famous release their full-length debut Passive Me Aggressive You in March. It already has.
For the first time, probably ever, a band from Kiwi country is poised for huge success in the states. The Naked and the Famous have already taken their homeland, and have already gone international. Case in point: the video for their infectious electro-stunner “Young Blood” has over a million hits on YouTube. It doesn’t stop there. The industry is buzzing, and the band has already secured a touring gig opening for the British band Foals. I spoke with vocalist Thom Powers and asked him to weigh in on the buzz, discuss how the album came together, and share where he’d like to see the band in the not-too-distant future.