Tuesday, March 29, 2011

The Naked and Famous to tour in support of upcoming album

Critical darlings and international sensation THE NAKED AND FAMOUS (TNAF) are set to drop their debut album, PASSIVE ME AGGRESSIVE YOU, via Universal Republic Records on March 15, 2011 in stores everywhere. The band has announced performances at SXSW 2011 in March and will commence its first North American tour alongside British band Foals and Brooklyn’s Freelance Whales kicking off on April 10 in Vancouver, Canada BC. Their first single, "Young Blood," originally released as a seven inch on the ultra-hip Neon Gold label, and now available on digital platforms, serves as the perfect gateway into the New Zealand quintet's exquisite dream pop, oscillating between a calculatedly energetic beat, glitch-y rhythms, and airy synths underneath the gorgeous dual vocals of Alisa Xayalith and Thom Powers. After a live in session U.S. debut on KCRW's tastemaker radio show, "Morning Becomes Eclectic," "Young Blood" has begun its journey across college (currently Top 10 at CMJ), alternative and modern rock airwaves entrancing listeners everywhere. THE NAKED AND FAMOUS have quickly become firmly entrenched in the international pop culture consciousness. PASSIVE ME AGGRESSIVE YOU earned a tri fecta of number ones in New Zealand. It debuted at #1 on the New Zealand album charts, "Young Blood" was a #1 single, and the album was voted critics #1 album of 2010 by The New Zealand Herald. In the UK, the band was one of 15 chosen on the BBC's coveted "Sounds of 2011" list and NME’s Ones To Watch list for 2011." That fervor surrounding THE NAKED AND FAMOUS has spread to the United States instantly. PASSIVE ME AGGRESSIVE YOU was #15 on MySpace's "Best Albums of 2010" list, and the site announced, "This is likely to be the only album here that will turn up on your Best of 2011 list, too." LA Weekly writes, "TNAF has all the right ingredients”, while Filter Magazine says, "Expect great things to come from this band." Universal Republic Records COO Avery Lipman paid attention to the band's impact in New Zealand and was transfixed by their unique sound. He comments, "I followed the rise of THE NAKED AND FAMOUS overseas, and I was so intrigued by their style. Delving deeper into the music, I was automatically inspired to work with them. I wanted to bring them to the United States in a big way, and there's a lot on the horizon for Republic and the band together." Powers and his band mates can't wait for listeners to dive into PASSIVE ME, AGGRESSIVE YOU. “Being discovered by music fans all over the world has been a surreal experience but in all honesty - we are an 'album band'. That's always been the pinnacle of what we're about and why we do this. Being able to release our album in the States is a real privilege.” With a performance at SXSW scheduled and "Young Blood" on the radio, everybody will be able to enjoy THE NAKED AND FAMOUS gorgeous pop music soon as the band plans to make their U.S tour debut in April 2011. Upcoming U.S. Tour Dates: FRI 4/8 LOS ANGELES, CA Echoplex MON 4/11 SEATTLE, WA Showbox TUE 4/12 PORTLAND, OR Wonder Ballroom THU 4/14 SAN FRANCISCO, CA Great American Music Hall FRI 4/15 SAN DIEGO, CA House of Blues TUE 4/19 HOUSTON, TX Fitzgeralds WED 4/20 DALLAS, TX Granada THU 4/21 AUSTIN, TX La Zona Rosa FRI 4/22 KANSAS CITY, MO Beaumont SAT 4/23 ST. LOUIS, MO Firebird TUE 4/26 CHICAGO, IL Metro WED 4/27 COLUMBUS, OH Outland FRI 4/29 CLEVELAND, OH Beachland SAT 4/30 TORONTO, ON Phoenix SUN 5/1 MONTREAL, PQ National MON 5/2 BOSTON, MA Paradise WED 5/4 NEW YORK, NY Webster THU 5/5 PHILADELPHIA, PA TLA FRI 5/6 WASHINGTON, DC 930 Club SAT 5/7 BALTIMORE, MD Ottobar SUN 5/8 PROVIDENCE, RI The Met THE NAKED AND FAMOUS is: thom powers - vocals, guitar alisa xayalith - vocals, keys aaron short - synth/electronics jesse wood - drums david beadle - bass www.thenakedandfamous.com www.facebook.com/tnafofficial www.twitter.com/tnafofficial

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