The Naked And Famous Live

At the intimate and elegant Buckhead Theatre, The Naked and Famous were joined by XYLO and The Chain Gang of 1974, the latter kicking off the show. Led by singer Kamtin Mohager the gang produces feel good indie-tronic music reminiscent of an 80’s era montage where boy gets girl. Accordingly, Mohager wears his heart on his sleeve. On several occasions he's brought to his knees when performing. His persona on stage is replete with smoky glances and hip swinging while he croons, similar to that of a modern-day Elvis. Mohager's touring musicians play their part in the ambience as well. From a guitarist hidden behind a mop of hair, adding backup vocals and having his own private dance party to a drummer that plays without a care in the world. When the band is having this much fun the audience can't help but to be sucked in.

Up next was XYLO. Under this chill-wave electronic duo made up of siblings Paige and Chase Duddy, the audience is transported audibly to a different era entirely. Donned in a shiny pink crop top, Paige's first impression is made with her soulful yet whispery voice and fluid dance movements that are reminiscent of an underground speakeasy, with perhaps more profanity than your typical flapper girl. Chase by contrast is decked in all black, though it doesn't mean his talents don't shine. XYLO are the definition of pop rock with the perfect concoction of sing along lyrics and heavy riffs. The duo produces its biggest highlight during the performance of "Dead End Love" when Paige disappears backstage while still crooning to the audience, adding an ethereal ghostly vibe to an already synth heavy song. The crowd had to cheer her back onstage, like a fairy-tale Tinker Bell, willing her back through sheer belief.

The clock strikes 10:00PM when main attraction The Naked And Famous grace the stage. T/N/A/F enters against a supernatural foggy back-lit backdrop and immediately begin their set and the crowd is overtaken with the urge to dance. What lead singer Alisa Xayalith lacks in flashy dance moves she makes up with a voice that just won't quit. Track "Higher" witnesses the crowd join in the chorus and raise their voices higher against a red monochrome backdrop. Xayalith's reaction is met with a thunderous applause and cheers as she thanks the crowd for their participation. Performing "All of This", the band from New Zealand somehow manages different ways to enliven the crowd further. The lighting perfectly coinciding with the rise and fall of the music and correlated with every drumbeat and keyboard stroke meshed with flashing during the breakdown towards the end of the track.

The hits keep pouring in with "Punching in a Dream", followed by synth heavy track "Rolling Waves". This chill vibe is carried on for several tracks that have a much more relaxed flow with acoustic guitars along with Xayalith adding skills on the bass and keyboard to better highlight her strong vocals, which is her crown jewel. Particularly during track "No Way" in which her soothing voice sends emotion reeling through the crowd, swaying to the sound of the music, building in intensity as the song crescendos to its finale. This is hardly the end of the show however, as the lights dim and come back up, we see her illuminated against a blue backdrop standing in front of the drum-set, as she begins track "Laid Low". On song "Girls Like You", the band speaks to all those in the crowd who've had their heart broken by "that girl", the one who is effortlessly beautiful and who knows it, but would be lost without her admirers. Overall T/N/A/F took the crowd down dance lane, aided by a spectacular light show and excellent musicianship that could be enjoyed by any audiophile.