The Naked And Famous Keep The Pressure on Themselves

Courtesy of Republic Records
Jet-black clothing, high-fashion good looks and a hell of a light show seem to be the staples of a build-an-indie-pop-band kit in 2014. While eyes may roll at that short list, The Naked And Famous, the buzzing electro-rock band from New Zealand that now calls L.A. home, were doing it long before it was a musical requisite. After two critically acclaimed records and countless tour dates, the songwriting core of vocalist Alisa Xayalith, guitarist Thom Powers and keyboardist Aaron Short, supplemented by drummer David Beadle and drummer Jesse Wood, has sharpened both their writing and their live act to a razor's edge, all while adhering to their motif.

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YACHT - The Echoplex - December 8, 2012

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Katrina Nattress

The Echoplex

When YACHT embarked on its Shangri-La Tour this past winter/spring, it was odd and borderline insulting that the synth-pop duo did not pass through Southern California (especially since the band calls Los Angeles home) but turns out Jona Bechtolt and Claire L. Evans had something special planned for the City of Angels.

Saturday night marked the band's tenth birthday, and they decided to hold the celebratory show at The Echoplex. Though any YACHT performance is extravagant, Bechtolt and Evans promised this would be even more special, and they were right. The set began with Bechtolt creeping onto the stage by himself. His coy act quickly faded as computer beats led him through selections off older records from back when YACHT was a one-man-band. He slid across the stage and flamboyantly gyrated as he sang. After the first song, the singer jumped into the crowd and sprawled across his fans, who graciously made sure he did not fall. After a few solo songs, Evans appeared on stage, along with Rob "Bobby Birdman" Kieswetter on bass and Jeffrey "Jerusalem" Brodsky on drums.

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