Article By: Madi Heath
As New Zealand band The Naked and Famous reached the tail end of their stripped tour in Boulder, it was clear that fans all around were happy to see them in their rawest performance yet. The audience was full of college students and middle-aged couples, traveling from all surrounding areas. When releasing their newest album, A Still Heart, the band stepped away from their standard synth-pop electronica and into a bare-bones acoustic sound. While they will be making music as they have before, they used this as an outlet to make something new and intimate. The album consists of fan favorites from new and old releases, all stripped down to vocals, guitar, and keys.
After releasing this new stripped album, the band decided to hit the road for a quick one-month North American tour, landing them in Boulder for the start of St. Patrick’s Day weekend. Although the songs they performed were relaxed and calming, the audience still had an exciting energy as they heard their favorite songs in such a fresh way. People were swaying, singing along, and smiling at the stage throughout the entire show. Although the band was dressed in black as if to amplify the importance of these stripped songs, the lighting and stage presence was bright and airy. It felt as though the crowd was with them in spirit, hanging out and singing songs rather than watching a popular band play at a theater.
The Naked and Famous was sure to tell their fans that they would “plug back in” soon enough, but for now, they were enjoying the tour. They have recently added additional tour dates for the summer, hitting some stops on the east coast before heading to Europe. If the opportunity arises, don’t miss out on the chance to hear them raw and unfiltered. It was a new and exciting experience for the entire audience, and definitely, one to remember.