On a dreary rainy Monday, most people would just want to curl up in bed with Netflix. But a little rain wasn't going to stop hundreds of people from seeing The Naked and Famous at their second sold out night at the 9:30 Club.
Perhaps luckily for the opening act The Colourist, the rain stopped well before they were to go on. The downfall to being an opening act is usually having to play to significantly less people then will eventually fill the hall. For many concertgoers the opening act isn't worth getting there early for. With the show being sold out, there was a decent size crowd for them to play to. To some of the audience's surprise, the up and coming band proved they deserved to be on the stage.
In a set up that had all four members in a line, including the drummer, you felt a sense of togetherness. That no one was more important than anyone else. The California band played like seasoned vets, like they were the headliners themselves. By the time they got to their most recognized song, "Little Games," it was clear that they could easily be headliners in a couple of months.
With a stage set up that looked like pieces from a U2 tour, there was even more mounting excitement for The Naked and Famous. The moment they stepped out you could feel an energy shift; the audience was more than ready. Even people who went to the sold out show the night before were still just as enthused. Especially the four or five guys in the front row who kept making both bands laugh with their dance moves.
The New Zealand band breezed through fan favorites and new material, including "Rolling Waves," from their new album In Rolling Waves. Lead singer Alisa Xayalith lead the crowd into a sing along of the chorus, and a hand roll reminiscent of the "Rolling With The Homies" hand roll from Clueless. She seemed genuinely pleased with the result. And of course they played their hits that have been featured on television and movies for the past few years. Including "Punching in a Dream," "No Way," "The Sun," and for their encore "Young Blood."
Following in the foot steps of bands like Vampire Weekend, The Naked and Famous have real potential to break past the indie pigeon hold and become something bigger.