The Naked and Famous announce new album, Simple Forms, premiere “Higher” — listen

Plus, the Los Angeles outfit maps out US fall tour


    Photo by Samantha West

    After releasing and touring in support of 2013’s In Rolling Waves, synthpop outfit The Naked and Famous returned to their normal everyday lives and took a much needed breather from the music world. What transpired during that time off — loss, heartache, the dissolution of relationships — has now manifested itself in the form of the LA-based band’s upcoming third album.

    Entitled Simple Forms, it’s due out on October 14th via their label Somewhat Damaged in conjunction with Kobalt Label Services. It came together in the Echo Park home studio of guitarist/vocalist/producer Thom Powers amidst his breakup with fellow band member Alisa Xayalith. Having been together eight years — nearly the entirety of the band’s career — the split-up threatened to destroy the Naked and the Famous altogether.

    “There’s pain and passion behind this art,” Xayalith said of the album in a press release. “Pop techniques are all about maximum impact. And it’s not like this is an album of bangers but it’s the most immediate thing we’ve ever done.”


    “Higher”, the lead single off Simple Forms, deals with both pain and passion, and in great quantities. Razor synths buzzsaw and grind before being uplifted by Xayalith’s skyscraper vocals. “Tonight we raise the dead, tonight we bury this in fire/ Under the shape of years and the weight that brought here,” she rallies during the incendiary chorus. The Naked and Famous might’ve been down, but in a way they’ve been born again in the flames and stand stronger than before.

    In a statement to Consequence of Sound, Xayalith spoke about the track:

    “It’s been two years since we came off the road and a lot of life has happened in and all around us. We’ve been broken here and picked ourselves up again — so maybe this chorus talk a little to that experience…love, grief, time passing and returning to a place where we are lucky to have each other.”

    Check out “Higher” below via its colorful lyric video.


    In support of Simple Forms, the band will tour the US this fall.

    The Naked and Famous 2016 Tour Dates:
    09/21 – Tucson, AZ @ Rialto
    09/22 – San Diego, CA @ The Observatory Northpark
    09/24 – Las Vegas, NV @ Life is Beautiful Festival
    09/30-10/02 – Austin, TX @ Austin City Limits Festival
    10/07-09 – Austin, TX @ Austin City Limits Festival
    10/26 – Portland, OR @ Roseland Theater
    10/27 – Seattle, WA @ Neptune Theatre
    10/28 – Vancouver, BC @ The Vogue Theatre
    10/30 – Salt Lake City, UT @ The Depot
    10/31 – Denver, CO @ The Ogden
    11/02 – Minneapolis, MN @ First Ave
    11/04 – Kansas City, MO @ Midland Theatre
    11/05 – Milwaukee, WI @ The Rave
    11/06 – Chicago, IL @ The Riviera
    11/07 – Columbus, OH @ Newport Music Hall
    11/08 – Toronto, ON @ Danforth Music Hall
    11/10 – Boston, MA @ Royale
    11/12 – New York, NY @ Hammerstein Ballroom
    11/14 – Philadelphia, PA @ Union Transfer
    11/15 – Washington, DC @ Lincoln Theater
    11/17 – Baltimore, MD @ Rams Head Live
    11/18 – Richmond, VA @ The National
    11/19 – Norfolk, VA @ The Norva
    11/20 – Raleigh, NC @ The Ritz
    11/22 – Atlanta, GA @ Buckhead Theatre
    11/23 – Nashville, TN @ Cannery Ballroom
    11/25 – Dallas, TX @ House of Blues
    11/26 – Houston, TX @ White Oak Music Hall
    11/28 – Phoenix, AZ @ The Marquee
    11/30 – Oakland, CA @ The Fox Theater