Interview with The Naked And Famous: All I want for Christmas is...

Interview with The Naked And Famous: All I want for Christmas is...


Text: Adibah Isa

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Before their set at yoga and music festival Bliss Out 2015, we suss out what's on the wish lists of frontman and woman Thom Powers and Alisa Xayalith of Kiwi indie-electronic outfit The Naked And Famous

On who's passive, and who's aggressive:

Alisa Xayalith (AX): We're a bit of both, individually — in the best way.

On their upcoming LP:

Thom Powers (TP): I don't think there's a conceptual theme behind our music. It's just a personal expression. It's more about an aesthetic theme. I think this will be more modern, a little bit more pop and more electronic whereas the last record was more rock. We don't know when it'll be out yet — I think we might be done with the writing, but we're still in the middle of recording. 

On what they'll change about their early career:

AX: I wouldn't change a single thing. I like looking back at how young and inexperienced we were at the beginning. It's reassuring for me to see how I've changed and advanced.

TP: My haircuts.

Alisa Xayalith performing in 2014

On experimental hair colours:

AX: You know what, I think I really threw myself into dyeing my hair so much to the point where I never want to do it again. I went through a phase where I wanted to experiment with my look. And now that I've done that, I can say I'm done dyeing my hair.

TP: It was very stressful. She dyed it too much and it broke off at the back.

AX: My hair worries became the band's hair worries.

On what they want for Christmas:

TP: I actually like homeware stuff. I want new curtains. I'm very domestic at the moment. Real partiers... we're totally rock and roll.

AX: I want one of those KitchenAid machines where you can make everything: Breads, cakes, cookies. We've spent a year and a half not touring so I got into being at home, cooking and nesting.

On New Year resolutions:

AX: Oh my god. I don't know. I haven't thought that far. Well, trying to finish this album by a certain time. It's the only looming thing in my life right now.

TP: Mine's to cut down on drinking. I quit smoking last year. Just by cold turkey. I said, "this is stupid", and stopped. 

The Naked and Famous performed at Bliss Out 2015 on 12 December. For more information on the band, click here.