The Naked and Famous are an indie electronic band from Auckland, New Zealand, formed in 2007. The band consists of Alisa Xayalith (vocals, keyboards), Thom Powers (vocals, guitars), Aaron Short (keyboards), David Beadle (bass) and Jesse Wood (drums).
The band has released four studio albums: Passive Me, Aggressive You (2010), In Rolling Waves (2013), Simple Forms (2016), and A Still Heart (2018). Since 2012, the band has been based in Los Angeles.
Xayalith (b. 1986) is the daughter of Laotian refugees, and was born in Auckland, and raised together with a younger brother.Her father introduced her to his native folk music and at the age of 13, she taught herself guitar.Powers had been playing in local bands since an early age after he had been taught to play guitar by his father.
The band formed in 2008 when Thom Powers and Alisa Xayalith were working on what formed two extended plays—This Machine and No Light—that they recorded with engineer Aaron Short, a fellow student at Auckland’s MAINZ music college.The EPs were subsequently released on local independent label Round Trip Mars. Powers and Xayalith began performing live with Ben Knapp and Jordan Clark on bass and drums respectively, while Aaron Short became a performing member of the group. Knapp and Clark left the group in 2009 and were subsequently replaced with Jesse Wood and David Beadle.