Passive Me, Aggressive You
Label: Polydor Records
They have a name that'll turn up some questionable web search results, but that's not what this New Zealand bunch is positioned to capitalize on. It's the fat beats, electro flashes, abrasive guitar static and catchy, shout-along choruses that are as in-your-face as a rave doused in glow-stick goo. The Naked and Famous have the youthful giddiness of Passion Pit and just a bit of MGMT's sarcasm, but they also channel NIN's The Fragile on tracks like "The Source" and "The Sun." And it works, because anything lit with so much neon shines brightest in the dark.