Governors Ball 2014: The Naked and Famous Reminisce on Leaving Native New Zealand (Video)

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The Naked and Famous perform on stage during day 2 of the Governors Ball 2014 at Randall's Island on June 7, 2014 in New York City

Despite the “sunlight beating directly down on us” and “being in the heat playing for an hour,” the Naked and Famous’ Governors Ball performance on Saturday  went off without a hitch, the group’s Alisa Xayalith tells Billboard with a smile. “We had a blast.”


During the fest, Xayalith and fellow Naked and Famous co-founder Thom Powers discussed moving from their native New Zealand to Los Angeles in mid-2012 to record the band’s second album, “In Rolling Waves,” which was released last year.

“Moving anywhere is difficult for the first time,” Powers tells Billboard. “At the point where we actually decided to land in a place, we had been to Los Angeles so much that it felt very natural and we were used to it. It was kind of an arbitrary decision. We were sitting around having lunch one day and said, ‘Where have we been the most?’”

The Naked and Famous have a handful of solo concert bookings before heading to perform at the Bonnaroo Music & Arts Festival on June 13.

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