Hello Doobie listeners, our very own Finance Director, Annie, has been abroad in Ireland this past semester and while we miss her and wish she was back here with her Doobie fam, we know she is having a blast across the pond as she sent us a review of The Naked And Famous concert she recently attended. So here is her review, enjoy:
Reporting from Abroad-
Last evening, I made the trip into Dublin last night to see The Naked and Famous perform at the Olympia Theatre. While in Ireland for the semester at the National University of Ireland in Maynooth, I have been tempted by many acts coming into Dublin this past fall and these New Zealand rockers were not to be missed. Though The Naked and Famous came to Columbus in the spring of my freshman year, this was my first time seeing them live. It was the perfect opportunity to relive my angsty high school days and throwback with my favorite songs from “Passive Me, Aggressive You” (2010) and hear new material from “In Rolling Waves” (2013), their new album released this September.
The Olympia Theatre provided a great old-school (a venue since 1878) atmosphere for the performance last night, centrally located in Dublin. There were three floors but each had ample view of the show. The Naked and Famous took the stage promptly after the supporting band Sons & Lovers warmed up the crowd. The Naked and Famous began their show with “A Stillness”, off of their new album, followed up by “Hearts Like Ours”(a personal favorite). Lead singers Thom Powers and Alisa Xayalith lived up to all studio expectation with powerful vocals, enhanced as Alisa interacted with the crowd by telling them how much she loved Dublin, calming any nationalist feelings from the crown considering a recent loss New Zealand handed Ireland in a big rugby match. Their performance was highlighted by “Punching in a Dream,” “The Sun,” “All of This,” “No Way,” “Rolling Waves,” and “Girls Like You”. A brief intermission occurred after the main set, but the band dutifully came out to their encore cheers, ending the night on a high note with their hit “Young Blood”.
Overall, The Naked and Famous delivered an outstanding show. Lead singer Alisa brought infectious energy to the show, maintaining a huge smile and keeping tabs on the crowd. Though the show went only just over an hour, this secured the audience’s positive energy and focus for the entirety of their performance. Their catchy tunes brought out the best in everyone, with an atmosphere that radiated Doobie Vibes.