The Naked and Famous are a New Zealand post-punk revival band from Auckland. They formed in 2008 when Thom Powers and Alisa Xayalith recorded EPs This Machine and No Light 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 and Powers and Xayalith began performing live with Ben Knapp and Jordan Clark on bass and drums respectively.
In 2009, the group recorded the single "All of This". Aaron Short became a performing member of the group and Jesse Wood and David Beadle joined the band as full-time members on drums and bass respectively.
The group then set about recording the single "Young Blood" and their debut album, recording mostly at home and at Auckland studio, The Lab.