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Make It To The Show: Naked GiantsAeroplane Icon
Adam McKinney
February 03, 2023
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Naked Giants | Saturday, February 18


It’s awfully hard to give a much better first impression than Naked Giants did with “Dead/Alien,” the opening track on their 2018 debut LP SLUFF. A flurry of dissonance eases you into what turns out to be a brashly infectious blend of surfy punk, strangely melodic noise, and the kind of unbridled enthusiasm that can’t be manufactured. When they burst on the scene, Naked Giants’ triumvirate of merrymakers – Grant Mullen, Gianni Aiello, Henry LaVallee – were yet another group of fresh-faced, high school grads, bringing their energy and ambition with them, in all its’ bottled-up glory. In 2023, Naked Giants have established themselves as one of the more surprising entrants in the Pacific Northwest’s crowded field of melodic indie punk. 

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2020’s The Shadow finds them flexing more of what they can do, like on the slinky, New Wave bounce of “Take A Chance”; the utterly unexpected, swooningly U2-esque “Turn Blue”; and the further exploration of psych-rock on the title track. Rock critics tend to use the word “mature” to describe a band’s growth and development, and unfortunately, it’s hard not to associate that word with a band becoming boring, staid, and safe. In the case of Naked Giants, their maturation has only made them more thrilling to hear – now that we know what they were able to toss off as teenagers, and we’ve heard what they can deliver as a diverse and anticipated follow-up, the sky’s the limit for just what Naked Giants are capable of.

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Naked Giants, w/ Lemon Boy

All Ages, Doors at 8pm, Show at 9pm,

ADV $15, DOS $20

ALMA Venue

1322 Fawcett Ave


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