The band was formed by Luke Smith and Shaun Libman, who met while attending The Center School, an arts-based college prepatory school in Seattle. Their early work was centered around keyboards and drum machines, the only instruments that the pair knew how to play at the time.
Their decision to start Natalie Portman’s Shaved Head was made in the food court of the Space Needle, in 2005. The name of the band is a reference to Natalie Portman’s physical appearance in the film V for Vendetta. Smith and Libman’s first written songs for Natalie Portman’s Shaved Head were about “fruit snacks and partying”. The band claimed one of the reasons they formed the band was to get girlfriends.
The group expanded to a four piece before playing their first major gig, at the grand opening of Seattle’s Club 826. They invited their friends David Price and Claire England to the band, and later recruited Liam Downey, Jr. from another band that they found on MySpace. Smith typically writes the band’s music, and then writes lyrics with Libman afterwards. The band places Natalie Portman on the guest list of all of their shows, but the actress has not yet attended any performances. Portman is, however, aware of the band’s name and existence. England’s sister, a New York City resident, met the actress once, and relayed to her the history and story of the band, signing an autograph for them, saying in response to the story, “Oh that’s cool”. According to Smith, the band regularly has contact with people on MySpace that that suspect Natalie Portman is actually in the band, but she is not.
Natalie Portman’s Shaved Head’s debut album, Glistening Pleasure, was released on Team Swan Records on July 15, 2008. The release party for the album was held at Easy Street Records in the Queen Anne neighborhood of Seattle. The group then toured internationally with CSS, Matt & Kim, and The Go! Team. Natalie Portman’s Shaved Head has begun work on their next album.
In 2009, Natalie Portman’s Shaved Head will tour in support of Lily Allen’s North American tour.
Keely Weiss of Aced magazine described their music on Glistening Pleasure as reminiscent of Devo and an “unstoppable electronica/techno/funk/punk fusion”.
Their music has been described by Amy Atkins as evoking the sounds of 1980s music, and as “addictive dancey electro-pop”.
Michael Roberts of Westword called their sound “knowingly dorky party music” with “so many winks the average optometrist may suspect a serious vision issue.”
According to Smith, “We try to pack in as many melodies as possible and change it up a lot, as opposed to a straight repetitive style.”
Editado por Sether em Mar 23 2009, 16h33
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