The Nude Party

Photo By Bryan Derballa

North Carolina’s The Nude Party is back with a follow up to their excellent 2018 debut. These fellas have put on a couple of quality quarantine sets as they readied their second release on New West. Here’s some more info from the PR team.

Like most young bands suddenly thrust into a relentless touring schedule, in the two years since the release of their debut, the Nude Party experienced their fair share of stress, pressure, internal dynamics and personal turmoil. They had no creative outlet for all of it until they finally got down to writing again, which was a release of that built-up tension. Several members went through serious breakups during the album’s creation as well. The experience eventually brought the band closer together and the songs reflect that process. Frontman Patton Magee says, “If I had to think about a long-term goal for this band, it would be to just exist, and exist in a purposeful way.” He continues, “And in 10, 20 years? I want to be onstage and still be surrounded by my friends. So we’ll just continue to do what we know how to do, and what we love to do. I know that’s easier said than done”—to quote the title of a rollicking, raucous Midnight Manor track— “but that’s what’s important to us.”

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The Nude Party – s/t (album review)

by Woody on July 6, 2018

Photo credit: Sacha Lecca

The North Carolina six-piece are aiming to give Diarrhea Planet a run for their money for most ridiculous t-shirt in my closet. In addition to the, let’s say, unique and colorful name; they have delivered a helluva a debut LP. The band wears their affinity for 60s classic rock but they gently mix in some twangy influence to spice things up.

The essence of the band is a boss engine room that drives the music forward while ripping good riffs and tasty keys (lots of boogie-woogie piano in the spirit of Ian Stewart) kick the tunes into high gear. The second track, Feels Alright, is the most rocking tune you’ll find about the remnants of nuclear war. War Is Coming has a real British Invasion feel to it, as does Gringo Che (albeit after the aforementioned British band spent a week wandering the desert eating Peyote). And Records shows where any true music lover’s loyalty should lie.

In a nutshell, these guys boogie. You can see why their live shows became a must-see event and their debut more than justifies New West’s decision to sign then.

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photo by Sacha Lecca

The Nude Party are a six-piece from North Carolina that I described as a twangy version of The Allah-Las leading up to SXSW. Don’t know how accurate that is but the tune below boogies. The fine folks at New West Records will be releasing their debut LP on July 6th. While you wait, check out how they came up with such a unique moniker.

The members of The Nude Party first came together in the freshman dormitories of Boone, North Carolina’s Appalachian State University in 2012. Patton Magee, and later Austin Brose, linked up with childhood friends Connor Mikita & Alec Castillo and stepbrothers Shaun Couture & Don Merrill. The following summer, the young men moved into a lake house outside of town to begin learning their respective instruments and jamming on rudimentary riffs. Friends came by the lake house to swim and party and soon there developed a group obsession with performing in the nude. They quickly gained a following as the house band at a notorious Boone party palace referred to as the 505 House, and the bare honesty of their performances was so contagious that their audience also started partying au naturel. While these traditions may appear risqué to the casual observer, the band explains, “These weren’t orgies, they weren’t sexual even. It was just kind of a wild exhibitionism that we felt gave us freedom.” Best known around campus as “the naked party band,” this informal aggregation of musicians became a defined unit and chose to call their group simply “The Nude Party.”

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