My new favourite band … until the next one: THE NUDE PARTY


I’m writing this as a part of the healing process. It’s kind of cathartic, you know?
See, I ‘discovered’ The Nude Party when reading the bill for a Freakender event here in Glasgow.The gig was scheduled to be held at my favourite record store & cafe / bar, Monorail / Mono so all the stars were aligned for an amazing night.

Except … Chief stargazer and brainiest bloke in the universe is quoted as saying: ” We’re both clever and stupid in equal measure.” In this respect, his research s flawed, because he obviously didn’t include little ol’ me in the equation. I’m evidently more tilted towards the ‘stupid’ side. You see, I forgot to write down the date of The Nude Party gig in Glasgow.

The show was two weeks ago.

Old age doesn’t come alone, as the saying goes.

Oh well, since I didn’t get to chat with the band, I’m just going to have to take the ‘lazy’ option here which I hate doing, and reproduce their band info from their Facebook page.

(Next time guys. Look out for the wee dumb looking short-ass with the daft haircut. Come say hello. You may have to shout.)

(Copied from Facebook – 6th June 2019):

Despite rock’n’roll’s rapidly waning role in mainstream culture, thousands upon thousands of rock groups currently occupy our nightclubs, bandwidth, and brainspace with their performance, recording, and Bandcamping. And while the ubiquity of these projects crowd 2018’s musical landscape, from Highland Park to Bushwick and all points in between, the authentic rock’n’roll band is an endangered species. While any musician with wifi can actualize a rock group in a matter of minutes, a band, in the words of one of our great contemporary philosophers Ian Svenonius, is “about an ideology, a way of life, an aesthetic.”

The Nude Party is one of the last of these aggregations – an inseparable gang of blood brothers bonded by a musical mission indistinguishable from their friendship. The band’s psychic and effortless musical communication comes from learning how to play their instruments together since their teens, rooming together in house after house for six years, and developing their sound and aesthetic through literal nude partying together. 

The members came together in the freshman dormitories of Appalachian State University in Boone, North Carolina in 2012. Patton Magee (lead vocals, guitar), and later Austin Brose (percussion, vocals), linked up with childhood friends Connor Mikita (drums) and Alec Castillo (bass guitar, vocals), and stepbrothers Shaun Couture (lead guitar, vocals) and Don Merrill (organ/piano, vocals). The following summer, with the shimmer of The Kinks, Velvet Underground, and other still-unsurpassed classic rock masterpieces as their soundtrack, the young men moved into a lake house outside of town, began acquiring and learning to play instruments, and jamming on rudimentary riffs. Friends came by the lake house to swim and canoe and party and soon ritual nudity was a part of the festivities.

When the fall semester came around the friends moved into a house in Boone and the jamming continued in the basement on a nightly basis. During this time the Dionysian Adamite sextet began developing a following as the house band at a notorious Boone party palace referred to as the 505 House. The bare honesty of their performances was contagious and 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.” 

As the informal aggregation of musicians became a defined unit, and were offered gigs outside of the 505 House, they had now become a proper band and thus needed a name. Best known around the campus as “the naked party band,” they chose to call their group simply “The Nude Party.” Ironically, since playing in their birthday suits was illegal in the bars and clubs of this next step of their career, The Nude Party began playing clothed as soon as they were christened.

By 2014, living in a bigger more isolated house, known as “The Nude Ranch” by townies, the band met Black Lips’ Oakley Munson at a Night Beats show in Charlotte and before long the drummer became their mentor. He recorded the band’s “Hot Tub” EP and the band began
honing their craft as incessant road warriors in the national market.

2018 and the band were living with Munson in the Catskills. Their prolific performance schedule has built a substantial following in Brooklyn and beyond and they’ve just completed their first proper LP – the culmination of six years of experimentation and refinement of material.

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