Record of the Day – The Nude Party – The Nude Party (2018)

Photo credit: Sacha Lecca (c/o Bandcamp)

A couple of weeks ago I finally got the chance to see The Nude Party at the Legendary Horseshoe Tavern as they passed through Toronto. Touring in support of their debut LP on New West Records, simply titled The Nude Party, the 6-piece from Boone, North Carolina, were in full effect, swaying, dancing, twitching and fully embodying the party-band moniker that got them their start. Needless to say, they did not disappoint!

For The Nude Party, the band doubled down on the southern rock that they hinted at on the trashier, more rock n roll party sound of 2016’s Hot Tub EP. While the songs on the EP were pretty raw – and arguably more reflective of the band’s live show – their full-length is slick and the song writing is tight. Channelling Sticky Fingers-era Stones via Black Lips (no surprise, given that the album was produced by BL drummer, Oakley Munson), the album will delight those listeners with a predilection for a 60s sound with a bit of country and western twang.

Besides the instantly sing-along-able first single, Chevrolet Van, other highlights of the album include the organ-driven opening track, Water on Mars, the unforgettable party banger – about nuclear winter, of all things – Feels Alright, and the very Rolling Stones-esque lament of lost love, Records.

For me, the band shines brightest when they stay loose and more in the spirit of their live shows; my favourites include the surprisingly upbeat Vietnam War-inspired warning, War is Coming, the jangle, organ, and bah-bah-infused Paper Trail (Money), and two (of several) great spaghetti western-tinged tracks, Gringo Che and Wild Coyote.

There’s something for everyone on The Nude Party – check it out below via Bandcamp and, for the love of all things 60s and jangly, see them live when they come through your town!

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