Formed in a North Carolina dormitory in 2012, the Nude Party celebrates the clanging frat rock of the ’60s. The sextet makes simple songs heavily influenced by mid- to late ’60s classic rock, with nods to country and its oft-forgotten partner, western. Working with early mentor and producer Oakley Munson of Black Lips, they debuted with the Hot Tub EP in 2016. The band’s eponymous full-length debut arrived on New West Records in 2018.
The great first single, the twangy, honky-tonk piano-infused “Chevrolet Van”, is a good introduction to the band.
Originating as an extended group of childhood friends and step-siblings who decided to start a band and then began learning to play instruments, the Nude Party took root at Appalachian State University in Boone, North Carolina. Freshman lead vocalist and guitarist Patton Magee eventually gathered lead guitarist Shaun Couture, organist/pianist Don Merrill, bass player Alec Castillo, percussionist Austin Brose, and drummer Connor Mikita. Most members also sing backup. The sextet soon moved into a lake house and started a nightly ritual of jamming in the basement. It was at a regular gig as the house band at a certain Boone party locale that the group’s practice of performing in the buff earned them a local reputation as “the naked party band.” They adopted the moniker the Nude Party just in time to move onto bookings at local clubs and bars, where they had to performed clothed.
In 2014, the band met Black Lips’ drummer Oakley Munsonat a show in Charlotte. He took an interest in the group and recorded their first collection, Hot Tub EP, which they released in early 2016. As word of the EP’s rawness and good-times spirit spread, the band relocated to Munson’s base in the New York Catskills and began to perform regularly in Brooklyn and the surrounding region. New West signed the group for their Munson-produced full-length debut. Featuring the original six-piece lineup, The Nude Party saw release in July of 2018