Published Jul 04, 2018Have you ever met someone who says yes to every opportunity that comes their way? How about six somebodies? The Nude Party are a North Carolina six-piece band bound by shared history and a spirit of saying yes. This impassioned sextet learned how to play their instruments together, and named their project after a reputation for throwing parties in the buff. This level of co-comfort has led to a tightness in their sound, and their debut album is one crafted from extensive touring and years of living together.
The tone of The Nude Party sits where folk meets rock: think Dylan going electric after a night spent marathoning old westerns. Where "Water on Mars" could be a live sing-along hit, with vocals that waft over the melody, "Paper Trail (Money)" finds a harder edge in a piping synth line and distant vocals.
As the record progresses, the band stay sharp, but the unity of the album begins to bleed. "Wild Coyote" is a highlight, with rattlesnake shakers and a spaghetti-western riff, but its western counterpart in the instrumental closing track "Charlie's Sheep" feels removed from the energy that The Nude Party kicked off with. Despite this, there is a sprawling synthesis in the groove-tinted, riff-centric jams that will have you waiting to see these guys live. (New West)