It’s their party, and they’ll get naked if they want to.
More like brothers than bandmates, the six Nude dudes bring an energy to their live shows unlike any band I’ve seen as of late. And with such tight tunes reminiscent of The Animals and The Velvet Underground, you’d never know that most of the members have only been playing their instruments for about five years now.
With a recent move out of North Carolina and into the Catskill Mountains of New York, the Nudes are rolling up their sleeves to focus on writing and recording more under the guidance and mentorship of Black Lips’ drummer Oakley Munson. While the boys of The Nude Party are actually keeping their clothes on for the most part these days, the party aspect of their namesake is still fully operative. Their work-hard-play-hard mentality is clearly paying off too, with the group touring and supporting acts like The Growlers, King Gizzard and The Lizard Wizard, Black Lips, Ty Segall, Twin Peaks, Post Animal and Night Beats.
We recently caught up with lead singer, Patton Magee to talk more about the band’s move to New York, that one thing that sets The Nude Party apart from the rest, and what’s on the roadmap for 2018. Be sure to catch their show at the Bootleg Theater on April 21.
OTW: So the whole band [recently] moved from Boone, NC to Woodstock, NY. How has the change in scenery influenced your music so far?
Patton Magee: We actually moved to the town of Livingston Manor, NY, in the Catskill Mountains (~2 hours west of Woodstock). The Catskills of New York look pretty similar to the Blue Ridge mountains in Boone where we moved from. But it’s so much colder here in New York – and we live in a tiny town now with a population of about 1,000 people. Boone was a college town where we had lots of friends all around. The social isolation and freezing winters up here in New York have got us working harder than before, just to stay busy. We’re getting better at our instruments, we’re writing more interesting songs, and we’ve finally got the time to follow through on every idea we come up with. It’s also allowed us constant access to NYC, which has become like a second home for us. It’s been a really great move.
OTW: We often see The Nude Party categorized under this new wave of psychedelic rock. With the mass resurgence of psych rock in the past decade or so, how is The Nude Party differentiating itself from the rest?
Patton: There is a mass resurgence of music called “psych rock” but it’s pretty varied in how it actually sounds. Bands like Post Animal, Mystery Lights, Shannon and the Clams… there’s a big diversity in sound there even under the banner of “psych rock." The main thing that differentiates us from everyone else is that we have what no one else has. We have an unshakable brotherhood, all dedicated entirely to doing this thing. We’ve been living together, touring together, breathing the same shared pocket of air for 5 straight years now. People notice it when we play, and I’m convinced that that level of cohesion just can’t be faked. We keep each other company and look out for each other in this big lonesome world. And when we play, we form like Voltron.
OTW: How have you evolved as performers since you first started playing shows? Do you guys still play in the nude?
Patton: We used to require a lot of alcohol in order to reach a level of disinhibition that allowed us to put on a wild show. The nudity played a part in that. That stuff had its drawbacks, though, particularly in that we’d often f**k songs up monstrously. But it was fun. We’ve really begun to get good at disinhibiting ourselves and putting on a great show without needing to consume so much alcohol or get naked.
OTW: What can you tell us about your collaboration with Black Lips’ Oakley Munson?
Patton: Oakley Munson has been our mentor and great benefactor. Our whole band lives together with him at his house in the Catskill mountains of New York. He’s an idealist, and he believes in rock'n roll more deeply than anyone I know. His entire life is staked on that belief. Oak has done so much to show us the ropes as we’ve maneuvered out of basements and onto stages. He produced our upcoming debut record, and he puts us to work around the property to continuously build character and improve the property. Digging ditches, painting the deck, building chicken coops, tapping maple trees, etc. He believes in us and helps us navigate the waters.
OTW: What are some of the best fan interactions you’ve had so far?
Patton: It’s fun to meet and hang out with people that are stoked, and meeting really excited people every night is a great blessing of tour. We played a show at St Lawrence University in NY where a bunch of people came up on the stage during our last song to wild out and dance. Then our song ended and we kind of left the stage… but they just stayed there, picked up some of our instruments and started playing and singing some Dave Matthews song. It was like they’d rehearsed it before. So, we ended up outside watching them play this song repetitively for like 25 minutes. That was a really funny thing to experience.
OTW: What can we expect from The Nude Party in 2018?
Patton: 2018 is big for us. Our first full record is coming out in summer and we’re touring it all over the USA.
OTW: Who are some Ones To Watch artists on your list?
Patton: Caroline Rose, Post Animal, Mystery Lights, Ron Gallo, Tall Juan, Combo Chimbita, La Luz, Glove.
4/2 Durham, NC - Motorco Music Hall $
4/3 Richmond, VA - Capital Ale House $
4/4 Morgantown, WV - 123 Pleasant $
4/6 NYC, NY - Elsewhere
4/10 St. Louis, MO - The Ready Room +
4/11 Kansas City, MO - Riot Room +
4/12 Denver, CO - Lost Lake Lounge +
4/13 Salt Lake City, UT - Kilby Court
4/15 San Francisco, CA - Independent +
4/17 Santa Cruz, CA - Catalyst Atrium +
4/18 Visalia, CA - Cellar Door +
4/19 Santa Ana, CA - Constellation Room +
4/21 Los Angeles, CA - Bootleg Theater
4/22 San Diego, CA - The Casbah +
4/23 Phoenix, AZ - Valley Bar +
4/24 El Paso, TX - Lowbrow Palace +
4/27 Austin, TX - LEVITATION ^
4/28 Dallas, TX - Club Dada +
4/29 Houston, TX - Satellite +
5/4 Knoxville, TN - Pilot Light
5/5 Charlottesville, VA - The Southern
6/1 Baltimore, MD - Metro Gallery #
6/2 Washington, DC - Rock & Roll Hotel #
6/3 Carrboro, NC - Cat’s Cradle #
6/5 Charlotte, NC - Snug Harbor #
6/6 Atlanta, GA - Aisle 5 #
$ w/ Twin Peaks + The Districts
^ w/ Ty Segall + Ron Gallo
+ w/ Ron Gallo + Twen
# w/ Sunflower Bean