Usually when someone says we should check out a psych band, we feel like, “been there, done that.” However, when we were told to check out The Nude Party, we were literally blown away by their sound and their performance in person. Coming from North Carolina, though now living in upstate New York, the young six piece reminds us of Rolling Stones and seventies era Bob Dylan all over their new release, The Nude Party.
From the opening notes of “Water On Mars,” it’s immediately evident that these guys are steeped in what came before them. With a throwback riff and an organ mixed in, there’s something that reminds you of the albums the Rolling Stones carved out after long acid trips in the Bay area. They keep the good times coming on “Feels Alright,” where they add some piano, and steer the ship to the waters of garage rock. It’s hard to place a finger on what they’ve tapped into, though it’s familiar and not stolen at the same time. The same could be said about the country twanged sounds of “Chevrolet Van.” These guys have no issue writing hooks, even if they’re adding a bit of pedal steel to the mix.
The past keeps coming on “Paper Trail (Money)” where these guys just keep the sounds inching between sixties era psych rock and seventies era rock n’ roll. The song is catchy as hell, and you should find yourself singing along as you feel like you’re steps from tripping. A couple of songs later, the band evokes a bit of New Morning era Bob Dylan, complete with another set of pipes on the mic. While “Wild Coyote” takes you a bit down the dusty trail into a space induced rabbit hole, the final track “Charlie’s Sheep” sums the release up well with a jam heavy opening and plenty of rock instrumentation to make any psych head happy.
You can stream The Nude Party on all streaming platforms, on Bandcamp, or purchase your own copy direct from New West Records. The Nude Party will be on tour throughout 2018 into early November. Tonight you can catch them in person at The Empty Bottle in Chicago and you can also see them at the Austin City Limits Festival in October. All tour dates available here.
Image Credits: Photo by Sacha Lecca.