Wednesday, August 1, 2018


10 Questions with The Nude Party

The Nude Party celebrates classic rock and the clanging frat rock of the '60s. Formed in a North Carolina dormitory in 2012, “The Nude Party” developed a group obsession with performing in the nude, known around campus as “the naked party band“. Soon they began playing fully-clothed to enable them to perform live at venues but they kept the name.

The band are comprised of lead vocalist and guitarist Patton Magee, lead guitarist Shaun Couture, organist/pianist Don Merrill, bass player Alec Castillo, percussionist Austin Brose, and drummer Connor Mikita. Signed with New West Records the band released their self-titled debut album last month. The 11-track set was produced by the band's mentor and friend, Oakley Munson of Black Lips. The album demonstrates their raw and effortless synchronicity that developed from learning how to play their instruments together since their teens.

This debut album is on repeat at Vinyl Tapestry we are looking forward to seeing them live. Ahead of their UK dates this month, we caught up with Patton Magee with our 10 Questions.

Where do you go to discover new music? 
I get almost all of my new music from friends. Sometimes it’ll be one of the other boys playing new music through the van speakers—sometimes you’ll crash at a friend’s house and someone will show you a record you’d never heard before. If friends are excited about a new album or band, it’s usually worth giving a good listen to.

What have we got to look forward to with you this year?

This will be our first time in Europe, which we are so hyped about. We’ve been pushing to make the voyage for years and it’s finally happening. That’s awesome. We’ll be touring a lot through summer and fall, doing a bunch of UK shows in August. We’ve been writing tons of new songs, compiling demos in our basement studio. The gears are spinning at full speed right now.

First song you fell in love with? 

Complicated by Avril Lavigne. Not necessarily proud of that but it’s true.

Who would you most like to collaborate with? 
It’d be fun to get together and record something with The Babe Rainbow (AUS). I think we’ve got a similar groove going on and we’d get along real well. And we both live on rural-ish farmland (I think). So we could talk at length with them about chickens and vegetables.

What would you most like to own on vinyl? 
That golden compilation record that was shot into space on the Voyager in the 70’s. The one they hoped the aliens would listen to.

Who are you listening to at the moment? 

Kickin’ Child: The Lost Album 1965 by Dion. There’s also been a whole lot of Cut Worms’ new album, Hollow Ground, playing in the van. Cut Worms is just so damn good.

What's your guilty pleasure song? 
Buy Me a Boat by Chris Jansen

What inspires you to write music? 
Sometimes it’s feeling sick to the gut and needing to externalize it in some way so you can remove it see it clearly for yourself. Like removing and dissecting a tumor. Then sometimes it’s just finding a groove and really getting into it and layering parts on it that feel good. It happens all kinds of ways.

What's your favourite song to play live? 
I like to play Astral Man a lot. It’s the most dynamic song of the set and requires the most group focus—it has room for live experimentation too, which I like.

Where would you most like to play? 
I’d like to play in an underwater city. Some kind of oxygenated aqua dome. With sharks and fish and whales swimming behind transparent city walls.

UK Tour Dates
18 Aug – Oxford Academy2 – Oxford, UK
19 Aug – Castle Hotel – Manchester, UK
20 Aug – Sunflower Lounge – Birmingham, UK
21 Aug – The Hope & Ruin – Brighton, UK
22 Aug – Old Blue Last – London, UK
23 Aug – Nice n Sleazy – Glasgow, UK

The Nude Party