The Nude Party are set to return with their second album Midnight Manor on 2 October via New West Records and have just unveiled lead single ‘Cure Is You’.
The Nude Party formed while the members were students at North Carolina’s Appalachian State University. After honing their chops through incessant practice at their communal band house, they relocated to a property tucked away deep in the Catskills where they have lived and labored (literally—they earn their keep gardening, tending to animals and doing all manner of general groundskeeping) for the past several years. And it’s where they worked up the songs that populate and inspire the title of the new Midnight Manor and where the ‘Shine Your Light’ video was shot.
Like most young bands suddenly thrust into a relentless touring schedule, in the two years since the release of their debut, the Nude Party experienced their fair share of stress, pressure, internal dynamics and personal turmoil. They had no creative outlet for all of it until they finally got down to writing again, which was a release of that built-up tension. Several members went through serious breakups during the album’s creation as well. The experience eventually brought the band closer together and the songs reflect that process. Frontman Patton Magee says, “If I had to think about a long-term goal for this band, it would be to just exist, and exist in a purposeful way.” He continues, “And in 10, 20 years? I want to be onstage and still be surrounded by my friends. So we’ll just continue to do what we know how to do, and what we love to do. I know that’s easier said than done”—to quote the title of a rollicking, raucous Midnight Manor track— “but that’s what’s important to us.”
The track contains all the elements of The Nude Party that we have come to know and love, country-esq guitar riffs, drawled vocals and a tempo so catchy your foot is instantly tapping. It’s the perfect teaser for the upcomign album.
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