Barstool Stories: The Nude Party Live at Luck Mansion
all photos by Brooke Hamilton
The Nude Party is no stranger to house shows. The gangly group has packed themselves onto the small makeshift stage at the Luck Mansion and motioned everyone closer and closer. The old window units of the historic house nestled into the Lockeland Springs neighborhood of East Nashville can’t compete with all the bodies crammed into each corner. It’s hot. Really, really hot. But somehow, the band is fed as the crowd grows larger and sweatier. They smoothly transition from one song to the next, continuously captivating and charging the audience with pure, relentless energy. No one is afraid to shout out as the intensity heightens; each song is peppered with primal whoops and smatterings of applause. If you close your eyes, it sounds like a bootleg record that you stole from your dad, the coolest one in his collection: effortless and raw.
Before the show, drummer and percussionist Connor Mikita and Austin Brose took a walk down to the corner store with us to grab a cold Lagunitas beer and discuss the inception of their first full length album and transformation from local college band to ones to watch.
“We started in basements,” Brose said as we crossed the street to the 4 Stop Market on the corner of Woodland and 14th, “primarily at house shows…that’s kind of how we cut our teeth.” The Nude Party was a favorite during their time at university in Boone, NC, becoming the soundtrack for many fellow students’ and friends’ college careers. Their self-titled debut record is “an amalgamation of all of [them] putting together the most creative things [they] possibly could for the past three or four years” according to Brose.
Once you know the Nude Party is from North Carolina, you can see the ways in which the mountain culture has crept into each of their beings; I wouldn’t be surprised if the band van was full of Nalgene water bottles with clipped on carabiners or if a few of the guys used to go exclusively barefoot. But somehow, in an area that often leans towards more folk and roots music, the Nude Party captured a modern take on the essence of 60’s underground rock. We could easily be in a basement in Liverpool surrounded by Scouse accents, but the Nude Party is all-American, smack dab in the middle of AmericanaFest.
Though both Brose and Mikita agree that Patton Magee (guitar/vocals) is usually the main lyricist of the group, their creation process as a band is described as nothing short of collaborative. This record is a direct product of their time cutting their teeth in college and now on the road and Brose agrees that “an overarching theme might just be the lifestyle of getting to do that”. Both also praise their “producer-landlord-best friend-spiritual guide-guru” Oakley Munson and engineer Matthew Cullen for their collaborative impact on the record, recorded outside of Woodstock, NY at Dreamland Studios.
There’s no doubt that the Nude Party is just getting started. Watch their full interview below and make it out to the Nude Party in person by visiting their site HERE.