On their new album Midnight Manor The Nude Party go the full monty in revealing their influences: the record has streaks of the Kinks, Creedence Clearwater Revival, and early Rolling Stones, along with the garage-rock vibes of the Nuggets 1965-68 compilation. The group pays tribute to another influence in a new Amazon Original performance released Friday, covering Neil Young’s “Out on the Weekend.”
The Nude Party started as a band playing house parties at North Carolina’s Appalachian State University. The band would jam and hang out with friends at their lake house, and frequently nudity was involved. When they got good enough to start playing actual bars and clubs, they officially named themselves The Nude Party.
The sextet makes simple songs heavily influenced by mid- to late ’60s classic rock, with nods to country and its oft-forgotten partner, western. The great first single, the twangy, honky-tonk piano-infused “Chevrolet Van”, is a good introduction to the band.