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Watch The Nude Party perform at The Current Day Party (clothed) in Austin, Texas

The Nude Party perform at The Current's Day Party at Barracuda in Austin, Texas, during SXSW 2019.
The Nude Party perform at The Current's Day Party at Barracuda in Austin, Texas, during SXSW 2019.Mary Mathis | MPR

March 17, 2019

The Nude Party did in fact, at one time, party and play music naked. There was no pun or any serious symbolism attached to the band name, but rather real experiences involving jamming with friends at North Carolina's Appalachian State University, and playing gigs at the local 505 House — often involving nudity.

Although the six-piece band are now performing fully clothed, their music continues to attract fans with a unique mix of country, punk, blues, and psychedelic rock. Inspired by artists such as Lou Reed, the Who, and Booker T and the MG's, the sextet uses these influences to create their own style and sound.

"The main thing that differentiates us from everyone else is that we have what no one else has," lead vocalist Patton Magee told Ones to Watch. "We have an unshakable brotherhood, all dedicated entirely to doing this thing. We've been living together, touring together, breathing the same shared pocket of air for five straight years now. People notice it when we play, and I'm convinced that that level of cohesion just can't be faked. We keep each other company and look out for each other in this big lonesome world. And when we play, we form like Voltron."

The band released their first, self-titled, album last August and spent the summer touring with Ron Gallo and with Oakley Munson of the Black Lips, who produced the band's album.

At SXSW the band will more than likely perform songs from their latest album, including the song "Chevrolet Van," a song about growing up and getting a job. The song cautions listeners: "You'll never make enough money. And no one cares about the things you say. You're gonna wake up someday. Man, you'll wish you got a job."

     – Marla Khan-Schwartz

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Video Credits

Video Director: Nate Ryan
Camera operators: Patrick Galbreath, Devon Quick
Audio: Corey Schreppel

The Nude Party (Bandcamp)