The Nude Party are set to return with their second album, Midnight Manor, on October 2nd via New West Records. The 12-song set was recorded live-to-tape over six days at the Outlier Inn in upstate New York and mixed by John Agnello (Dinosaur Jr, Kurt Vile). Midnight Manor is the follow up to their critically acclaimed self-titled debut which Rolling Stone heralded as “Equal parts ‘I’m Waiting for the Man’ Velvet Underground and Exile on Main Street Stones.” Their debut found the band hitting stages across the globe, appearing at massive festivals like Lollapalooza, All Points East, Splendour In The Grass, Great Escape, Newport Folk Festival, and Bonnaroo where many publications named them one of the best of the festival. They also supported major artists like Jack White and the Arctic Monkeys—both of whom became full-blown fans and vocal supporters of the band. Today, they share new single Shine Your Light. The video was directed by The Nude Party along with Alex Purifoy and Bryan Janiczek while they all self-quarantined together at home during the Covid-19 pandemic. 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 Nude Party is Patton Magee (Vocals, Guitar), Shaun Couture (Guitar, Vocals), Alec Castillo (Bass, Vocals), Connor Mikita (Drums), Don Merrill (Piano, Vocals), and Austin Brose (Percussion, Vocals). Midnight Manor will be available across digital platforms, on compact disc, and standard black vinyl. A limited to 500 Purple Vinyl edition will be available at Independent Retailers while a limited to 300 colour edition featuring an exclusive 7-inch single will be available via Rough Trade.A limited to 500 Translucent Pink Vinyl Edition is available for Pre-Order NOW via NEW WEST RECORDS.
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