In the wake of Nude Beach II, which hit the streets on August 14, the New York trio have released a video that reflects their roots in the house party communities of Long Island and Brooklyn.
I appreciate the way they locate the garage spirit in stadium-rock sources, like Tom Petty and Bruce Springsteen. If you never liked that all-American brand of rock & roll in the first place, they probably won't win you over, but at the very least they reflect what those acts might have sounded like before they signed their lives over to the Man and took over the FM airwaves (another take: they're the blue-collar answer to the upper-class Strokes). As Nate Chinen put in The New York Times, "To label this music a tribute would feel disingenuous. To call it an update would be too generous." Exactly. Seattle tour dates below.
Nude Beach plays 5010 House on Sept 11 and Black Lodge (with Naomi Punk) on Sept 27. Nude Beach II is out now on Other Music Recording Co./Fat Possum.