A decade has flown by in the blink of an eye. In that time, the New York-based band, the Nude Party, has released two well-received albums, an EP and toured relentlessly. They now return with Rides On.
The 13-song Rides On was produced by the Nude Party and mixed by Sam Cohen (Kevin Morby). It is the anticipated follow up to their 2020 LP Midnight Manor which debuted at No. 1 on the Alternative New Artists Album chart. Met with critical acclaim, in their 4 out of 5 Star review, Mojo Magazine said they “...thrillingly embrace the moment… Top Class” while The Line of Best Fit said, “The band started with a really strong debut album, but Midnight Manor somehow takes this to new heights. You'll hear the Stones, you'll hear Lou Reed, you'll even hear a bit of Alice Cooper in there - and you’ll come away having connected with a new, intensely fulfilling sense of cool.”
All songs included on Rides On were written by the band with the exception of “Somebody Tryin’ to Hoodoo Me,” by Dr. John. Rides On, the band confidently says, is their best record. It’s also the most homegrown and the most organic record they have created to date. Unlike their first two albums, they decided to produce Rides On themselves. Tired of paying for studio time and being rushed, they used the funds they’d saved and spent a year building a studio space out of a barn in upstate NY.
When the band met the Tampa-based engineer Matthew Horner, they discovered they had the opposite problems: Matthew had a collection of incredible gear with no studio and the Nude Party had a great new studio with no gear. So they invited him to move his equipment up to the Catskills to record an album together. Tired of paying for studio time and being rushed, the band methodically worked at their own pace. Out were the sessions lasting a strict handful of days. In were impromptu writing moments and picking every sound as they went along. The relaxed atmosphere of the sessions, and arriving with only loosely structured material, allowed the band to thrive in the studio. It also unleashed a diverse sonic texture compared to their previous releases. The lack of pressure allowed them to record over 20 songs, including some that dabbled in electro-pop and stripped-down country before settling on the final 13 songs.