Music Review: Brooklyn’s Nude Beach II

By Vanessa Butler

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Good ole American rock is the simple reason to check out "Nude Beach ll."


Miss the good old days of ripped jeans, sock hops, vintage shirts before they were vintage and Stratocasters? Then Nude Beach’s EP II is the album you’ve been waiting for. It’s so refreshing to pop in an album that lacks all things kitschy and tailored; this album is straight-up dope. Their bio on Other Music Recordings notes that “growing up in the bucolic waterfront village of Northport, N.Y., Chuck Betz, Ryan Naideau and Jimmy Shelton played punk rock together since high school in a succession of bands more than happy to set up at any house party, BBQ or makeshift venue that would have them.” It seems that since then, not much has changed for the guys.

There’s little to delve into philosophically in regards to the tracks; these notorious fellows in the Brooklyn DIY scene are just out to play some good old American rock similar to Elvis Costello (when he could still pull off a thin tie) and have the lyrical and vocal stylings of Tom Petty. A lot of people seem to be noting that there are a lot of albums that sound the same, but they’re creating rock the way we haven’t heard in quite some time, songs that once you hear them are ear wormed in your brain for the rest of the week. Songs of note are the jangly opener “Radio,” which has been floating around the internet for the past few weeks, as well as a track that brings to mind Tom Petty’s “Learning to Fly,” “Love Can Wait.”

Sure, there are albums that sound a lot like II, but with what is passing for Top 40 nowadays, it’s nice to hear an album that oozes passion and love for picking up a guitar and jamming out with your buddies for a crowd of likeminded people.


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