Nude Beach's "II"

Nude Beach's "II"

  • Article by: Sean Maloney
  • Posted: 08/14/2012

Hey Nude Beach – put some pants on! The water is cold and it's not doing much for the proportionality of your nether regions. I kid! Pants are optional, forever and always – especially if the lack of clothing is the key to making such great, guitar-driven pop tunes. We can definitely put up with some sun-baked balls, saggy boobs and unsightly body hair -- (which we had to do when we forgot to include “band” in our Google search) -- if the end result rocks as hard as II, the latest from Brooklyn power pop outfit, Nude Beach. Records with this much energy -- and such well crafted and contagious tunes -- don't come around very often, and if we had to scope a couple picks of grandpa's withered nibbly bits, so be it.

II is pure, punk fury – lean, strong, defiant – wrapped in ear-worm hook, the sort of album that provokes involuntary fist pumping. Not that “fist pumping,” pervs, but the kind where you put your fist in the air, rather than say, in your pants. Jeez, get your mind out of the gutter. Sure, but “Don't Have to Try” would make for a great soundtrack to a one-night stand; “Keep It Cool” has probably started a few random rock-club make-out sessions; and the guitar solo on “Love Can't Wait” has probably impregnated a listener or two, but there's more to Nude Beach's Westerberg-Springsteen-Petty-channeling sound than romance. Okay, there's a lot of romance – the romance of the road, the romance of a late night and a late breakfast – but isn't that what we need / want from a rock ‘n’ roll record? That's exactly what we need. Romance. And some pants.

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