Late Night ‘Nude Beach’ at Mercury Lounge [9/20/13]

Posted on: September 23rd, 2013 at 11:20 am by
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Nude Beach was slotted for the oft-coveted late show slot at Mercury Lounge Friday night. Doors were 10:30, gig at 12:30. Sapped from a night of drinking, we feared a stagnant show. Not entirely the case.

The Brooklyn-based trio plugged right in and hammered out a quick set of thumping, melodic garage rock that could be categorized as falling somewhere between Green Day, the Fratellis, and the Hold Steady. They had about an album’s worth of material from which to play, and did just that. Cuts from II, including “Walkin’ Down My Street” and “Some Kinda Love” were mixed alongside new tracks like “What Can Ya Do,” which is their newest single (via East Village imprint Other Music).

As with most shows at Mercury Lounge, fan response to Nude Beach appeared tepid at first with plenty of crossed arms and 100-yard stares. But that was no quality index. These guys were a damn good time, and certainly worthy of a listen on your dual-deck boombox.

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