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Owing as much to Exploding Hearts as Tom Petty, Nude Beach serve up roadtrip-ready indie rock with punk edges and blue-collar roots. The trio of singer/guitarist Chuck Betz, drummer/singer Ryan Naideau, and bassist Jim Shelton began playing together as high-schoolers in Newport, New York, relocating to Brooklyn and becoming Nude Beach by 2008 (not to be confused with the Philadelphia-based band of the same name, which later re-emerged as Cough Cool). That year the band self-released a self-titled cassette and spent 2009 busily playing around New York with bands like Used Kids, TacocaT, and Tenement. Nude Beach's self-titled LP arrived on the Mandible label in 2010 as the band embarked on its first U.S. tour. Between their in-demand live schedule in 2011, Nude Beach released a split 7" with Marvin Berry & the New Sound as well as a live cassette, and celebrated the new year with their 100th show. That spring they toured with the Men and offered their second album, II, signing with Other Music Recording Company shortly thereafter, which re-released the record that August. In 2014, Nude Beach struck a deal with the New Jersey-based punk indie label Don Giovanni Records, who released the band's double-length third album, '77, in the fall of that year. ~ Chrysta Cherrie