The Nature Strip began in late 2009 when Pete Marley rang John Encarnação and asked for his help to finish off a couple of songs he was writing. They finished them both that evening, and started plotting towards the group that became The Nature Strip. Three albums, two EPs and assorted singles later, they took a break from late 2018 to 2021 while John and Pete worked on solo projects Warmer and Marveline respectively.
It’s ten years since the Sydney (Australia) based power-pop band released their debut album ‘Stars Turn Inside Out’ and to celebrate they’re releasing a digital EP of remixes of four early recordings. The EP will be available on Bandcamp and streaming from 24th May.
“The song ‘Beyond the Nether’ is a punk/new wave vibe and a strange story involving sleep deprivation by John. It was first released on our debut album.”
“‘Handy Round Here’ is as bluesy as The Nature Strip gets, with an unhinged lamenting vocal from Pete and genuine floor stomping instead of bass drum by John. It was first released as the B-side of the vinyl 45 of ‘Beyond the Nether’ and previously unavailable on digital platforms.”
The Springsteen cover ‘Growing Up’ is the first recording of the enduring line-up of the group – Pete on bass, John on guitar, Matt Langely on keyboards and Jess Ciampa on drums. It was recorded for a Springsteen tribute for our then label, Laughing Outlaw in 2013.”
“The last song on the EP ‘Where The Sirens Waited’ is an early co-write. John had all the music and structure but no words. Pete was inspired to write stanza after stanza of a sea-going epic which features whales and dolphins, a giant octopus, fishes with wings, jealous mermaids, and of course, sirens luring the protagonist to who-knows-what, performed here in an inspired cameo by Zoë Carides. The song was first released on the ‘Plainclothes’ EP in 2015.”
Having released three new singles in the last year, this celebration has not slowed progress on The Nature Strip’s fourth album, due early next year, with at least another single before the year is out.
The Nature Strip plays the entire first album and a set of recent tunes at The Gasoline Pony, Marrickville Friday June 2.
Written by: leancool20
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