John Encarnacao – vocals, guitars
Pete Marley – the bass guitar, guitars, vocals
Matt Langley – keyboards, guitar, vocals
Jess Ciampa – drums, percussions, vocals
"The Nature Strip are from Sydney. Not that you'd know that, because they sound so English. They cite their influences as XTC and Talking Heads and you can hear glimpses of both. XTC's harmony and wit, Talking Heads turn of phrase."
The Nature Strip began accidentally at a songwriting session between long-time musical buddies John and Pete. They’d played together in Sydney band the Flies waaaaay back, and also in John’s outfit Warmer from 2002 for a good few years and three albums. In 2009, Pete had a couple of tunes he couldn’t finish, went around to John’s house and they knocked them off over a bottle of red (or was it cups of tea?, can't remember). John had demoes of music with no vocal melody or lyrics. Pete came up with words for one of these while in a partial hallucinatory state on a 17-hour bus trip in Turkey. In early 2010, they recorded three tunes in a holiday house on the NSW south coast, playing all the instruments with John on drums on the first two. This went so well, they recorded again at the same house. With five tunes done, they decided to form a proper band, finish an album and get some gigs.