80s (and sometimes 00s) Music Rules ~ Criminally Underrated Artists/Bands ~ Ricky Humphrey and Nature Kills

Rick_HumphreyEvery now and again, I have the great fortune to bump into a contemporary musician or band who embodies the very essence of the 80s music I love. Recently, I was privileged to meet Ricky Humphrey online, currently recording as Nature Kills. The music I have heard him create has blown me away.

As Ricky, himself describes this phenomenon: “Nature Kills”—melody-driven, bass-thumping, guitar-wailing, synth-swirling music.

“Nature Kills” was born out of an idea in October 2010. The band “Rise” had ceased to exist and I was in a musical wasteland. I became driven obsessively to create music that I wanted to hear. I missed the music from the 80s and craved the textures and melodies that were created during this time. I needed a vehicle for this and that became “Nature Kills.” I want my music to sound fresh and new, but also have that contemporary feel; one foot in the 80s if you like.

Ricky Humphrey was kind enough to grant an interview to Rave and Roll. Read on to learn more about this super-talented man and his music.

What is your first musical memory?
Nazareth—Bad Bad Boy

What instruments do you play? RH3
Bass, guitar, and synth.

Which one do you favor and why?
Bass—it’s where I feel most at home and am most proficient.

Did you take lessons or are you self-taught?
Bass—self-taught, though I did have a few lessons with Nick Beggs (Kajagoogoo/Ellis,Beggs & Howard, and now touring with Steven Wilson), as I wanted to develop my slap/funk style. Guitar and synth—self-taught.

Who were your favorite musicians growing up?
Mick Karn (Japan)—he was my introduction to bass. I was just blown away by his unique style. Gary Numan for being so inspirational; a true awakening took place for me at this time. Talk Talk—just awesome!RH1a

Who are your current favorites?
Peter Murphy—he has such an amazing voice and I just love his lyrics. Depeche Mode—I was not a fan of their material when Vince Clarke was involved, but have grown to like them more and more with each passing album. Gary Numan still does it for me and he is still evolving, which is cool. Trent Reznor, NineInchNails, and How to Destroy Angels—again very inspirational in all that he does.

Have you ever played in a band?
Yes, my first band was Sirahn, then The Open Hand, followed by Rise.

Do you prefer recording alone or with other supporting band members?
Both have their advantages. I have more control over my current projects as I am working alone. In a band situation, there’s a lot of diplomacy and at times tension, which can be good but it can also hinder.

Rick_Humphrey3When you write, which comes first—melody or lyrics?
This one is difficult, I write lyrics as and when I’m inspired but generally don’t have a melody in mind; however, when I have an instrument at hand I create melody, rhythm etc., then seek out a lyric that feels suitable. I don’t have a vocal melody sorted until I have a musical backdrop to work with, and then try to enhance it with a vocal line.

Who or what has influenced your style of music?
Japan, Gary Numan, Peter Murphy, Depeche Mode, Trent Reznor, and Talk Talk.

Do you see a particular direction that your music is taking, and if so, where is it going?
I feel it becoming somewhat darker with a few hints of lightness here and there just to keep the balance. I like to move more toward the Dark Wave/Goth genre but for now I’ll stick with Alternative until I make the leap.

Nature Kills music is available live and online, with a CD available soon. Experience it for yourself:
soundcloud.com/naturekills
www.reverbnation.com/naturekills
www.myspace.com/naturekills
www.facebook.com/pages/NatureKills

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Marsbar Playlist ~ 5-26-2013

May 26, 2013

David Marsden on the Rock.FM every Saturday and Sunday night from 7 p.m. until midnight. Streaming live via the Internet.

The complete list thanks to much-appreciated help from JerusalemSlim:

69 Eyes – Gothic Girl
A-Ha – The Sun Always Shines On TV
Bill Nelson – Contemplation
Boomtown Rats – Dave
Carole Pope – Dream 6
Comsat Angels – After The Rain
Cure – Pictures Of You
Dee Long – Good Night Universe
Doors – The Changeling
Fad Gadget – Collapsing New People
FM – Dream Girl
Fools – It’s A Night For Beautiful Girls
Frank Marino & Mahogany Rush – Norwegian Wood
Freedom Or Death – Inside
Gary Numan & Bill Sharpe – Change Your Mind
Gerry Cott – Lone Ranger
Gotye feat. Kimbra – Somebody That I Used To Know
Hidden Cameras – Origin Orphan
Jags – Last Picture Show
Jools Holland and his Rhythm & Blues Orchestra – I Wish I Knew How It Felt To Be Free
Kinks – Permanent Waves
Klaatu – Sub-Rosa Subway
Long John Baldry – Mr. Rubin
Marianne Faithfull – Blue Millionaire
Midge Ure – After A Fashion
Mike Bloomfield/Al Kooper – Really
Moby Grape – 8:05
Moody Blues – Melancholy Man
My Morning Jacket – Touch Me I’m Going To Scream Part II
Nick Lowe – Cruel To Be Kind
Norman Greenbaum – Spirit In The Sky
Peter Schilling – The Different Story (World Of Lust and Love)
Pink Floyd – Pigs (Three Different Ones)
Raine Maida – Montreal
Rick Wakeman – Space Oddity
Rocky Horror Picture Show (Tim Curry) – I’m Going Home
Rocky Horror Picture Show (Tim Curry) – Sweet Transvestite
Rod Stewart – Country Comfort
Roger Waters – Sunset Strip
Shins – It’s Only Life
Silencers – Wild Mountain Thyme
Slave To The SQUAREwave – Zombie
Status Quo – In The Army Now
Steve Harley & Cockney Rebel – Sebastian
Stranglers – Always The Sun (12″ mix)
Tegan & Sara – Closer
Thomas D’Arcy – I Can’t Wait
Thomas Dolby – Spice Train
Timber Timbre – Magic Arrow
Type O Negative – Summer Breeze
Wintersleep – Experience The Jewel
Walk Off The Earth – Somebody That I Used To Know
Waterwalk – Never Leaving Eden Again
Yaz – Nobody’s Diary (extended)
Zeus – Love/Pain
Zombies – Time Of The Season

For previous David Marsden lists starting from 2003, visit RalphD’s blog “Marsbar Theater.” Ralph is the creator and original caretaker of the lists.

Marsbar Playlist ~ 5-25-2013

May 25, 2013

David Marsden on the Rock.FM every Saturday and Sunday night from 7 p.m. until midnight. Streaming live via the Internet.

I was out of town last night. Thanks to The Barron, here is the complete list. In case I haven’t told you lately, Barron, you ***ROCK***:

69 Eyes – Feel Berlin
Alan Parsons & The Pink Project – Another Brick In The Wall
Alice In Videoland – Going Down
Alphaville – Big In Japan
Art Of Noise – Peter Gunn Theme (The Twang Mix)
B-Movie – Nowhere Girl
Brian Eno feat. John Cale – Spinning Away
Carole Pope – Landfall
Chalk Circle – April Fool
Champion – No Heaven
Clash – Mustapha Dance
Concrete Blonde – Mexican Moon
Cottage Industry – Things Go Up
David Marsden – The AmeriCanadian Way
Depeche Mode – Route 66
Dylans – Planet Love
Echo & The Bunnymen – The Cutter
Endgames – First, Last for Everything
Fall – Hit The North, Pt.1
Fingerprintz – Wet Job
Flesh For Lulu – I Go Crazy (Extended Mix)
Frankie Goes To Hollywood – Rage Hard
Front 242 – Headhunter
Frontline Assembly – Civilization
Gentleman Reg – We’re In A Thunderstorm
Hunter Valentine – Van City
Ian Drury & The Blockheads – Wake Up And Make Love With Me
Iggy Pop – Real Wild Child
Japan – Rhodesia
Johnny Warman – Screaming Jets
Jona Lewie – Louise
Killing Joke – Love Like Blood
Kissing The Pink – One Step
Lightning Seeds – Marvellous
Matchstick Afro – Stereo Orthophonic Hi Fidelity Victrolis
Members – Radio
Muse – Uprising
NeuroRythm – The Voice Of Dissent
Orchestral Manoeuvres In The Dark – Maid Of Orleans
Parachute CLub – Rise Up
Payolas – Never Said I Love You
Pete Shelley – Homosapien
Psychedelic Furs – The Ghost In You
Rammstein – Reise, Reise
Real Life – Send Me An Angel
Shriekback – My Spine (Is The Bassline)
Sisters Of Mercy – Temple Of Love
Slave To The SQUAREwave – Johnny 3:16
Spoons – Ciao
Stranglers – Too Precious
Violent Kin – Velvet Hide

For previous David Marsden lists starting from 2003, visit RalphD’s blog “Marsbar Theater.” Ralph is the creator and original caretaker of the lists.

Marsbar Playlist ~ 5-19-2013

May 19, 2013

David Marsden on the Rock.FM every Saturday and Sunday night from 7 p.m. until midnight. Streaming live via the Internet.

The complete list with help from JerusalemSlim:

Big Country – In A Big Country
Blancmange – Living On The Ceiling
Box – Crying Out Loud For Love
Boxer The Horse – Karen Silkwood
Brian Eno feat. John Cale – Spinning Away
Cabaret Voltaire – Crackdown
Chameleons – Swamp Thing
China Crisis – Working With Fire & Steel
Craig Robertson – Waking Up Tired
Comsat Angels – Dark Parade
Concrete Blonde – Mexican Moon
Cure – Lovecats
Cure – Lullaby (Remix)
Dee Long – Good Night Universe
Deftones – Drive
Delerium – A Poem For Byzantium
Dream Academy – The Love Parade
Eight Seconds – Kiss You (When It’s Dangerous)
Elton John & Leon Russell – In The Hands Of Angels
Fabulous Poodles – Tit Photographer’s Blues
Frank Zappa – Joe’s Garage
Freur Matters Of The Heart
Hidden Cameras – Colour Of A Man
Hidden Cameras – The International M.M.A. The Mild Mannered Army
Hooters – All You Zombies
I.C.E. – Strange Attractor
Joe Cocker – Summer In The City
Klaatu – Dog Star
KTP – Certain Things Are Likely (12″ mix)
Leonard Cohen – The Future
Lucas Silveira – I’m Your Man
MC 900 Ft. Jesus – The City Sleeps
Perry Farrell’s Satellite Party – Wish Upon A Dog Star
Pink Floyd – One Slip
Prefab Sprout – Faron Young
Raine Maida – Rising Tide
Rammstein – Los
Rialto – Monday Morning 5:19
Richard Strange & The Engine Room – Damascus (Burn In The Shadows)
Rymes With Orange – Marvin
Scissor Sisters – Return To Oz
Sigue Sigue Sputnik – Atari Baby (’97 Remix)
Simple Minds – Someone, Somewhere (In Summertime)
Slave To The SQUAREwave – London Baby
Specials – Ghost Town (12″ mix)
Stan Ridgway – The Big Heat
Staple Singers – I’ll Take You There
Tal Bachman – Darker Side of Blue
TBA – Reunion
Ten Years After – I’d Love To Change The World
Thomas Dolby – Windpower
Transvision Vamp – Velveteen
Ultravox – White China
Waterwalk – Never Leaving Eden Again
XTC – Generals & Majors

For previous David Marsden lists starting from 2003, visit RalphD’s blog “Marsbar Theater.” Ralph is the creator and original caretaker of the lists.

Marsbar Playlist ~ 5-18-2013

May 18, 2013

David Marsden on the Rock.FM every Saturday and Sunday night from 7 p.m. until midnight. Streaming live via the Internet.

The complete list until thanks to help fromthe Barron:

69 Eyes Feel – Berlin
Alabama 3 – Hotel California
Arcade Fire – Rebellion (Lies)
Book Of Love – Boy
Boomtown Rats – Dave
Champion – My Black Saab
Cliks – Savanna
Cut Copy – Hearts On Fire
Darkroom – San Paku
Diamond Rings – I’m Just Me
Echo & The Bunnymen – The Killing Moon
Fall Out Boy – Thnks Fr Th Mmrs
Fixx – Red Skies
Freedom Or Death – Inside
Heaven 17 – Let Me Go
Lindsey Buckingham – Holiday Road
Love & Rockets – So Alive
Marillion – Angelina
Moev – Head Down
Mother Mother – Infinitesimal
My Morning Jacket – Touch Me I’m Going To Scream Pt.II
Nik Kershaw – The Riddle
Oingo Boingo – You Really Got Me
Peter Schilling – Major Tom (Coming Home)
Pete Shelley – Telephone Operator
Peter Murphy – Cuts You Up
Propellerheads – Velvet Pants
Primal Scream – Come Together
Raine Maida – Montreal
Rammstein – Du Hast
Real Life – Send Me An Angel (extended)
Red Sun Horizon – India
Robbie Robertson – Houdini
Roger Waters – It All Makes Perfect Sense (Parts I & II)
Scissor Sisters – Filthy/Gorgeous
Simple Minds – Broken Glass Park
Sisters Of Mercy – Temple Of Love
Slave To The SQUAREwave – Texan Thugs and Rock ‘N’ Roll
Sly & the Family Stone – Thank You (Falettinme Be Mice Elf Agin)
Soup Dragons – I’m Free
Spoons – Ciao
strange Advance – Worlds Away
Tame Impala – Elephant
Teenage Head – Disgusteen
Wallflowers feat. Mick Jones – Reboot The Mission
Villains – Wendy’s Melody
Vis A Vis – Shadowplay
Yaz – Only You
Yello – The Race
Zeus – Love/Pain

For previous David Marsden lists starting from 2003, visit RalphD’s blog “Marsbar Theater.” Ralph is the creator and original caretaker of the lists.

Marsbar Playlist ~ 5-12-2013

May 12, 2013

David Marsden on the Rock.FM every Saturday and Sunday night from 7 p.m. until midnight. Streaming live via the Internet.

The complete list thanks to help from JerusalemSlim–minus the song played after Roger Waters – Radio Waves, and the song played after Lou Reed – Intro (Sweet Jane). If you can help ID either of the songs, please leave a comment:

A Foot In Cold Water – (Make Me Do) Anything You Want
Alarm – Rain In The Sunmmertime
Blue Peter – Take Me To War
Bolus – Forward Facing
Carole Pope – Landfall
Cliks – Savanna
Colin James – Why’d You Lie?
Comsat Angels – The Cutting Edge
Crash Test Dummies – The Ballad Of Peter Pumpkinhead
David Bowie – The Next Day
Dee Long – Good Night Universe
Dire Straits – Calling Elvis
Elephant – Tame Impala
Eric Clapton – My Father’s Eyes
Fine Young Cannibals – Suspicious Minds
Fleetwood Mac – Albatross
Frank Zappa – Flakes
Garfield – Private Affair
General Public – Tenderness
Genesis – Watcher Of The Skies
Harrison Fjord – Docking With Jesus
Hedwig & the Angry Inch – Sugar Daddy
Ian Dury & The Blockheads – Hit Me With Your Rhythm Stick
Jeremy Fischer – High School
Joe Bonamassa – Blues Deluxe
Kinks – Lost & Found
Leon Russell – A Song For You
Leonard Cohen – The Future
Level 42 – Lessons In Love (12″ mix)
Lighthouse – 1849
Long John Baldry – A Thrill’s A Thrill
Lou Reed – Intro (Sweet Jane)
Madness – One Step Beyond
Moody Blues – The Other Side Of Life
Mother Mother – Infinitesimal
Paul Young – Every Time You Go Away
Peter Murphy – Indigo Eyes (’98)
Pink Floyd – Welcome To The Machine
Procol Harum – In Held ‘Twas In I
Roger Waters – Radio Waves
Santana feat. Everlast – Put Your Lights On
Scissor Sisters – Invisible Light
Sigue Sigue Sputnik – Bullet With Butterfly Wings
Simple Minds – Broken Glass Park x 2
Snowy White & Peter Green – In The Skies
Stranglers – Always The Sun (12″ mix)
Thomas D’Arcy – I Can’t Wait
Unheilig – An Deiner Seite
Yazoo – Situation

For previous David Marsden lists starting from 2003, visit RalphD’s blog “Marsbar Theater.” Ralph is the creator and original caretaker of the lists.

Marsbar Playlist ~ 5-11-2013

May 11, 2013

David Marsden on the Rock.FM every Saturday and Sunday night from 7 p.m. until midnight. Streaming live via the Internet.

The complete list until thanks to fabulous help from The Barron:

Big Audio Dynamite – E=MC2
Billy Idol – Dancin’ With Myself
Blackmore’s Night – Rainbow Eyes
Boxer The Horse – Sentimental/Oriental
Broken Social Scene – Lover’s Spit
Chameleons – Swamp Thing
Clash – The Magnificent Seven
Cliks – Dirty King
Cure – A Forest
Depeche Mode – In Your Room (Jeep Rock Mix)
DJ Champion – No Heaven
Elliot Murphy – Rock Ballad
Everlast – Saving Grace
Fad Gadget – Collapsing New People
Feargal Sharkey – A Good Heart
Frankie Goes To Hollywood – Two Tribes (Annihilation mix)
Front 242 – Masterhit Parts I & II
Grandmaster Flash & Melle Mel – White Lines (Don’t Do It)
Hidden Cameras – Kingdom Come
Howard Jones – Pearl In The Shell
Howard Jones – What is Love
Ian Dury & The Seven Seas Players – Spasticus (Autisticus)
Images In Vogue – Just Like You
Japan – Rhodesia
Love & Rockets – Ball Of Confusion
Matchstick Afro – Stereo Orthophonic Hi Fidelity Victrolis
Moby feat.Patti Labelle – One Of These Mornings
NeuroRythm – The Voice Of Dissent
New Order – True Faith
Nik Kershaw – The Riddle
Nik Kershaw – I Won’t Let The sun Go Down On Me
Nik Kershaw – Wide Boy
Peter Murphy – All Night Long
Peter Schilling – The Different Story (World Of Lust and Love)
Raine Maida – A Drink To You
Raine Maida – Montreal
Rammstein – Reise, Reise
Scissor Sisters – Filthy Gorgeous (extended 12″ mix)
Shriekback – Nemesis
Sigue Sigue Sputnik – Love Missile F1-11
Simple Minds – New Gold Dream (81-82-83-84)
Slave To The SQUAREwave – Johnny 3:16
Slave To The SQUAREwave – Zombie
Smiths – How Soon Is Now
Sparklehorse – Wish You Were Here
Spoons – Ciao
Tin Star Orphans – Jaw Wired Shut
Transvision Vamp – Velveteen
Wallflowers feat. Mick Jones – Reboot The Mission
Wang Chung – Dance Hall Days
Yello – Rubberbandman (Rubber Mix)

For previous David Marsden lists starting from 2003, visit RalphD’s blog “Marsbar Theater.” Ralph is the creator and original caretaker of the lists.