INTERVIEW by ZAK SLOMAN
The Emergency Please are an alternative rock three-piece from Southampton.
Led by vocalist/guitarist Karan Master, the band burst onto the scene last year with their debut single ‘Still Good’, which showcased an eclectically-influenced sound incorporating elements of jazz, funk and pop-punk.
With the single generating much positive feedback, the talented trio will be confident of getting more of the same when their inaugural EP is released shortly.
Karan went into more detail about this and other things when I spoke to him recently.
How did The Emergency Please start out?
I started The Emergency Please as a songwriting vehicle for music I’d be writing. We’re about to release our debut EP titled ‘Remember You’, which features Adam Porter (bass) and Sam West (drums). I am currently working with Jono Powell (bass) and Sam Garnett (drums). I met Jono at a jam night in Southampton. Sam and I have been playing together on and off for years. It’s really great to have them both in the band.
How did you come up with the band name?
One of my first bands growing up was called Emergency Please. I dug the name, so when I was thinking of what to call this band, I was like “Oh yeah, no one’s using that.”
What are the band’s main musical influences?
It ranges from bands like Funeral For A Friend, Paramore, CHON to stuff like John Mayer, Lany, Prince…the list goes on (laughs).
What would you say was your approach to songwriting?
I usually come in with the guitar and vocals. We jam it out and tweak until it feels right. Some songs we do in an hour, some we work on for weeks.
Where does the inspiration come from for the band’s lyrics?
It ranges, but we tend to write about life experiences. Our upcoming EP ‘Remember You’ has four tracks. The opening title track is about running into an ex after a long time and you can’t seem to remember why you broke up in the moment. The second track ‘I Can’t Stop’ is about a relationship that deep down you know isn’t going to last, but you can’t walk away from. The third, ‘Lost’, is a slower more melancholy song that talks about caring for someone that is going through a tough time and how inner demons affect the people around you. The final track ‘Clark Kent Syndrome’ is more technical alt rock/emo tune. When I sat down and thought about what I had learnt from all the experiences I’d got from the other tracks which is what inspired the lyrics for the final one.
How is the experience of playing live?
We play live almost every week, doing support slots, festivals, bars, pubs, jam nights. Playing live is our favourite part of being in a band. We had a gig a few days ago where we played a song we’d written and learnt something like 23 hours before. It was such a great experience. We love trying out new ideas and mixing things up live. Improvisation is a big part of our shows. We have set structures to everything, but we tend to throw in new ideas depending on the vibe.
Aside from your forthcoming EP, what do you have planned for the near future?
We’ve got a quite a few gigs lined up before the release of the EP, including Wickham Fest (which we are really excited for). We’ve also got a whole bunch of new material we’ve been recently gigging and are planning on getting it recorded soon.
What is the band’s long-term aim?
For me growing up, listening to music always invoked such an emotional response. We’d like to do the same for as many people as we can.
‘REMEMBER YOU’, THE DEBUT EP FROM THE EMERGENCY PLEASE, WILL BE RELEASED SOON.
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