Hi guys, welcome to VENTS! How have you been?
We’ve been great! Psyched to be doing another interview with you guys.
Can you talk to us more about your latest single “Still Good”?
Still Good was the first song written for The Emergency Please. It must’ve been 2 in the morning and I was sitting in my living room with my guitar unplugged looping round these new chords I had discovered (which became the chorus). At the time I was playing with Michael Steadman (bass), I hadn’t found a drummer yet. My old band, A Gentleman’s Film had just broken up and Still Good was really the start of The Emergency Please.
Did any event in particular inspire you to write this song?
The song came about very organically. We had a finished piece of a music and the chorus vocals. The lyrics came from the idea that in the moment of a relationship it seems like it’s your entire world but then a few years down the line you’re a completely different person leading a completely different life.
Any plans to release a video for the single?
We have recorded a music video for Remember You and it will be released along side the EP. We can’t wait for people to see it.
The single comes off your new EP Remember You – what’s the story behind the title?
Remember You is kind of the sequel to Still Good. Where Still Good is about the times that you move on, Remember You is about having grown as a person and then coming together with people from the past.
How was the recording and writing process?
The EP was recorded with session players Sam West (drums) and Adam Porter (bass). I had written the tracks and after a few rehearsals we went into the studio and recorded them. Currently the line up consists of Jono Powell (bass) and Sam Garnett (drums). We’ve written 4-5 new songs and it’s a much more organic writing process.
How has RHCP and Fall Out Boy influence your writing?
Oh man. Massively. I’ve just been listening to them on loop for so long. Both bands make great music but in very different ways and they have both shaped who I am as an artist.
Where did you find the inspiration for the songs and lyrics?
Lyrically, I almost always write about things that are going on in my life. For me, there are a lot of things that a conversation or statement will never do justice but I can express it all lyrically. Musically, anything can set me off, a chord, a tone, a concept. I love writing music and especially so for this band because it has to be focused on the sound we are creating.
Any plans to hit the road?
We are working on something and should have more news on it soon.
What else is happening next in The Emergency Please’s world?
We’ve got a whole new bunch of music we can’t wait to share, so after the release of Remember You that is priority number one. We’ve taken the soundof the EP but added in more groove and bridged the pop punk neo soul gap we’re riding on a bit better.
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