Fusing together elements of pop/rock and hip-hop with a dash of reggae influence, Emergency Service delivers a sound that appeals to a wide range of listeners – and with their fourth album, self titled and dropping in the summer of 2012, they are thriving and gaining fans. The band wraps their positive messages up in catchy hooks with hummable melodies, drawing in audiences of all ages and challenging them not to sing along.
The band lends itself to comparisons to Gym Class Heroes, OAR and even The Script. They were featured on MTV and named a finalist in MTV’s College Life competition, earning them airplay and exposure. Their explosive live shows filled with improvisation and high energy have landed Emergency Service at some premiere venues in New York City, including Bowery Ballroom, and it’s no wonder Harpoon Brewery named them one of the “Best Unfiltered Bands” in the Northeast.
Founded in 2005 by Sam Rivers (guitar/vocals) and Ed Matos (vocals) in New York City, Emergency Service combines big sounds with powerful hooks and verses which mirror the energy of the city they call home. Chris Norton’s trumpet adds a unique flavor to the sound, using the brass as a rare third voice in addition to the two dynamic front men. The rhythm section of George Oberndorfer (bass) and Drew McLean (drums) serves as an anchor and kicks the energy up, both in live shows and recordings.
Having put out three releases thus far, the band’s upcoming EP, the self-titled ES (or Emergency Service), harnesses their energy while showing the evolution of a band that has grown into its sound. With radio-ready songs such as the driving lead single, “Lose Control” and “Around the World,” which marries a reggae feel with a mainstream edge, it’s easy to imagine the uplifting, hip-pop hybrid sound blasting out of car speakers this summer.
The new record will be released in the fall of 2012, and Emergency Service will be touring in support of it.