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. 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.
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.
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. The band has played big shows including opening for Matisyahu in the summer of 2012 and in August of 2013 they will play the Equifunk Music Festival in the Pocono Mountains in PA.
In the spring of 2013 The band was approached by Coca-Cola to write a song for Coke’s new campagin, “52 Songs of Happiness”. The band’s original song “Hideaway” will be featured in the campaign which launches worldwide this summer.
Having put out three releases thus far, the band’s most recent 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.
The new record was released in the fall of 2012, and Emergency Service is touring in support of it.