Getting to know The Emergency
I keep finding more and more rad Aussie music every day. Milo Kossowski and Morgan McWaters AKA The Emergency “make the music of tomorrow you imagined in a hazy childhood dream. By combining disco beats, shimmering synths and dubbed out vocal effects they weave a web of heavy cosmic pop that avoids sounding quotational or disposable.” The boys play synths and gadgets and claimed to be inspired by beating on pots and pans. Nice.
Their music takes a new perspective on the poppy disco we keep hearing, it’s much darker at at times even psychedelic. Vogue UK has put them in the ranks with Hercules & Love Affair and Glass Candy (who they actually opened for in Melbourne). The tracks below are from their 2009 release Dreams That Money Can Buy off of Exo Records/ Metal Postcard. They recorded and produced it themselves using a variety of vintage and newer “gadgets.”
It’s always nice to know what any band’s next step is and it never hurts to ask. I was really looking forward to some new releases from them but Morgan actually informed me that: “The Emergency is having a break for a little while after the album came out, Milo and I are working on a few different projects, Peace Out, First Taste, Eastern Grey and Worng.”
Now let’s get to know The Emergency a little better:
ND: Why The Emergency?
TE: When we started out (2001) we played a lot faster instrumental stuff, like 140-160bpm, and the name suited a lot more. Now that we’re doing a lot more downtempo stuff it’s kind of funny to be making all this chilled out stuff and still have a name with a sense of urgency about it.
ND: Who has been your favorite group or artist you’ve collaborated with so far?
TE: It was pretty amazing to remix The Slits, I used to listen to them when I was a teenager and I never thought I’d end up on the same label as them and have them want us to remix them. Working with Catcall was great, she was down in Melbourne shooting a film clip and popped in to the studio for a couple of hours to record the vocal track for Fire in You. We first met her the first time we played a show in Sydney years ago, it was in an art gallery and she and her friends were underage so we bought booze for them.
ND: Do you have any crazy fan stories?
TE: Not really, it was pretty amazing headlining a festival in Vietnam, we didn’t really know we had any fans over there.
ND: What is your favorite type of venue to play at?
TE: We’ve been lucky enough to play some really big venues with amazing sound systems and lighting rigs lately, they’re great cause you can really feel the bass. When we play live we try to fill the room up with smoke and then project visuals through it, it looks pretty amazing.
ND: Tell us something about your childhood that has influenced your music. (can be anything)
TE: Milo and I both used to read those books about the future that were written in the ’70s and ended up sitting around dog-eared in the corners of the libraries where we went to school. You know the ones that said things like ‘by 1995 man will have permanent bases on the moon and will be driving around in electric cars powered by wave generators and be living in geodesic domes.’ That’s been a big influence on the Emergency, visions of the future from the past.