EMPRA

EMPRA

 Melbourne, Victoria, AUS
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Melbourne rock band with a sound that’s an amalgamation of Foo Fighters and Weezer with modern rock heroes like Royal Blood, Manchester Orchestra and Japandroids. EMPRA delivers with an undeniable street coolness and rock’n’roll swagger that is epitomised by their uplifting live show. They have toured relentlessly over the last few years supporting bands such as Fall Out Boy, British India, Calling All Cars, Dune Rats and even collaborated with Gotye on their debut album.

Biography

EMPRA is a rock band from Melbourne that creates uplifting music filled with good vibes and euphoric sing-a-longs that will supercharge your heart and electrify your soul.

In their short four year history, EMPRA has released an album, two EPs and two singles. In 2013 their single, Strange Condition was shortlisted for the prestigious Vanda & Young Australian songwriting prize. They’ve been played regularly on Australian community radio, stations in South East Asia and are starting to gain traction on USA College Radio. The band has performed extensively across Australia with a whopping 200+ gigs in the past four years.

They’ve toured overseas to South East Asia and performed alongside Dune Rats, Tired Lion and performed a full blown arena show with Fall Out Boy who remarked that “EMPRA were one of the first bands on tour that could get the crowd singing along to their songs!”. In 2013, EMPRA took part in an international band competition and was selected to represent Australia in the finals held at the House of Blues at Sunset Strip USA. The band WON.

Back in Australia the band has had the honour of supporting Australian luminaries such as British India, DZ Deathrays, Kingswood and Calling All Cars. They even recorded a song with Gotye after Sanny sent him an acoustic bedroom recording asking if he could come to the studio and do his “Gotye thing”. He heard the song, loved it and said yes.

EMPRA are excited to present their new single entitled ‘Rebecca’. Inspired by a beautiful rock’n’roll woman who suffered from low self-esteem, the song is about telling that girl that her beauty already radiates from within and that she just needs to realise this without falling into the friend zone! The track overloads with fuzzy guitars, dirty bass lines, energetic drums, a vocal which switches between falsetto and screams along with catchy lyrics and a huge chorus, this is EMPRA stronger and fresher than ever.

With a sound that’s an amalgamation of alternative rock greats such as Weezer and Foo Fighters with modern rock heroes like Royal Blood, Manchester Orchestra and Japandroids, EMPRA delivers with an undeniable street coolness and rock’n’roll swagger and continues to lift spirits along the way.

EMPRA have just completed an Australian national tour in September 2015 and are now touring SE Asia and California through to the end of November 2015.

Lyrics

Rebecca

Written By: Sanny Veloo

Verse 1
She was handing out an invitation
Didn’t care about the implications
I had early start the following day
But I wasn’t gonna pass I had to see her again
All the dancing and the conversation
Fed the feelings of infatuation
Cherry Bar busting moves on the floor
This was another big night and I'm ready for more

Pre-chorus
Hey beautiful will you come with me
Girl we are so much more
If you would let me make you see

Chorus
Rebecca didn’t I tell you so
Do you want this girl I’ve got to know

Verse 2
She wasn’t sure had the hesitations
Too soon too complicated
She had a boy never treated her right
And he'd intoxicate her mind keep her hurting inside
She was living with a heart deficient
Needed loving with repeat prescription
Making out from at the back of the club
With a connection that we forged over rock’n’roll

Pre-chorus
Hey beautiful will you come with me
Girl we are so much more
If you would let me make you see

Chorus
Rebecca didn’t I tell you so
Do you want this girl I’ve got to know
Those other boys won't soothe your soul
Do you want this girl I’ve got to know

Bridge
Take a chance with the sun, make you feel like you have won
Take a chance with the sun, make you feel you’ve come undone
Take a chance with the sun, make you feel you’re the only one

Heading Straight For The Sun

Written By: Sanny Veloo

Verse 1
Predicament
This is a vision of the end
I’m being overworked and underpaid
Stuck in a cubicle of debt
Subservient
Don’t wanna tourniquet my hands
With false promises of accolades
I'm not a puppet to the man

Chorus
What’d you expect? I’m doing the best I can
We’re heading straight for the sun
What you talking about? I’m doing the best I can
We’re heading straight for the sun
Why you freaking out? I’m doing the best I can
We’re heading straight for the sun
As a matter of fact, I’m doing the best I can

Verse 2
Coincidence
Asphyxiated my lament
I was promoted to a specimen
In a museum of repent
Benevolent
I cursed my luck and I was sent
To share a room with an elephant
A shadow puppet silhouette

Chorus

Bridge
Take everything I’ve known
Take all the seeds I’ve sown
One day I’ll reach the top
I’ll harvest all you got

Chorus

C.T.F.O.

Written By: Sanny Veloo

Verse 1
I didn’t know you were such a psychologist
Drunk texting me a diagnosis
Did it ever occur for you knock
We've been through this already
Apologised, we reconciled the action
But you don’t wanna forgive cos your so full of it
The door is open in you wanna walk
So if you’re gonna leave
Here’s a little peace

Chorus
Why don’t you go and just chill the fuck out
I’ve had enough of you wasting my time
Why don’t you go and just chill the fuck out
So I can go on living my life

Breakdown
Chill Chill Chill Chill the Chill Chill Chill Chill the the fu fu fuc fuccc…..
Fuck your shit!

Chorus 2
Another speech, you think be the oracle
Oh how lucky am I for your miracle
So after all the things that I have done for you
You busting my balls like a man bitch from preschool?
Well nevermind I’lll let this slide
Cos you and I know your time’s running out, fool
Instead of coming over screaming at me
Show some dignity and sober up with tea

Bridge
It’s a Friday you make your demands
And I cancel my plans
Is this the foreplay you’re trying to extend
You know I couldn’t care less
You’re like a screenplay without any end
Call the taxi again

Chorus x 2

Standing In The Gutter

Written By: Sanny Veloo

Verse 1
A hibernating ghetto
The final sip in a pain stained morning
Resuscitating sunrise
Are we in sync? Cos I’m still missing
3% battery
The disconnect a welcome silence
Last year was nothing like I planned

Chorus
Standing in the gutter
A cool summer breeze whispers to me
Standing in the gutter
The moment begins to make me believe

Verse 2
Fresh graffiti photographs
Sweet to taste for an empty stomach
In desperation I relied on escape
But I got more sick
The skeletons of long dead grass
Line the cracks in a concrete stairway
This time I’m facing my fears till the end

Bridge
So low I got to rise again
So low I got to rise again
So low I got to rise again
So low I got to rise again

Chorus

Discography

Albums
EMPRA - Self Titled (2012)

EPs
EMPRA - Live at Revolver (2013)
EMPRA - USA EP (2015)

Single
EMPRA - Rebecca (2015)
EMPRA - Strange Condition (2014)

Compilations
Punk Kills Vol. 19 (2012)
Fist2Face Autumn Sampler (2013)
Parx-E Vol. 2 (2013)

Set List

Sabrina
Doesn't Make Much Sense
Heading Straight For The Sun
Standing In The Gutter
Strange Condition
Dear Rani
Reckless
Rebecca
C.T.F.O.
Only Love
We Can End Wars
I Won't Give Up