Semaphore have shared their new single 01000110 ahead of the release of their forthcoming album ‘I Need A Reason To Stay,’ out March 24th. Lyrically, “01000110 is about the influence of money on art, and the concept of creature comforts” shares the band’s Siddhu Anandalingam. Semaphore will celebrate the album release that weekend with a show at Golden Sounds in Brooklyn on March 26th and have announced select spring tour dates to follow. Upcoming gigs listed below.
Watch the visualizer for 01000110 via YouTube below.
Pre-Order ‘I Need A Reason To Stay’: https://linktr.ee/semaphoremusic
Watch the music video for No One via YouTube
Watch the music video for Smother on YouTube
Comprised of singer and guitarist Siddhu Anandalingam, drummer Emmett Ceglia, guitarist Jay Kohler, and bassist Niko Hasapopoulos, the Brooklyn-based quartet has been busy over the past few years navigating the lonesome loudness of modern life. On the surface, Semaphore seems much like any other shoegaze band: they’re loud, atmospheric, and very, very moody. “We know we’re a bunch of sad boys singing for sad boys,” acknowledges Anandalingam, “but there’s a disaffectedness to a lot of shoegaze, an instinct to contribute to a collective droning, that Semaphore resists. We’re not trying to glorify numbness. We want to actually reach our audience.” This longing to connect underpins Semaphore’s work, lending an urgency to the band’s perspective, sound, and approach.
Founded in 2013 by Anandalingam, Semaphore released its first album, ‘All Too Robot,’ in 2016, establishing the band’s scene-bending fusion of shoegaze, post-hardcore, and impressionist classical music. “It’s somewhere between My Bloody Valentine, Glassjaw, and Debussy, with a top note of angry teenage boy.” Their forthcoming release, ‘I Need a Reason to Stay,’ develops and complicates that premise: “so much of the music made for young people is very blunt and on-its-face. Our mission is to take the music that was foundational to us as both people and artists and evolve it into something sophisticated and inviting.” Semaphore’s unique sound luxuriates in the shifting tonalities, airy melodies, and lush orchestration of their greatest musical influences, incorporating songcraft and vocals in a decidedly un-shoegazey way. “It’s the music I would have wanted to listen to in high school.”
Upcoming Tour Dates
26 – Brooklyn, NY – Gold Sounds (Album Release Show)
08 – Staten Island, NY – Mother Pug’s Saloon
22 – Brooklyn, NY – Gold Sounds
02 – Brooklyn, NY – Windjammer
03 – Philadelphia, PA – Century
04 – Boston, MA – TBD
For more information on Semaphore, visit www.semaphoreband.com.