Keeping up with our premiere week, we got the awesome guys of Semaphore who are back with the release of their new single and visuals for “Unreliable,” the first single from Semaphore’s new album Leave With the Season EP. It follows their 2017 album All Too Robot. It was self-recorded by the band and mastering was completed by Alan Douches at West West Side Music (Converge, Chelsea Wolfe, Animal Collective). The band has a EP release show on Wednesday, February 27 at Saint Vitus in Brooklyn, NY (tickets).
About the song, the band comments:
“Unreliable deals with the central themes of our upcoming album: lack of trust in ourselves, our friends and the city we live in. If all these things work harmoniously, they could bring us happiness, and yet they are so often the things that fail us and leave us dejected. Central to the video is the old tale of how the prevalence of technology should make us feel closer to one another but instead amplifies loneliness.”
“For filming, our DIY approach worked well, and the slow-mo scenes of breaking the phones and burning the subway cards all took place at my apartment!”
Between jazz saxophone transcriptions and chemical engineering problem sets, Siddhu Anandalingam decided that the only way he had time to explore his musical interests would be to combine his varied musical tastes – thus Semaphore was born. Drawing from the musicality and social commentary of artists like Pink Floyd, Tycho, The Dillinger Escape Plan, Smashing Pumpkins, M83, and Tigran Hamasyan, Semaphore’s music is intricate, lush, and hard to pin down to any one genre. Check it out and you will hear a combination of all the best parts of 90s grunge with floaty shoe-gaze vocals, delayed guitar effects, glued together with subtle jazz chord voicings and great production.
After graduating from Columbia University in 2015 with a minor in music, Siddhu moved back home to the suburbs of DC, where he spent the year focusing on writing music, and getting involved in the DC music scene. Upon returning to Brooklyn in mid-2016, Siddhu quickly found the correct musicians for the task of bringing Semaphore’s music to life. At a 2016 Dillinger Escape Plan show, Siddhu recognized Emmett Ceglia while Emmett was crowdsurfing, and remembered him as a friend of a friend who was a fantastic drummer. After connecting with Emmett, he recommended Jay Kohler as a virtuosic math-core guitarist/composer who brought sensitivity and musicality to all projects he was associated with. A couple of months later, Siddhu and Jay met Niko Hasapopoulos while waiting in line to hear Ben Weinman (from Dillinger) give a talk about the music industry. While Niko was just a college student at the time, his excitement and energy was infectious, and he soon signed on as Semaphore’s permanent bassist.
Sometimes sweet, sometimes bombastic, but always entertaining, Semaphore excels at creating an enveloping experience, whether live or through headphones!