Semaphore is proud to announce the forthcoming release of their new album I Need A Reason To Stay, out March 24th. Led by Bangalore-born singer and guitarist Siddhu Anandalingam and joined by 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. Anandalingam grew up in Bangalore, India before his family relocated to the Washington, DC area early into his childhood. He then moved to New York City for college and started Semaphore while at university.
With the announcement of the new album, Semaphore is also sharing the lead single “Smother” along with its accompanying music video. “‘Smother’ is a song about trying to fight against anxiety and uncertainty,” shares Anandalingam. “To me, part of the human experience is the fact that so many people never quite figure out their purpose. It’s tough to trust in a future that you feel is accelerating toward the void. It’s hard to be too sure of anything, especially when the forces of technology keep you in this suspended state of angst and complacency. Musically, this song was inspired by Foo Fighters and Balance and Composure, but while drawing from some overt shoegaze harmonic influences that I never heard them touch upon. Most of my experimentation when writing is dictated by the tuning that I choose. After coming up with the chorus in a more standard ‘Drop D’, I changed some of the higher strings to ring out sympathetically, much like a sitar.”