Photo by Jonathan Morgan.
New Artist of the Day – Semantics
                                                                      Photo by Jonathan Morgan.

Birmingham post-punk quartet Semantics have announced details of their self-titled EP, which is due for release in July.

Produced by Ryan Pinson, Semantics proudly wears its influences on its cuffed sleeve, blending the brooding bass of Interpol, the throbbing pulse of Editors and the glacial delivery of Joy Division. For those who still associate Birmingham with the bright colours of B-Town, Semantics will offer plenty of food for thought – be careful, though, their jagged rhythms might leave quite a lump in the throat.

Opening with the five-minute opus ‘Games’, it becomes clear from frontman Rob Lilley’s ice-cold caroling that he’s not offering a game of Kerplunk. Rather, it’s more Snakes and Ladders as riffs twist and turn, the song blending the taut spirit of Paul Banks’ henchmen with the deceptive simplicity of Hail to the Thief-era Radiohead.

‘Limits’ and ‘Ocean’ are both epic in scope and languid in pace, but thankfully the energy levels are upped when it comes to the EP’s final track, ‘My Detainer’. Revving up to a glorious crescendo of intricate riffery, recalling The Cure’s self-titled album, the four-piece allow a little bit of light to permeate through the gloom.

It may not be the happiest listen, but Semantics show you can have atmosphere and substance if you try hard enough.

You can stream ‘My Detainer’ below:

Semantics can be found on Facebook, Twitter and Soundcloud.

Sam Lambeth is a Birmingham-based writer, journalist and musician. You can read more of his work at his blog, and he is also releasing a record for Teenage Cancer Trust. You can donate here.


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