This week, New Brunswick based alt-emo heartthrobs, Semiotics premiered a mesmerizing video for “M. Connolly,” the leading single off of their debut EP, For How. While some of you might immediately pick up on the subtle Say Anything reference thrown into its title, (see Say Anything’s colossal Is A Real Boy hit, “Every Man Has a Molly.”) “M. Connolly” is an enticing track that ignites with a chorus that will literally keep you on your toes.
Starting off the video with a captivating visual to complement the opening lines, “When I dance in your as a soft shoe, do I bother you?” the lead protagonist first appears in a vacant studio while she rehearses her dance routine under dimly lit spotlights. As the video transitions back forth with quick cuts from the protagonist’s footsteps and close-up shots of all four Semiotics members preforming in a foggy basement — the song builds up from a waltzing tune, to a chaotically driven number that personifies the unpredictable nature of the band’s emotive stage presence.
In the midst of the chaos, members Nick Rapon and Seth Blissenbach add some humor into the mix as the protagonist instructs the duo on a dance lesson or two. Gracing the spotlight with colorful outfits, stick horses and roses their mouths, you’ll instantly fall in love with the comical chemistry that Rapon and Blissenbach share as they tango into each others arms.
For How consists of six songs that were recorded and produced at The Barber Shop Studios in Hopatcong, New Jersey with Brett “The Ratt” Romnes (I Am The Avalanche). Semiotics guitarist and vocalist, Nick Rapon discusses the inspiration behind the album’s title:
For How is named after my father who passed away during the writing process after battling cancer for ten years. Since he won’t be able to hear these songs and it bums me out so we named it for him.”
Semiotics will be throwing a spooky record release party for their EP, For How on Saturday Oct. 31 at the Naner Manor in New Brunswick alongside hardcore punk locals, Bird Hotel and New Zealand shoegazers, Shocking Pinks, who are starting the North American leg of their fall tour. Looking for some last minute Halloween plans? You can check out full details of the show here.
For How will be available digitally on ITunes, Spotify and Bandcamp on Oct. 27.
1. DIY DEATH MACHINE
2. Sorry, Bruh
3. Cheers Me Proper
4. M. Connolly
5. Violent In Your Sleep
6. I’ve Known You Since I Was A Kid