Deeper – Auto-Pain (album review)

by Woody on March 28, 2020

Credit: Jacob Pesci

About a year or so ago, I took my wife to see Rolling Blackouts Coastal Fever and Deeper at Lincoln Hall. Didn’t know how much she would like Deeper but a few songs in, she leaned over and said they sound like a punk band covering The Cure, or I guess The Cure covering some punk songs.

Following up their 2018 s/t debut, this album feels leaner and more to the point. The jagged guitar licks and Nic Gohl’s vocals cut right to bone and creates a tension that I am unable shake throughout. Bassist Drew McBride, and drummer Shiraz Bhatti are on point throughout. While they don’t sound anything like The National, the rhythm section reminds me of how it takes me couple of listens of their albums to fully digest what they’re doing and really appreciate it.

Inspired by Aldous Huxley’s dystopian classic Brave New World, the timing of this album feels like it was preordained for these crazy times with Chicago’s weather particularly gray and dreary. As the listener I am on edge throughout and sucked into their sphere.

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