Deeper

Photo by Brendan Carroll

Chicago’s Deeper are back with a 7″ release and an upcoming tour with Dehd. The single follows up 2018’s excellent s/t effort. This tune rips and has me looking forward to their sophomore effort. In the meantime, go see them live. You won’t be disappointed. Here’s some more info from the PR team.

Even the tightest relationships are susceptible to unexpected change. “Run” examines what happens when we’re forced to confront the reality of these relationships and find the courage to walk away for the better. It’s not easy to abandon that image of who we thought we were, but it’s the leap into the unknown that’s the first step to self-actualizing. At first the song wrestles with identity amidst uncertainty, but as it progresses, a confidence emerges that has become the driving force for where Deeper is headed.

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Deeper – s/t (album review)

by Woody on June 11, 2018

Last Tuesday, I was wandering around the kitchen as the Cubs game was on. I was half-paying attention as they came out of commercial with a guitar hook I recognized. That guitar hook felt out of place; belonging to Chicago’s quarter, Deeper.

To say it was weird to hear Len and JD break them down was an understatement; although I did like JD saying that they had a bit of a Talking Heads vibe to them. The band has been crafting their sound for the last three years and the end result is a feverish brand of post-punk. Singer and guitarist Nic Gohl guitarist Mike Clawson play riffs that bear the hallmarks of unnerving post-punk, but mixed is an chill and easy-going vibe.

In addition to Clawson and Gohl, drummer Shiraz Bhatti and bassist Drew McBride are in the mix as well. My favorite thing about this band is that the five elements (including vocals) seem to be all be operating in a vacuum, only coming together in short stints within tunes. They build up this tension in a way that is reminiscent of Parquet Courts only to let it release in a sweet jangly riff.

After three tracks of nerve-bending tunes, the track below (Pavement) comes on. It is almost a respite it it is the most linear of the tracks. Soon enough, they’re back at it; challenging you and pushing your buttons. The more you listen, the more you appreciate what they’re doing – again kinda like Parquet Courts.

These guys rock and based on this gem, they got a bright future.

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Deeper announces s/t debut for 5/25 release

by Woody on March 27, 2018

Photo by Alexa Viscius

Always fun for me to post about a Chicago band announcing their debut LP. Deeper is Nic Gohl (singer and guitarist), Mike Clawson (guitarist), Shiraz Bhatti (drummer) and Drew McBride (bassist). Their debut will see the light of day on 5/25 via the fine folks at Fire Talk Records. The tune straddles the line between post-punk and indie rock. Whatever you call it, the song’s subject is close to my heart as the band explains below.

Take opening track “Pink Showers” which was conceived through the gridlock of Chicago traffic and the “pursuit” to make a monotonous life meaningful. “I can try, don’t you see that I’m no waste” rings out over chiming guitars and a steady rhythmic pulse. There’s something burning in us, driving our choices, begging for an answer. It’s observational, poetic and influenced by nuance.

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