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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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Deeper announce Auto-Pain for 3/27 release

by Woody on January 27, 2020

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Deeper are set to follow up on 2018’s excellent s/t debut with Auto-Pain. Auto-Pain will see the light of day via Fire Talk Records on 3/27. Get excited for this one. Here’s what the band had to say about the first single.

“In the dead of Chicago winter, there’s a particular withdrawal from sun exposure that presents a deep contrast to the color and excitement of the city in the summer. In This Heat we explore this lack of sun and the seasonal depression that sometimes accompanies it. It’s a metaphor for how we cope with particular low points and how euphoric it can feel when the feeling passes–even if momentarily. The song relates to the album as a whole because while the record is about depression, it’s also about finding a way to get better. We wanted to bottle up the hope we feel on the first day over 40 degrees”

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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

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 […]

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