In a sentence:
The accomplished ‘Auto-Pain’ sees Chicago post-punk outfit Deeper discover the ability to express themselves with an even greater range of emotions and sounds.
Moving away from their wall-of-guitar approach on their first, self-titled album release,
Chicago-based three piece Deeper have widened their musical scope to
allow a bit of space into their music. Bass-driven grooves embellished with
short guitar runs and ambient tones adorn the new Auto-Pain, an album
seemingly intent on exploring the parameters of self-deprecation. Guitarist and
singer Nic Gohl’s desperate, sometimes manic delivery punctuates each track
with a sense of yearning, though this album is by no means just a collection of
nihilistic punk tunes.
Cheery and, in places, uplifting harmonic progressions are
driven into the groove by the bass and guitar work on tracks like ‘Willing’ and ‘Spray Paint’, and the
airy yet cutting tones of the guitar hold the listener’s hand through a sonic
landscape that brings to mind pastel colours and express a feeling of floating.
Yet, where there is light there must be dark, and Deeper make sure to cover all
bases. The harsher, more brooding songs on Auto-Pain, such as ‘Helena’s Flowers’ and ‘Warm’, convey a little more
angst and scepticism, thanks to the intense establishment of the minor chord
progression and saturated vocal stabs delivered with a sense of fury and
The theme of Auto-Pain is clear; an observation of
the psychological knots a person can find themselves trapped in, and the
self-doubt a person may feel about their role in their current mental or
physical state. With sonic themes of isolation and distance, the space created
on this album is certainly a step forward in Deeper’s ability to express
themselves artistically and emotionally, and it proves that they know how to
choose the right sounds to do so. (7/10) (Jacob Kendrew)
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Tags: Auto-Pain, Deeper, Drew McBride, Fire Talk, Jacob Kendrew, Mike Clawson, Shiraz Bhatti
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