Chicago's Deeper first formed in 2014 and would go on to explore the caverns of dream pop's vast reserves, but toward the end of 2015, they began shifting towards a more post-punk aesthetic, finding inspiration in the forceful interplay between guitars. Built around the combined dynamism of singer-guitarist Nic Gohl, guitarist Mike Clawson, drummer Shiraz Bhatti and bassist Drew McBride, the band revels in these serrated sounds, discovering that there is still more to unearth within these aged rhythms and ragged tonalities.
The band will release their self-titled debut record on May 25 via Fire Talk Records. Having shared the stage with artists like Omni, Protomartyr and Chris Cohen, the band has copious amounts of experience which they'll be pouring into the tracks of their forthcoming album.
On their new single, "Pink Showers," the band channels the spirits of bands like Talking Heads and Wire, filling the track with angular pop shapes and craggy post-punk aggression. The song exists outside the passage of time -- it could have been released in the late '70s, such is its elastic authenticity. The guitars bend and seem to be on the verge of breaking before drawing back under the guidance Gohl's fierce yelp. If you got too close, there's every chance you'd get cut on its edges. But the song is also inclusive, doling out a bit of hope in a dark, dark world, as evidenced by lyrics like "I can try, don’t you see that I’m no waste." It rings with an honest observational tone as it looks for meaning in a seemingly monotonous life.
Check out the track and the band's upcoming tour dates below.
5.18 - Chicago, IL @ Empty Bottle
5.19 - Indianapolis, IN @ State Street Pub
5.20 - Nashville, TN @ FOND Object
5.22 - Chapel Hill, NC @ Local 506
5.24 - Washington, DC @ Comet Ping Pong
5.25 - Brooklyn, NY @ Union Pool
5.28 - Philadelphia, PA @ Everybody Hits
5.31 - Montreal, QC @ Brasserie Beaubien
6.01 - Toronto, ON @ Smiling Buddha
6.03 - Chicago, IL @ Do Division Festival