Deeper’s sophomore record Auto-Pain sees the band further exploring their navigation of classic post-punk with sharp-edged guitar work to create a tangible recording of both dissonance and exhilaration. Auto-Pain represents the constant wave of depression felt by many in everyday life. Stemmed from Aldous Huxley’s ‘Brave New World’, Auto-Pain is a concept meant to be an inverse to soma, a pill in the book which makes everything numb. The idea of auto-pain is to epitomize the desire to return to a connection with thoughts and clarity, which comes at the expense of feeling everything simultaneously. The album artwork features the now-demolished Prentice Women’s Hospital in Chicago and the album title appears in Urdu, a nod to drummer Shiraz Bhatti’s Pakistani heritage. The record was recorded and mixed by Chicago scene luminary Dave Vetraino (Makaya McCraven, Dehd) and mastered at Chicago Mastering by Greg Obis (Ne-Hi, Melkbelly).
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