“The Chicago quartet’s debut is well-oiled and worn-in indie rock, played with the precision and confidence typically expected from a band much further along in its career.” – Pitchfork
Deeper’s Origins date back to 2014 when prior to releasing any material an abrupt line-up change left the Chicago based band looking for a new direction. Singer and guitarist Nic Gohl along with childhood friend, guitarist Mike Clawson and drummer Shiraz Bhatti threw out all of their old songs and brought on bassist Drew McBride to round out the lineup. The subsequent demos leaned on intricate guitar interplay, direct “of the times” vocals and a spirit that speaks to the band’s collective place in this pit of endless internet.
Deeper honed their sound over the course of 2015 & 16’ in basements, lofts, and anywhere that would have them. Touring the demos and landing at a fully realized inflection point. Call it Post-Punk, call it Indie Rock, it’s a record that steps in and out of boxes filtered through an unmistakable midwestern lens.
As social norms and political ideologies distort, writing and creating art was the only way to control the growing voice in the band’s collective head. The conceptualizing of the album started and stopped over that two year time warp culminating in a few feverish tracking sessions in late 2017. What was left is a stark shimmering portrait of a modern American experience.
London group, Malady have been gigging around the capital and teaming up with friends for shows over the last 6 months. The four piece have now released a live video for their track ‘Famous Last Words’ to give people something to sing along to.
It’s early days for Malady, a group who openly express that they’re still honing their craft as they go. With this in mind, the band have taken a step forwards with a relatively non committal release which serves a something for future fans to go back to when they return from a show.
Despite the video’s setting within a church, ‘Famous Last Words’ gives an insight into the bands negative feeling towards childhood church life and religion. Malady elaborate on that “Obviously, being alive is a fairly anxiety inducing thing in itself so I can see the need for religion to explain and provide a security blanket for some but…not my cup of tea, thanks”. They do however state that the Father who allowed them access to the church was a “lovely guy”, mind.