On The Homesick’s latest album The Big Exercise, Jaap van der Velde, Erik Woudwijk and Elias Elgersma have imbued their angular post-punk workouts with baroque elements such as piano, acoustic guitar, percussion, and even clarinet. Still, van der Velde considers The Homesick to be a pop band first and foremost and the trio has every intention of explore all the possibilities of the genre – and does so majestically. “If there is one overriding emotion I associate with listening to The Big Exercise, it is happiness. How nice, how life affirming it is to hear young people making beautiful pop music, taking what has gone before and remoulding it into a form packed with future energies.” (The Quietus)
All graduates of Chicago’s rich DIY scene, Deeper members: singer and guitarist Nic Gohl, guitarist Mike Clawson, bassist Drew McBride, and drummer Shiraz Bhatti came together around their love of Wire, Devo, Gang of Four, and Television. Their debut was right within the Great Lakes post-punk tradition.
When it came time for Deeper to start work on their second album, hammering out the same sounds didn’t feel like enough. They wanted to find a way to alchemise the pressures, anxieties, and stresses they felt in their lives into their music. “Auto-Pain is the healing,” McBride says. It’s an album built on conflict and confusion, one that resolves into a kind of exhausted rebirth.