This image released by Fire Talk shows “Auto-Pain” by Deeper.


Deeper, “Auto-Pain” (Fire Talk)

Chicago-based Deeper fires on all cylinders on its sophomore album “Auto-Pain,” delivering an energetic post-punk experience that excels by all measures.

There’s a deftly controlled pace that impresses throughout the album, a standout 12-track release that borrows its ethos from Aldous Huxley’s “Brave New World.”

The band seeks clarity here, in opposition to Huxley’s fictitious “soma” pill which numbs the senses. Deeper wants you to feel alive again and injects the right amount of energy to make that happen.