Local emo singer-songwriter Evan Thomas Weiss has been recording and releasing music as Into It. Over It. for a little more than six years; for much of that time he’s been touring the country and select international locations with just a guitar and a growing catalog of earnest, enlivened tunes. About a year ago he started touring with a full band, allowing him to re-create the scuffed-up rawness of the loudest Into It. Over It. recordings in a way he couldn’t do as a solo performer. With a full band behind him, Weiss spent the fall supporting his second proper Into It. Over It. album, the beautiful and moving Intersections, which is one of my favorite albums of the year.
Weiss and his bandmates wrapped up the first tour behind Intersections at Schubas back in October, and the hometown record-release show provided a great opportunity to capture Into It. Over It. for our Soundcheck series. Before the show I sat down with Weiss to talk about the process of writing and recording the new album, the connection between the songs on Intersections and older Into It. Over It. songs, and the pressure of performing in Chicago. Check out the interview below and a clip of the group performing “Spinning Thread,” which is after the jump.
Thanks to the folks at Schubas—including sound guy Joey King—for allowing us to film the performance. If you like the video be sure to grab a ticket for Into It. Over It.’s headlining show at Bottom Lounge on March 1; fourth-wave emo acts The World Is a Beautiful Place & I Am No Longer Afraid to Die and A Great Big Pile of Leaves open.