Into It. Over It. have announced their third album, Standards. It was produced by John Vanderslice (Spoon, St. Vincent) and was recorded in a cabin with no phone or internet. Check out a snippet of a feature with Evan Weiss on the new record via Spin below.
“'He doesn’t know anything about the E-word… which is great.'
The E-word — yes, “emo” — may well be the “it” in Evan Weiss’ musical namesake, Into It. Over It., a moniker that sums up the tightrope he walks as a major figure (maybe the major figure) of the genre’s scene as far as the 2010s are concerned. And the “he” to which Weiss is referring is John Vanderslice — producer of IIOI’s upcoming third album, Standards — who’s best known for his own indie-rock efforts, as well as collaborating with luminaries as disparate as the Mountain Goats, Spoon, and St. Vincent. None of those acts have ever been cursed with the “emo” tag, while virtually every one of Weiss’ musical accomplices has. He did a split with Braid’s Bob Nanna; plays with American Football and Owls’ Mike Kinsella in Their / They’re / There; produced a reunion album for cult Pennsylvania stalwarts the Jazz June; and, most recently, opened for the Get Up Kids on their 20th anniversary tour this past fall.
You could say that Weiss owes everything to the E-word, which he discovered in seventh grade via Sunny Day Real Estate. (Full disclosure: He also introduced this writer to SDRE in ninth grade via a mixtape — the two of us graduated from Cherry Hill High School East in 2003.) His earnest songs fit the profile of the oft-disputed designation, from the score-settling angst of 2011’sProper (“Your lack of confidence is not a right to verbally abuse / I should’ve said this to your face but what’s the use?”) to the strained syntax of a title like “The Shaking of Leaves,” from 2013’s Intersections. He writes about platonic relationships with the decorative intensity of less platonic ones.
But no one wants to be pigeonholed, and that’s why the 31-year-old singer-songwriter is telling me in a Collingswood, New Jersey café that he “got really excited” when Vanderslice compared Weiss’ new recordings to those of prog-rock titans Yes. That’s his reward for abandoning digital recording for the first time in his already-prolific career.”