Entries tagged with: Evan Weiss
by Andrew Sacher
Pet Symmetry is the trio of Evan Weiss (Into It Over It, The Progress, Stay Ahead of the Weather and a million other projects), Erik Czaja (Dowsing, Kittyhawk) and Marcus Nuccio (ex-Dowsing). Following a few splits and EPs (including last year's split with Slingshot Dakota), they'll release their awesomely-titled first full length, Pets Hounds, on May 19 via Asian Man. They recently put out the album's first single, "Give Thanks (Get Lost)," and just premiered a second one, "Class Action Force (Useless Tools)," over at Stereogum. Both songs show off the band's ability to craft punk rock with legitimate hooks, as you can hear for yourself below.
In more related news, Evan Weiss's beloved former band The Progress, who reunited for a Philly show in December, have now uploaded their entire discography to bandcamp. Stream all of it HERE and listen to their only full length, 2005's excellent Merit, below. Fingers crossed for a reunion show in NYC too!
In related news, Dowsing is on tour with Free Throw now, and while that tour doesn't hit NYC, both bands play here separately.
All Dowsing and Free Throw dates, and those song streams, below...
by Andrew Sacher
Into It. Over It. at Bowery Ballroom in September (more by Mimi Hong)
Evan Weiss is just about everywhere in the emo world right now, whether it's in Into It. Over It., Their/They're/There (with Mike Kinsella), Pet Symmetry, Stay Ahead of the Weather, or any other active band we may be forgetting, or producing records for The Jazz June and You Blew It!, or running his record label. He bridges the gap between old school and new school as far as his tourmates go, and sometimes you'll find him somewhere totally un-emo like Lollapalooza.
One of his most beloved bands though, is one who only put out one full length and two EPs in the early-mid 2000s before breaking up, The Progress. Their sole LP, 2006's Merit, was keeping the indie rock-oriented mathy style of '90s emo alive way before it was trendy to do that. It's one of the true gems to have come out during emo's (for lack of better words) "hair metal phase." And now it looks like The Progress may be reuniting.
In November, Absolute Punk pointed to to a tweet from Evan that reads "oh yeah, that thing i confirmed is a show. for a band that hasn't played a show in 7 years" and hashtagged "US Camera." That was pretty convincing on its own, but now Evan has posted a show announcement confirming a show for December 30 at Boot & Saddle in Philly with the caption "take the hint" and a show flyer that looks suspiciously similar to the Merit artwork. Hint taken. The only technically announced bands for that bill are Sleep In and Dryjacket. Tickets are on sale now. If it is in fact a Progress show, let's hope it's not the only one!
Meanwhile, Evan has given us a list of his favorite LPs and EPs of 2014. It's a cool, diverse list ranging from ambient pop to powerviolence, and you can check it out for yourself below.
Into It. Over It. also has an upcoming solo tour with Kevin Devine and Laura Stevenson (doesn't hit NYC), and he recently put out the video for "Spinning Thread" (dir. Max Moore) from last year's Intersections LP. Watch that, with his year-end list, some Progress song streams and the Philly show flyer, below...
by Andrew Sacher
Pet Symmetry is one of the many bands of Evan Weiss (also of Into It. Over It., Their/They're/There, Stay Ahead of the Weather, ex-The Progress and more), and also features Erik Czaja (Dowsing, Kittyhawk) and Marcus Nuccio. As discussed, they're releasing a split with Slingshot Dakota as part of the Soft Speak Records split 7" series on November 25, and their contribution, "Potted Plant Meets Vintage Amp: A Katherine Grube Love Story," premieres in this post. You can clearly tell Evan's fingerprints are on this, but Erik writes the songs and then the band collaborates. Evan calls it the most equal contribution of any band he's ever played in. The new track is more of a straightforward power pop tune and less mathy than Evan's projects end to be, and Erik's Kittyhawk bandmate Kate Grube contributes guest vocals too. Check it out below.
Slingshot Dakota's contribution to the split is a cover of "Rise" by the reunited Rainer Maria. You can pre-order it here. 100% of proceeds go to Hopeline, who focus on suicide prevention, awareness and education.
Song stream below...
Lemuria at Riot Fest Chicago 2014 (more by James Richards IV)
Into It. Over It. and Lemuria have announced that they'll be going on a tour together in November and December, all dates of which are listed below. The tour doesn't hit NYC but both IIOI and Lemuria will be in the NYC-area this weekend separately to open for two different emo legends. Into It. Over It. are opening night 2 of American Football's 3-night run at Webster Hall this Saturday (10/11) (sold out). That same night, Lemuria will be in Asbury Park for the BrooklynVegan-presented Lifetime show at The Stone Pony which also includes Mouthpiece and Spraynard (also sold out).
Lemuria will return later in the year on their run with a band from Austin called Prince (not to be confused with, you know, Prince), hitting Brooklyn Night Bazaar on December 20 for a free show with more bands TBA. Their full tour schedule is below.
In related news, main IIOI member Evan Weiss, who's producing the new Jazz June album (due 11/11 via Topshelf), is now also reissuing their classic 2000 album, The Medicine, on his Storm Chaser label. It's coming out on October 28 as a split release with Topshelf for its first time ever on vinyl. You can pre-order it via Topshelf and Storm Chaser.
The Jazz June's only live dates at the moment are a TBA FFF Nites show in Austin and the official 2014 BrooklynVegan CMJ showcase happening October 25 at Baby's All Right with Pity Sex, Beach Slang, Cayetana and Sport. Tickets for that show are on sale now.
List of Lemuria dates below...
by Andrew Sacher
photo by Emily Burtner
Soft Speak Records are launching a new split 7" series which will include one release a month until the end of the year, with the proceeds from each going to a charity of the bands' choice. The first in the series is Radiator Hospital and Sorority Noise (due 9/30), then Frameworks and The Saddest Landscape (due 10/7), Pet Symmetry (aka Evan Weiss and members of Dowsing) and Slingshot Dakota (due 11/25), and finally Free Throw and OSO OSO (due 12/23). There will also be a boxset (limited to 100) of all four 7"s on Coke-bottle clear vinyl which you can pre-order now.
The first one features two covers, with Radiator Hospital taking on Gerry Goffin and Carole King's "Will You Still Love Me Tomorrow" (made famous by The Shirelles) and Sorority Noise doing Buddy Holly's "Every Day." The former makes its premiere in this post. Radiator Hospital singer Sam Cook-Parrott recorded this one solo with an acoustic guitar, and he makes the classic song sound naturally like his own. Check it out below. The proceeds from this one will benefit V-Day, "a global movement to end violence against women and girls."
Radiator Hospital, whose excellent new album Torch Song is out now, also has several tour dates coming up. Those dates include a run with Swearin' singer Allison Crutchfield, who will be playing songs from her new solo EP, Lean Into It, and Sam and Allison will also be playing some songs together. Most dates on the RH/AC tour will be Sam solo, but the Brooklyn show happening on October 19 at Silent Barn is full band. That show also includes two quality LA duos, Slutever and Girlpool, and the live debut of Libbie 2000. $7 gets you in. All tour dates are listed below.
In related news, Radiator Hospital bassist Jon Rybicki just released an album with the band he leads, Attendant. It's called Freaking Out and features all of Radiator Hospital, as well as Jen Twigg of The Ambulars (singing and playing bass on most songs), Allison Crutchfield of Swearin', Ashley Arnwine of Pinkwash and Bleeding Rainbow, and more. Swearin's Kyle Gilbride recorded it and also contributed some guitar and backup vocals. You can download the album (name your price) at bandcamp and stream it below.
by Andrew Sacher
Earlier this year, emo veterans The Jazz June put out their first new song in 12 years on a split with Dikembe, and mentioned that a full length produced by Into It. Over It.'s Evan Weiss was to follow. That album has now officially been announced. It's called After The Earthquake, and it will be out on November 11 via Topshelf (the same label that released Braid's comeback LP this year). It follows 2002's Better Off Without Air. That's the album artwork above and you can check out the tracklist, which includes "Over Underground" from the Dikembe split, below. (Their latest dates also say they play Fun Fun Fun Fest. A new addition to the Austin fest? We're not 100% sure yet, but stay tuned for confirmation on that.)
Into It. Over It. will be involved with other emo veterans this year too. His tour schedule includes opening the 10/11 date of American Football's three night run In NYC, and opening most of the Mineral tour.
Speaking of, Mineral singer Chris Simpson (also of The Gloria Record), is releasing a new album with his Zookeeper project this year, Pink Chalk, which is due out on October 14 via Count Your Lucky Stars (the label run by Empire! Empire!, whose new LP features a guest appearance from Chris). Chris stopped making music you can accurately call "emo" a while ago, and this new song is more along the lines of singer/songwriter indie. Good stuff no matter what genre name you give it, as you can hear (via Stereogum) below.
by Andrew Sacher
Louisville post-hardcore rippers Xerxes are set to release the followup to their 2012 debut LP, Our Home Is A Deathbed, with a new album titled Collision Blonde on October 21 via No Sleep. We've got the premiere of its brand new single, "Exit 123," which is a terrific track that fans of this kinda stuff should dig. Here's what vocalist Calvin Philley had to say about it:
I cooked at a restaurant in southern Indiana about 50 hours a week for about a year leading up to the recording of collision blonde. I got fired during the recording process but that's a different story. Exit 123 is the first exit after you cross the bridge over the ohio river from Louisville to New Albany on I-64 west and the route I took to work. I have severe anxiety about driving and it only gets worse as things pile up in my life with girls, money, work and anything else. Once I just panic attacked all the way to work, thought I was dying and all that. I fantisized about running through the guardrail in my shitty Chevy SUV. That's it. I got myself fired in April and haven't been back to Indiana since.The album was produced by emo renaissance man Evan Weiss. Listen to the new song below.
Xerxes are also on board for this year's No Sleep CMJ showcase which is also their record release show and which BrooklynVegan is proudly co-presenting. We already mentioned the showcase doubles as a tour stop for Aviator, Rescuer and The Felix Culpa; and it also includes Taking Back Sunday's John Nolan, '68, Fake Problems' Chris Farren, Run Forever, In Between, Foreign Tongues and Maps For Travelers. The show happens October 21 at The Paper Box (17 Meadow St in Brooklyn), it's FREE to the public (no badges required) and starts at 6 PM. 18+.
BV has TBA CMJ showcases too so stay tuned for that. Stream the new Xerxes track below...
by Andrew Sacher
You Blew It!'s new record, Keep Doing What You're Doing, which came out this week via Topshelf, is one of the more buzzed about emo records since all this talk of "emo revival" exploded onto the internet, and for good reason. Their last LP, 2012's Grow Up, Dude, was pretty in line with all the "twinkly" emo that made up most of this "revival," but KDWYD feels reactionary to that, packing a more aggressive, "rock" style punch. The band, and their producer Evan Weiss (of Into It. Over It., Their/They're/There and many others), shed some light on that in a new studio interview video that makes its premiere in this post. The band talk about their more straightforward rock influences (Foo Fighters, Jimmy Eat World), and the whole thing is pretty revelatory if you've been itching to know more about this record. There's some clips of them recording in there too. Check it out below.
You Blew It! bring their tour with Prawn and Crying to NYC on February 8 at Shea Stadium with Living Room.
Evan Weiss also brings his Into It. Over It. tour with The World Is A Beautiful Place and A Great Big Pile of Leaves to NYC on February 21 at Bowery Ballroom with LVL UP. Tickets for that show are still available.
Video and a stream of Keep Doing What You're Doing below...
by Andrew Sacher
When I was recently discussing emo bands, I only mentioned North American bands, but there of course emo bands in other countries, like the UK. Granted, most British emo bands sound like American bands, but there have been some great ones, like Plaids, Crash of Rhinos, and the most recent one to grace my ears, guitar/drum duo Nai Harvest. These guys released a solid album earlier this year, Whatever, which does the mathy, shouty, Midwest thing pretty well, and they've now teamed up with the trusty Topshelf Records (and Dog Knights) to release their new EP, Hold Open My Head, on March 3. They released the title track this week, which calms down the post-hardcore tendencies of Whatever and veers more towards emo's indie rock side. You can stream that track, along with a full stream of Whatever, below. The band's only dates at the moment are a European tour with Gnarwolves, and those dates are listed below too.
In other Topshelf news, Florida's You Blew It! recently announced that they'll release their sophomore LP, Keep Doing What You're Doing, for the label on January 14. The first single from that album, "Award Of The Year Award," is also indebted to the mathy, shouty Midwest sound and you can stream that below. The record was produced by Evan Weiss (Into It. Over It., Their/They're/There, etc). As discussed, You Blew It! are going on a tour with The Front Bottoms, which doesn't hit NYC but does hit Long Island on January 30 at 89 North (tickets). The Front Bottoms also play two sold-out NYC shows, including a BV holiday show. All You Blew It! dates are listed below.
Speaking of Evan Weiss and Topshelf, we just mentioned that Topshelf bands The World Is A Beautiful Place & I Am No Longer Afraid to Die and A Great Big Pile of Leaves were added to the Into It. Over It. tour. Their/They're/There tours with Birthmark even sooner.
Nai Harvest and You Blew It! streams, along with the lists of dates, below...
by Andrew Sacher
The World Is A Beautiful Place & I Am No Longer Afraid To Die
As mentioned, Evan Weiss is taking his Into It. Over It. project on tour this winter, and it may have just officially become the best emo tour of 2014 with new additions The World Is A Beautiful Place & I Am No Longer Afraid To Die and A Great Big Pile of Leaves (it may also be the wordiest). As mentioned, that tour hits NYC on February 21 at Bowery Ballroom. Tickets for that show are still available. All dates are listed, along with the updated tour flyer, below.
Into It. Over It., AGBPOL, and TWIABP all released albums this year, and if you've yet to hear them, all three are streaming below. Into It. Over It.'s has kind of an Owen-meets-Death Cab thing going on, AGBPOL's is Minus the Bear-style chill-rock, and TWIABP's applies the grandiosity and communal vibes of mid-'00s indie rock collectives (BSS, New Pornographers, I'm From Barcelona, etc) and applies it to a kind of emo that has Kinsella-style complexity as much as it has Your Favorite Weapon-style youthfulness.
All streams, along with the list of tour dates and flyer, below...
Evan with Their/They're/There in Chicago in July (more by Kirstie Shanley)
Into It. Over It. is the current project of long-running emo/indie rock musician Evan Weiss (The Progress, Stay Ahead of the Weather, Up Up Down Down Left Right Left Right B A Start, Damiera, etc), and he's just announced a two-ish month long US tour to go down in winter 2014. That tour hits NYC on February 21 at Bowery Ballroom. Tickets for the NYC show go on sale Thursday (11/14) at noon. All dates, including stops in Asbury Park and New Haven, are listed below.
Evan is also currently in Their/They're/There with Mike Kinsella (Owen, Cap'n Jazz, American Football, etc) and Matthew Frank (Loose Lips Sink Ships), and as discussed, they'll be on a US tour even sooner, which hits NYC on December 19 at Knitting Factory. Opening that show and a few others are Birthmark (Mike's cousin Nate Kinsella) and Mansions. Tickets are still available.
T/T/T just released another new song, "Curtain Call," from their upcoming Analog Weekend EP (due out 12/10 via Polyvinyl/Topshelf), which you can stream below.
Into It. Over It.'s new album, Intersections is out now via Triple Crown. You can watch the video for "No Amount of Sound" along with a stream of another album track, the new T/T/T song, and the list of all tour dates, below...
by Andrew Sacher
Their/They're/There in Chicago in July (more by Lindsey Best)
Their/They're/There is the newest project by a couple guys who already have a laundry list of projects: Mike Kinsella (previously of Cap'n Jazz, American Football, Owls, Joan of Arc, etc, and currently Owen) and Evan Weiss (previously of The Progress, Stay Ahead of the Weather, Up Up Down Down Left Right Left Right B A Start, Damiera, etc, and currently Into It. Over It.). They've also tapped guitarist Matthew Frank (Loose Lips Sink Ships) to complete the lineup. If you're familiar with those other projects, you're probably already sold on T/T/T and know exactly what you're getting yourself into: technical patterns, but highly melodic, and the kind of super-specific lyrics that gets these guys tagged with "emo."
Earlier this year, T/T/T released their self-titled debut EP via Polyvinyl (the longtime label of most-things Kinsella), and a followup EP, Analog Weekend, will be out on December 10 via the label, and also co-released by Topshelf. You can stream the self-titled EP in its entirety, along with "New Blood" from the new EP, below. The album artwork and tracklist for the new EP are below too.
Their/They're/There will be heading out on a short tour with Mike's cousin Nate Kinsella aka Birthmark, and Louisville duo Mansions. The tour hits NYC on December 19 at Knitting Factory. Tickets for that show are on sale now.
All dates are listed, along with song streams and more, below...