PropertyOfZack Review : : Into It. Over It.
When it comes to Evan Weiss, no one can accuse the Chicago musician of being single-minded. A veteran of the alternative and indie music scenes at a young age, Weiss has amassed a portfolio unmatched by many of his contemporaries. Yet, it is with Into It. Over It. that Weiss will find (and has found) great success. After several ambitious acoustic projects, such as the fifty-two week venture where Weiss wrote and recorded a song per week for a full year and his Twelve Towns undertaking where Weiss wrote a song for twelve different towns, Into It. Over It. have finally released their formal debut record, Proper. This time, however, Weiss brought along a full band.
Lyrically, Proper ranges from cut-throat personal attacks to introspective reasoning. If, for nothing else, Evan Weiss is a passionate writer whose stories and validations of life’s hurdles could certainly stand on their own. On “Discretion & Depressing People” Weiss takes his pen and slices a would-be advisory to pieces as he sings, “But I heard you had something to say to me // A stronger spine is all you need // So pick up the guts from the floor // Experienced advise to help you with the choice of words so poor.” In many ways, Weiss’s lyrical style can be equated to the early writings of Brand New frontman, Jesse Lacey. Weiss also questions the rigidity of the common nine-to-five on “No Good Before Noon” as he queries, “So I ask myself why you decide to waste your time // On a storefront’s phone when you have stayed at home // Sleeping instead.” Yet, it is on songs such as “Where Your Nights Often End” when Weiss is at his finest. “My night’s will never end // In a cadence of plans which // Never could pretend or begin to act out inside here,” Weiss resonates, “On the bar stools and discount beer // Within the chorus lines of hand-picked songs // That say that I just don’t belong.” Weiss’s honest lyrics speak for a generation of twenty-somethings that feel forgotten by the society surrounding them; it is certainly refreshing.
WORD UP! Proper is a killer record and Evan is one of the sweetest guys ever. Proper is a must listen. Everyone spread the word!