Into It. Over It's Evan Weiss Talks Being Fed Bullshit, Plus Five Warped Tour Recommendations
If you've seen No Room for Rock Stars, a recently-released documentary on the Warped Tour, it might be hard to imagine someone like Evan Weiss fitting in. Weiss, the mastermind behind Into It. Over It, isn't a tatted-up singer in a metalcore band who's missing his daughter back home. He isn't driving around to every date of the tour in hopes of playing someday. And he doesn't play fey acoustic tunes to giddy females holding up their smartphones.
Instead, Weiss plays music for those who care about music beyond what Hot Topic panders to. Performing as Into It. Over It, he draws influences from post-hardcore/emo legends like Sunny Day Real Estate and The Get Up Kids, yet eschews an attempt to capture teenage girls' hearts and babysitting money. He isn't the only one who's taken this route in the past few years.
"The part of the scene that I'm involved in was just a giant revival of people that wanted to make honest music again," Weiss says via phone, a few hours before soundcheck. "I think we were fans of that stuff already. I've been playing in bands since I was 15 years old and I've always been writing the same music. My old band, The Progress, sounded almost exactly like Into It. Over It, except you had two singers. Now it's just me. I think it was a lot of people getting tired of seeing bands that weren't authentic bands playing songs that really mattered to them. They were tired of being sold a product and just wanted to see a band get up there and be a band. You can only be fed bullshit for so long before you lose patience."
The 27-year-old Chicago native has been on tour nonstop for the past 11 months, promoting last year's Proper. This is his first Warped Tour, and he's looking forward to the three weeks, though it certainly helps that his last date is in Chicago. He had been to the show only once as a teenager, when he and some friends scored free tickets. He saw a good mix of bands, like Anti-Flag, Blink-182 and The Dillinger Escape Plan, yet when he worked as a vendor a few years later, he had a much different memory.
"Working Warped Tour and attending Warped Tour are two totally different things," he says. "Being a vendor is just brutal. You know, you're out in the sun all day long and you're dealing with kids who can be - not always - ignorant or entitled. It can be a long and draining process."
Weiss is pretty excited about the tour's lineup this year, mixing punk, metal, hip-hop, screamo, emo and synth-rock. Then there's the Acoustic Basement stage, a new addition this year, under a tent and away from the blaring music. "Predominantly, the people who come to see me play are 25-year-old bearded dudes with glasses who are going through the same problems I'm going through," Weiss says with a laugh.
Even though he plays electric guitar and bass on Proper, Weiss has always done solo acoustic tours. Earlier this year, he even went on a tour with fellow Acoustic Basement act Anthony Raneri from Bayside.
"I haven't done anything but be myself for the past two years of being a touring musician," he says. "I don't really know any other way to be. I couldn't fake it. I can only be me."
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