The Thekla Archives: 2016

Into It. Over It. & The Hotelier, DHP Presents: Into It. Over It. & The Hotelier

  • Sunday 8th May 2016
  • Supported by: Rozwell Kid
The Hotelier
On September 27th, 2007 (a Thursday), New Jersey native/Chicago inhabitant Evan Thomas Weiss turned twenty-three. He noticed that his last few years had gone by rather quickly. To combat (or encourage..?) this movement in his life, he wrote and recorded one song every week of his twenty-fourth year–exactly fifty-two songs.
Releasing them under the moniker Into It. Over It., the 52 Weeks project was followed in 2010 by a series of six split EPs which consisted of 12 songs Evan had written about 12 U.S. towns. 2011 saw the release of Proper, Into It. Over It.'s debut studio album. By this time, Into It. Over It. was already touring extensively as a solo acoustic act through Evan's sizeable network of musician friends (both within the US and internationally), linking him with artists from various indie, punk and emo scenes. After the release of Proper, Evan assembled a full band lineup to finally flesh out Into It. Over It.'s live performances.
The sophomore album Intersections followed after another two long years of touring, marking a refocus of Into It. Over It.'s sound from pop punk-oriented songs to a more instrumentally broad, indie-centric approach. With a new live lineup to match the sonic shift, Into It. Over It. went out on the road again and appeared not only on long headlining tours, but also large festivals such as Lollapalooza and Riot Fest.
Between the never-ending string of full band and solo shows that Evan is perpetually caught on, work on the third Into It. Over It. album has begun with a January 2015 writing session, entailing Evan and Into It. Over It.'s current drummer Josh Sparks being holled up in a cabin for thirty days.
Since the fifth grade, Evan spent many years writing, recording and touring in bands. His first band was The Progress, formed with his grade school friends. Evan was a bass player in many of his early bands as a result of losing a coin toss with the other members of The Progress to decide who would play guitar in the band. Prior to the initiation of Into It. Over It., Evan was also in Damiera, Up Up Down Down Left Right Left Right B A Start, Labour, Map the Growth,, The Funeral Bird, Hiroshima Mon'Amour, Sleeper Agents, The French Connection, Emergency and Forgive Her Choke Her. More recently, Evan has spent his time off from Into It. Over It. in Stay Ahead of the Weather with the other members of Into It. Over It.'s first touring lineup, Pet Symmetry with members of Dowsing, and Their / They're / There with Matthew Frank of Loose Lips Sink Ships and Mike Kinsella of Owen.
It is not enough to say that The Hotelier have grown older, or wiser, or more of anything. We can trace a progression, if we like, from the explosive empowerment of It Never Goes Out to the ashen disillusionment of Home, Like Noplace Is There. We can follow an awakening of youth in suburbia attempting to learn what is right, and what is ours, and what is possible and impossible, and maybe we can't save each other like we thought we once could. We're awake and we're tired and we want love in our lives again. And so we find ourselves now in Goodness, in the woods outside of the suburbs, trying to re-learn that love.
But we seek a space outside time. Once in a while we can feel it, like a clearing. Where our histories and our rhetorics blend into languages spoken and unspoken. Where the greatest awe comes upon us for the overlooked, the simple, the incomperhensible. Where things glitch as they solidify, repeat as they evolve, scream as they whisper. Where always and forever above us, in all of its natural, unnatural, supernatural love, shines the moon. Goodness is not this place -- goodness is nowhere -- but we are following it to where we have to be.
After all we've gone through, how young are we? What is age softening in us, what is it hardening in us? Are we getting better? Worse? How could we ever know, when capital forces us onward away from ourselves? Will the woods consume the suburbs; will the suburbs consume the woods? In the gaps between these monumental questions, in the tiniest details, in the infinitude of cycles outside of time, there is Goodness. We begin there.
The Grove, Bristol BS1 4RB
Doors 7:00pm
Ages 14+
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