On “Obsessive Compulsive Distraction,” one of the standout cuts on Into It. Over It.’s recent album “Intersections,” Evan Weiss sings of “thinking simple and putting life to ink.” Fittingly, the life taking shape on the page is often his own--the Logan Square resident (who appeared a couple weeks ago on “Last Call with Carson Daly”) packs his heartfelt, emo-leaning tunes with the myriad people and places he encounters every day.
First: Did you actually request a phone number that ends in 666?
No, no, no. I just got lucky [laughs]. I've had this number since I was a teenager. I remember going to the T-Mobile store, and before telling me what the number was the woman asked if I was superstitious. I said, “Why?” Then she told me what the number was, and I got so amped in the store I slapped my hand on the table like, “Yeah!” I think she thought that was a little weird.
Were you a metal fan at the time or something?
No, I'm more of a Satan fan [laughs].
Your music is often tagged with descriptions like “emo” and “sensitive,” so I thought I'd ask you about the last time you took a punch.
It was early 2011 and it was outside Archie's in Humboldt Park. I got punched in the face by this skinhead because I had apparently disrupted his game of pool, which I hadn't. I actually recorded an album a few months after that, and there was a song on the record about that night.
Have you ever had something happen to you that you wouldn't be comfortable exploring in song?
I was really ruthless when I started, then I toned down and now I'm getting back to being brutally honest again. I don't think there is anything I wouldn't explore, but then again I don't know how dark my thoughts really are.
You've always spoken about embracing brutal honesty in your music. Can you recall a time you got caught in a lie?
No, I can't — unless it was a white lie or something. When you start wearing everything on your sleeve publicly it's hard to start making things up. I was definitely a total idiot when I was in my late-teens and early-20s, and I've been trying to better myself. I guess it comes with growing older.