If you’ve had your ear to the underground, Into It. Over It. and Such Gold are two names that seem to be popping up quite often these days. In the case of IIOI’s Evan Weiss, the man has been on a tear of releases lately between IIOI and Stay Ahead of the Weather, and with Such Gold, their brand of passionate-filled, hardcore-tinged pop-punk has pushed them into the mix of bands giving this now-flooded genre new life. In any case, the two have come together on this split to share two new tracks apiece, with Such Gold further paving their promising road with some catchy, yet crunchy arrangements and Into It. Over It. bringing the fabled “12 Cities” project to a close with two quite different, yet equally interesting tracks. If you’ve never given either of these bands a chance, there couldn’t be a better opportunity to do so than right here.
Weiss’ half of the split opens with “Washington, DC”, a half-time rocker with a fun groove to back his light vocal styling. As the project entails, he tells of his times in the city, declaring ‘I don’t hold my breath about people changing’ as the guitars punch with loosely placed melodic accents. A solid opener, it is certainly fun – yet perhaps slightly repetitive even for its own nature. Weiss’ vocals are meant to drive the proceedings, and do so without much of a hitch. “Portland, OR” changes the game up completely, moving towards a melodically-layered indie-rock number that harkens the sounds of Death Cab for Cutie. And while it seems familiar, it doesn’t feel like a complete aping of Death Cab, with Weiss adding a healthy dose of Midwestern angst to his lyricism. Still, neither track is a throwaway, and both show different sides of his songwriting to keep his ever-expanding discography fresh.
Such Gold take the reins for the second half of the split, with “Minstrels” kicking things into high-gear with an addictive mix of relentless drumming, crunching guitars and in-your-face vocals from all angles. It wavers slightly near the end when the tempo drops considerably, but for the most part, this is the perfect mix of everything that bands like Such Gold are trying to do but can’t quite balance out. “The World That You Live In” finishes the split with a less aggressive nature that still manages to keep the passion from the previous track going. Still doused in melody and fiery vocals, this track paces itself much more consistently from start to finish. As it goes out with the chilling yell of ‘Fuck the world that you live in’, you can’t deny the brimming emotions felt from start to finish on this split and the engaging songwriting both bands use to reel you in.
With such emotion and a clear ability to write powerful music, this split is a perfect match for two bands making a ton of buzz nowadays. This split should definitely be on your list of things to check out – as should these bands if you haven’t gotten properly acquainted.
2. Portland, OR
4. The World That You Live In