When: Sat., June 22, 2:45 p.m. 2013
DIY punks care a lot about telling the story of their scene, since for better or worse nobody else is going to do it—D.C. label Dischord, for instance, sometimes describes its releases as “documents.” The borderline reverence once attached to the act of archiving a subversive subculture has been diluted by technology—I mean, there’s a Tumblr now that posts pictures of people photographing their food—but strong DIY punk voices still emerge from all the noise to produce art worth remembering. Boston’s Topshelf Records has released some of the best music and ephemera from the country’s booming underground emo scene, and it’s kicking things up a notch with the forthcoming photo book Life Is Suffering, which documents last fall’s inaugural full-band tour by Into It. Over It., a punk project founded as a solo venture in 2007 by Chicago emo troubadour Evan Thomas Weiss. Weiss’s band is gathering steam (he recently signed with New York’s Triple Crown Records, onetime home of Hot Rod Circuit and Kevin Devine), which helps account for the existence of a photo book about it, and the accompanying seven-inch does even more to explain the hullabaloo. It’s two live full-band versions of tunes from IIOI’s debut, 52 Weeks, and the heavy riffing on “Wearing White” is so visceral it makes me want to run through a sheet of drywall. —Leor Galil This show is part of the Green Music Fest. Also on today’s bill are the Manchester Orchestra, Everest, Brighton MA, and Joie de Vivre, among others; music begins at 2:45 PM, and Into It. Over It. plays at 6:30 PM.
Price: $5 suggested donation