Mike Kinsella and Evan Weiss are two of Chicago’s most prominent musical mainstays, rock ‘n’ roll lifers wholeheartedly devoted to slinging emotionally charged tunes to their dedicated fans in America’s punk houses and dive bars. They both tour constantly and record under a vast array of band names — Kinsella’s best-known projects include Owen, American Football, Cap’n Jazz, Owls, and Joan Of Arc, while Weiss is known for Into It. Over It., Pet Symmetry, the Progress, Their / They’re / There, and Up Up Down Down Left Right Left Right B A Start among others — and they’ve both been living that life for well over a decade. So it makes perfect sense that they’d cover each other’s songs.
On an upcoming split 7″ for Polyvinyl, Weiss covers Owen’s “Poor Souls,” converting it from a gentle acoustic lament to a shapeless wash of keyboards and distortion. It’s extremely pretty. Meanwhile, Kinsella takes a crack at Into It. Over It.’s fan favorite “Anchor.” Also originally an acoustic ballad, here it becomes a hard-charging pop-punk number marked by power chords, a swift backbeat, and howling gang vocals usually supplied by Weiss’ audience. Both songs are worth hearing, so listen below.
The Owen/Into It. Over It. split is out 8/21 on Polyvinyl. Pre-order it here.