When the split took place, in 1991, Boston was a different place — despite having maintained its overabundance of universities, musical talent, and kids with rock-and-roll aspirations. "When we started, we were living in Cambridge, and there was still rent control," Yang recalls. "We were paying $250 a month for a one-bedroom apartment on Mass Ave. There were a lot of artists who at the time were able to do their work and have time to do their work, because the cost of living was not overwhelming."

Damon & Naomi's formative years were indeed simpler times that were, as Yang puts it, "very conducive to working and thinking. We were really sad when rent control ended. We felt like it added a richness to allow all sorts of people to live together in this community. People have had to move further outside on the edges of the city to live affordably. Then you have venues and places people gather end up being further away from each other; it's less centralized."

For some, it even extends to the English countryside.

DAMON & NAOMI + AMOR DE DÍAS | Great Scott, 1222 Comm Ave, Allston | May 23 @ 9 pm | 18+ | $12 | 617.566.9014

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