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Review: Jimmy Eat World – Damage

Consistency as a band is an achievement all on its own and Arizona rockers Jimmy Eat World have remained remarkably consistent through their years together. Now 8 studio albums in, the band have managed to find steady ground when it comes to their output, both in sound and aesthetic appeal. Damage, like its predecessor Invented, is built upon the band’s love for melodic guitar-driven melancholia. It’s all beautiful sounding, yet restrained.

The band’s new found musical foundation is the sound of them turning their amps down from the levels they exhibited on Bleed American, Futures and Chase This Light. Where once there was the distorted, high-tempo frequencies of a “Bleed American”, “Sweetness”, “Pain” and “Big Casino”, there is now the more composed, less frenetic pacing of a “Lean”, “Book of Love”, and the terrific title track “Damage”. It’s not necessarily regression or slowing down, it’s refinement; fine tuning their craft to a cohesion they’ve been hinting at since their opus Clarity.

Lead off single “I Will Steal You Back” is the closest Damage gets to sounding like Futures; equal parts heartstrings and rock-fueled sentimentality. In “Please Say No” and “Damage” we get Jimmy Eat World’s trademark lyrical introspection, with the latter waxing the disconnect between two frayed ends; “Are we only damaging the little we have left? / Both of us swimming in the same polluted mess / Are we too damaged now to possibly connect?” while we’re left again feeling like love has closed the door once again on the previous; “Say anything you will / Except how you’d have me still / Say anything but know / When I go, I go, I go”.

Damages‘ finest moment is perhaps “How’d You Have Me”. The song’s structure, like Chase This Light’s “Firefight”, goes hand in hand with the poetic mistrust of the lyrics and the crescendo building of its music- operatic, and cuts deep; “Only one thing left I wish I knew / how did you have me / and I only got you?” Jim Adkins as acerbic as ever.

“Byebyelove” is one of the album’s most interesting set pieces. The band have never shied away from the grandiose; from the arching beauty of “Goodbye Sky Harbor” and “23” to “Invented”, song’s have been pushed to the limit of both length (the latter two at nearly 8 minutes while “Goodbye Sky Harbor” rests at a cool 16 minutes long). “Byebyelove” has the same makeup as these songs- like the audio equivalent of reaching for the stars- yet as it sounds like it wants to inch close to the momentous, it comes away a little stunted and not something that could have been truly grand. Nevertheless, the album closes on the reflection of “You Were Good”, an acoustic piece that’s both nostalgic sounding, and distinctly monophonic. It is by far the most subdued of endings, and quite unlike what the band have done before.

Like Invented, Damage is the next page in a new chapter for the band. Produced by first time Jimmy Eat World collaborator Alain Johannes (Spinerette, Mark Lanegan), the album is perhaps the band’s most refined effort to date. Working out most of the shortcomings of the previous effort, Damage is another addition to an already impressive and long standing discography.

Jimmy Eat World, still terrific. (Dine Alone / RCA Records)

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Jimmy Eat World have debuted the first track from their upcoming new album Damage. The track, “I Will Steal You Back”, is the first taste of new music from the band since 2010’s Invented.

The band will embark on a home state tour of Arizona in May before heading to Europe for select dates in June.

Damage is the band’s first album for new label RCA and will be out June 11th. “I Will Steal You Back” will be available digitally April 16th. You can pre-order the new album on vinyl here.

 

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Jimmy Eat World perform on Conan

Arizona rockers Jimmy Eat World recently stopped by Conan’s Los Angeles studios to perform the new single “Coffee & Cigarettes”. You can check out the video below.

The song comes from their latest release, the rather terrific Invented . The band will be making their trip down to Australia next April.

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Jimmy Eat World announce 2011 Australian/NZ tour

Fresh from the release of their latest album Invented, Arizona rockers Jimmy Eat World have announced a 2011 tour of Australia and New Zealand set for next April.

The tour kicks off April 5th in Perth and will make its way through Adelaide, Sydney, Brisbane before wrapping up their Australian run in Melbourne on the 11th. The band will play a solitary date in New Zealand on the 13th in Auckland. Full tour dates below. General public tickets go on sale December 9th.

Tour dates:
04/05 – Perth, WA @ Metro City
04/06 – Adelaide, SA @ Governor Hindmarsh
04/08 – Sydney, NSW @ Enmore Theatre
04/09 – Brisbane, QLD @ The Tivoli
04/11 – Melbourne, VIC @ Palace Theatre
04/13 – Auckland, NZ @ Powerstation

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Review: Jimmy Eat World – Invented

Jimmy Eat World have always come across as artists whose authenticity isn’t tangled in the typical blueprints of critical music appreciation. Their appeal, one long standing and global, rests on values outside of these norms (the kind the Robert Christgaus and Lester Bangs of the world harp on about) oft associated with socially affecting music. Yet one could argue that Jimmy Eat World have indeed been on the forefront of a socially viable brand of music. It is because their music is about moments and not about revolution, about heart and not art, that the praise languished upon them is from the thousands of people who fill their venues through an emotional connection and not by some witty journalist with a furrowed brow.

Their music, from Static Prevails and Clarity, to Futures and Chase This Light, is described by the one word critically acclaimed music cannot be; “beautiful.” It is not angular, or blunt or transient. It is patient and refined. Invented, their latest, is by all accounts, beautifully executed sentimentality. Histrionic in its words, its aural accompaniments are all about chasing that uncontrollable chemistry that happens within each and every one of us. The best place to begin is at the very apex- the title track “Invented”. It is the moment in which the long awaited build reaches its crescendo and over its seven minutes plus, the shimmering acoustics and the whispered vocal hum become a firework of sharp guitars, dynamic percussions and that unforgettable emotional incandescence we’ve seen in “Table For Glasses” and to a more compact extent, “For Me This is Heaven”. In “Littlething”, they embark on the kind of lyrical introspection that has become the hallmark for the band. Writing words on frosted windows with lines like; “Just a little thing / buried in the other things / burning away, from inside / could you be with me tonight?” to the backdrop of orchestral harmonies and melodies best suited for moments when snow is falling on your driveway.

“Evidence” plays out like a mid-paced “Big Casino” while the first single, “My Best Theory”, is the band at its most unorthodox. Its skittering beats and rhythmic dissonance is the closest they’ll ever get to angular songwriting. In “Movielike”, they dissect the realities of big city life for all those who seek fortune and happiness within its monolithic walls; “Nothing movie-like / Nothing magic / People just tire to fight the constant battle / Waiting to see a sign? / Then you’ve seen the best already.” And while its content is anything but, the song itself is in sharp contrast to its disappointed outlook, and in essence, very much like its namesake.

Introspection, life and love are the cornerstones of the Jimmy Eat World manifesto. Be it sad heart musings (“Cut”) or recollections on those pioneering instincts of post-school restlessness (“Coffee And Cigarettes”), their connection to listeners continues to be this bond. They are the principal protagonists of their genre and Invented is its most important expression since Something to Write Home About. Beautiful and stellar, these Jimmy Eat World songs always sound like they’re written amongst the stars. (Interscope)

AUDIO STREAM: “Movielike”
Jimmy Eat World – Movielike (from the album Invented)

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Video: Jimmy Eat World – “My Best Theory”

Just days away from the release of their much anticipated new album, Jimmy Eat World have unveiled the trippy new video for the single “My Best Theory”. Directed by Ron Winter (Devendra Banhart, Bag Raiders), the video borrows a little from the Daft Punk school of video making and is perhaps the most conceptual of recent Jimmy Eat World videos. Lead singer Jim Adkins had this to say about the video’s concept and meaning behind the song;

The song is about finding your individuality in a world where extremes are more and more presented as your only option. We thought taking a science fiction approach would be a great way to demonstrate breaking free of what may be expected from an individual. We loved director Ron Winter’s work and thought he was the perfect choice to help.”

You can check out the science fiction themed video above. The band’s new album, Invented, is out this Tuesday.

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Stream three tracks from Jimmy Eat World’s Invented

With Invented just weeks away, Jimmy Eat World are now streaming three full tracks from the release.

We previously reported the band letting fans listen to 60-second clips of the album (including full tracks “My Best Theory” and Chase This Light holdover “Stop”), now you can listen to “Movielike” along with them.

The song is vintage Jimmy Eat World and can be streamed below. Invented is out September 28th via Interscope. It is the first album since Bleed American that features producer Mark Tombino at the helm. Having produced Static Prevails, Clarity and Bleed American, Trombino’s production of Futures was scrapped and the songs redone with Gil Norton.

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