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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 will steal you back (VIDEO)

Arizona rockers, Jimmy Eat World are prepping for the release of their much anticipated new album Damage. In the lead up, the band have released the video for the first single “I Will Steal You Back”. The signature tune is a little bit Futures, and a little bit Chase This Light and debuted at #37 on the Billboard Alternative Songs Chart.

Damage is set for release June 11th via RCA/Dine Alone 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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Smashing Pumpkins, Social Distortion, Jimmy Eat World announced for KROQ Christmas

The annual KROQ Almost Acoustic Christmas continues its fine tradition of music nativity with the announcement of this year’s Night 1 acts.

Headlining the show will be The Billy Corgan Ba… er… The Smashing Pumpkins, who will be joined by Social Distortion, My Chemical Romance, Jimmy Eat World, Bad Religion, Cake, A Day to Remember and more. The full line up is below.

Now in its 21st year, the festival has over its history, featured some of the best in rock, punk and indie music in a mostly unplugged setting (although, not really).

Tickets for the event run at $75 and all details and purchase info can be viewed here. The two-night festivities take place December 11-12 at the Gibson Amphitheater in Universal City, CA.

Night 1 Lineup:
The Smashing Pumpkins
Social Distortion
My Chemical Romance
Bad Religion
Jimmy Eat World
Cake
A Day to Remember
The Dirty Heads
Anberlin
Switchfoot

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Perth’s Jebediah return to the fold

Perth’s alternative rockers Jebediah have announced a return to the stage. The band are set to perform this weekend in Perth as part of Oktoberfest celebrations.

The band rose to prominence in the mid 1990s with a slew of alternative rock charged tunes, with their 1996 single “Jerks of Attention” fairing well on Australian radio. North American audiences will be familiar with Jebediah from the split EP they did in 2000 with Jimmy Eat World.

New songs are also in the pipeline- with new single “Under Your Bed” available for streaming (below) and download via their official website.

Lead singer Kevin Mitchell has spent the past few years touring and recording music under his solo guise Bob Evans.

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