Soundscape’s A-Z Of Bands: Jimmy Eat World

Jimmy Ear World Credit - Tony Woolliscroft
Photo by Tony Woolliscroft

Jimmy Eat World have been around for over 2 decades now and have established themselves as one of the forefathers of emo many years after their initial beginnings. A band capable of reinventing themselves time and again to keep themselves fresh and successful.

In 1993, four guys got together to play music that made them feel good. 8 albums down the line and one line up change early on and Jimmy Eat World are still four guys looking to play music together that makes them feel good.  The bands first studio album was a self titled record released in 1994. The album is currently out of print and is unlikely to be reissued in the near future.

In 1996 the band released their second studio album Static Prevails via Capitol Records. Static Prevails was a different sound for the band and changed their fan base due to its nature of being released on a major label.

The band would release their final record with Capitol in 1999. Whilst Clarity received praise and critical acclaim from the press, the record was essentially a commercial flop due to the nature of the music industry in the last 1990’s being filled with teen pop. This record was the humble beginnings of the emo rock movement.

In 2001 the band would self release their next record titled Bleed American. (It was renamed at the time to Jimmy Eat World due to 2001’s attacks on the World Trade Center). This album would bring the band mainstream success, especially with their single The Middle. The album has been given a platinum status in the US and Canada and a silver status in the UK.

Following Jimmy Eat World’s main stream success, the band would be signed to Interscope Records for their next record, 2004’s Futures. This album would also be a success for the band, reaching as high as number 6 on the Billboard 200.

The bands follow up, Chase This Light came out in 2007 and it climbed as high as number 5 on the Billboard 200. However, overall it has not sold as well as the previous two releases.

In 2010 the band would release their seventh album, Invented. The album was based on the photographic works of Cindy Sherman and Hannah Starkey with each song telling it’s own story based on the photography. The album would receive mixed reviews from critics, however it would reach number 11 on the Billboard 200.

Jimmy Eat World’s most recent record was Damages released in 2013. The reception of Damages was mostly positive, with critics like the grown up themes of the album for the band who were heading to their 40’s, eight studio albums into their careers.

It’s unclear as to what Jimmy Eat World will release next and what the direction will be. We just know that this band never seems to stop churning out the tunes.

Recommended Tracks:
The Middle
Always Be

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