Posts Tagged ‘Jimmy Eat World’

jew-damageLet’s be honest with ourselves here—there will never be another Clarity or Bleed American, simply because those records are modern classics, and Jimmy Eat World got older, and so did we. These days, I’m not expecting JEW to put out the next Clarity, because it’s not 1999 anymore, it’s 2013.

That being said, I don’t want them to abandon what made them excellent in the first place. I don’t think they ever completely did, but some of their previous records flirted with it, becoming poppier and more produced than I would have liked.

Damage is the closest Jimmy Eat World has come to returning to their classic emo/alternative rock roots in many years, and it is excellent indeed. The record seems to mix the older stripped-down emo sounds with the Futures-and-onward full-bodied aesthetic. In short, it’s a good mix of the old and new Jimmy Eat World.

Right off the bat, “Appreciation” hits the listener with an organic guitar-based approach that typifies most of Damage. It’s probably thanks to the bare-bones recording-to-tape approach used by producer Alain Johannes, a regular Queens of the Stone Age collaborator. The title track, “Lean,” and “Book of Love” are upbeat, jaunty pop-rock songs. Lead single “I Will Steal You Back” boasts one of the stronger choruses on the album.

“Please Say No” might be the “Hear You Me” of Damage; a gradually-building slow-tempo ballad with deeply personal and specific lyrics. The next two tracks step up the energy—the exceptional “How’d You Have Me” is full of driving guitar and catchy hooks, and “No, Never” is the closest thing to Bleed American/Futures-era Jimmy Eat World I’ve heard the band produce since those records were released.

JEW has always thrived in the open spaces—expansive, mid-tempo rock songs with emotive lyrics from frontman Jim Adkins. The superb “Byebyelove” is a great example: another standout for sure, and one of my favorites. Album closer “You Were Good” is a simple acoustic song that almost sounds like it could have been found on one of JEW’s lesser-known EPs like Firestarter, the self-titled EP, or Stay On My Side Tonight.

Along with guitarist Tom Linton, bassist Rick Burch, and drummer Zach Lind, Adkins has crafted another masterwork here with Jimmy Eat World’s seventh studio full-length. Although the record is rather short—ten tracks, clocking in at just over a half-hour—the band consistently pulls off what they do best: sweet and simple emo-rock songs that stick with you. 2013’s Damage is unexpectedly excellent.

~ J.M.

As it turns out, the three albums I’ve picked have no album titles yet, or even as much as a concrete release date. I’d like to think that this only heightens the anticipation, though.  Yeah.  That’s what I’ll keep telling myself.

Bad boys? Who are you guys kidding?

Is that my Dad’s garage?

Alternative:  Jimmy Eat World

Considering this album is most likely to be released first in my list for 2013 and there is still so little actually known about it – I’m wildly surprised.  I always find it fascinating when bands have their new material leaked unintentionally before the release date, whether it be by some computer-network-savvy fan or an inside job by the label.  It seems, though, that Jimmy Eat World is playing it smart by staying relatively quiet throughout the whole writing, recording, mixing, and now mastering process of their eighth studio album.  Fortunately we do know two things: they are without a label, and unlike most unsigned bands the engineer/producer, Alain Johannes (Queens of the Stone Age, Them Crooked Vultures), isn’t just some kid with Pro Tools and a “studio” in his parents’ attic.

Punk:  The Story So Far

Look at all of those pop-punk sheep.

Look at all of those pop-punk sheep.

It’s been about a year and a half (June 21, 2011) since the release of The Story So Far’s debut full-length, Under Soil And Dirt, and like everyone else that listens to anything even remotely close to pop-punk, I’m still listening to every track.  To read that many are saying their upcoming sophomore album could leave a mark in not only the pop-punk community but the alternative genre as well is pretty impressive for a band without a Wikipedia page.  Since Under Soil And Dirt took at least a good six months to really grab any attention outside of their fan base, I can only expect the same for this upcoming release.  Luckily, if there is one album in 2013 that I don’t have to worry about being a flopping mess it’s this one.  Even if The Story So Far only reach the most minimal of expectations, this sophomore debut will still leave a hot and steamy mark on pop-punk.

Post-Rock:  Moving Mountains

Moving Mountains (and their furly beards)

Moving Mountains (and their furly beards)

Drawing direct influence from the huge powers known as Thrice and labelmates The Appleseed Cast, I’m surprised Moving Mountains aren’t a whole lot more popular than they are currently.  They certainly haven’t been hiding in the studio until recently.  Touring almost non-stop for two years with anyone from The Fall of Troy to Straylight Run would get the attention of a whole slew of scenes, but it’s my hopes that their first full-length since May 2011 will get them all the attention they deserve.  Josh Kirby will be replacing guitarist Frank Graniero on Moving Mountains’ third full-length which could prove to be a risky move since Frank recorded guitar on the their last three releases (Foreword, Waves, and New Light).  Luckily, founding members Gregory Dunn (vocals/guitar) and Nicholas Pizzolato (drums) are still on the bill and will, almost without a doubt, be able to blow my mind away for a third time.

~ D.B.