Jimmy Eat World

Jimmy Eat World

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Jimmy Eat World

Jimmy Eat World is an American alternative rock band from Mesa, Arizona, that formed in 1993. The band is composed of lead vocalist and guitarist Jim Adkins, guitarist and backing vocalist Tom Linton, bassist Rick Burch and drummer Zach Lind.

Jimmy Eat World has released seven studio albums, the last six featuring the current lineup. The band originally formed with a punk rock sound, first releasing a demo tape in 1993, followed by their first EP in 1994, titled One, Two, Three, Four. Their debut self-titled album (1994) was released with current guitarist Linton singing most of the lead vocals on the album. Jimmy Eat World released both their second and third albums through Capitol Records, with Static Prevails (1996) featuring their first single "Rockstar". The critically acclaimed Clarity (1999) contained the single "Lucky Denver Mint", which was featured in the film Never Been Kissed and went on to garner a cult following.

The four piece's commercial breakthrough came with the successful release of several singles from the album Bleed American (2001). Four singles from the album charted within the top 20 of the Hot Modern Rock Tracks, and "The Middle" peaked at number one. Jimmy Eat World followed up with Futures (2004), featuring another Modern Rock Tracks number one, "Pain". The RIAA certified Bleed American platinum and Futures gold, rewarding the two albums for selling over one and a half million records between them. The band's sixth album, Chase This Light (2007), became the band's highest charting album, peaking at number five on the Billboard 200. Invented, the follow up to Chase This Light, was released on September 28, 2010 on Interscope Records.

On December 6, 2011, Jimmy Eat World changed their Facebook "Record Label" info to read "none, at present." [1]


Formation and name

Jimmy Eat World formed in Mesa, Arizona in 1993. Singer/guitarist Jim Adkins and drummer Zach Lind, who had been friends since preschool, joined with guitarist Tom Linton and bass player Mitch Porter to try their hand at music. In its early years, Jimmy Eat World was a punk rock band, with Linton serving as their primary singer. Within the span of a couple of years, the band recorded and released three singles and a full-length on local label Wooden Blue Records.

Contrary to popular belief, the band name acronym (JEW) is not a reference to the band's religious beliefs, nor to member Jim Adkins. The band's name came from a crayon drawing made after an incident between Linton's younger brothers, Jim and Ed, who fought frequently. Jim usually won, but Ed sought revenge by drawing a picture of Jim shoving the Earth into his mouth; the picture bore the caption "Jimmy eat world".[2]

Static Prevails

Main article: Static Prevails

Eventually, spurred by bands such as Sunny Day Real Estate, the band began to experiment with emocore. As they began writing songs and touring in the indie scene, the band encountered like-minded bands such as Christie Front Drive, Sense Field, and Seven Storey Mountain working on similar sounds.

As the band continued touring, it began to attract modest attention in the indie underground. In 1995, the band caught the ears of a talent scout at Capitol Records and was offered a deal shortly thereafter.[3] Just prior to signing with Capitol, bass player Mitch Porter parted ways with the band and was replaced by Linton's friend Rick Burch. After a brief scouting for producers, the band joined up with Drive Like Jehu drummer Mark Trombino to record its major-label debut, Static Prevails.

In the ensuing years, the band was allowed to release singles on independent labels, including split 7-inch singles with Christie Front Drive, Jejune, Sense Field, and Mineral. Where most major-label bands were ostracized from the underground as "sell-outs", Jimmy Eat World found itself a major label band embraced by the indie community.


Main article: Clarity (Jimmy Eat World album)

The band recorded their next album, Clarity, in late 1998 to early 1999 at Sound City and Clear Lake Audio, both in North Hollywood. The tracks were mixed at One on One in Los Angeles, and mastered at Bernie Grundman Mastering in Hollywood.

The album Clarity marks the start of Jim Adkins - as opposed to Tom Linton - providing lead vocals; Tom from this point only provides backing vocals on various tracks, with the exception of "Blister". The song "Goodbye Sky Harbor" is written based on the John Irving novel, A Prayer for Owen Meany.

Bleed American

Main article: Bleed American

The band decided to record its next album without the help of a label, supporting itself with touring and by compiling its previously-released singles into Singles, which was released on indie label Big Wheel Recreation. The band also took on day jobs, saving as much as they could to spend on the sessions.[4] The band worked for a third time with Trombino, who agreed to defer payment until after the album's release in order to keep costs down.[5] Some of the drum tracks were recorded at Cherokee, and then the band moved to Doug Messenger's harddrive analog and digital in North Hollywood, where five weeks of tracking completed the recording phase. Trombino then mixed the record at Extasy in Hollywood.

The finished album was titled Bleed American. Joining with Gersh's new management company, GAS Entertainment, the band scouted for a new label. The result was a short bidding war, with interest coming from several major labels, including Capitol Records.[3] The band eventually signed with DreamWorks. The completed album was released in July 2001 with the title track (titled "Salt Sweat Sugar" in the UK) as the lead single. (Following the September 11, 2001 attacks, the band decided to re-issue the album as Jimmy Eat World out of concern that the title Bleed American might be misinterpreted, possibly as a threatening "bleed, American".[6])

The album's second single, "The Middle", which appears on Rock Band 2 and Guitar Hero: World Tour, became the band's biggest single to date, reaching #5 on the Billboard Hot 100 chart. The video for the song received significant airplay on MTV, including on Total Request Live. The album was certified platinum by the RIAA.[7]

In 2008, the album was re-released as a deluxe edition and renamed to its original title, Bleed American. This edition contains a total of 32 tracks the original 11 as well as 21 bonus tracks, which are live recordings, demos and b-sides.


Main article: Futures (album)

After lengthy touring in support of Bleed American, the band regrouped to work on the follow-up in early 2004. Once again, the band joined up with Trombino, but the collaboration was short-lived. As the sessions began, the band decided that they did not have enough material for a cohesive album. The band's desire to spend more time writing songs conflicted with Trombino's availability, as he already had other projects on his schedule.[8]

Instead, the band brought in producer Gil Norton, well known for his work with the Pixies and the Foo Fighters. Lind explained in 2007, "After we left the studio with Trombino, we came up with 'Polaris', 'Work', 'Pain', [and] '23' the songs that really gave Futures its heartbeat."[8] Futures was released in October 2004, with "Pain" serving as the lead single. (By this time, DreamWorks had been acquired by Interscope Records.)

Subsequent months saw the release of "Work" and the title track as singles. Having already toured the U.S. alone and with Taking Back Sunday, the band signed on to tour in 2005 with Green Day. In September 2005, the band released the Stay on My Side Tonight EP, which contained reworked versions of demos recorded with producer Mark Trombino that were not used for the album.[8] The album was eventually awarded Gold status in the US by the RIAA.[9]

Chase This Light

Main article: Chase This Light

After its tour, Jimmy Eat World headed home to Tempe and started working on material for a sixth album. The band decided to self-produce the album, enlisting Chris Testa (Dixie Chicks) and John Fields (Switchfoot, Mandy Moore) as co-producers and Butch Vig (Nirvana, Garbage, The Smashing Pumpkins, Green Day) as executive producer. As Burch explained to the St. Petersburg Times, "[Vig's] role wasn't in the studio everyday. We would send Butch samples of what we were doing every couple of days."[10] Chase This Light was released on October 16, 2007, with "Big Casino" as the lead single. "Always Be" was the most recent single off the album, released in December 2007.


Main article: Invented (album)

On June 13, 2008, the band revealed that they would begin work on their seventh album later in the year.[11] They also stated that, when their current contract expires with Interscope, they may consider self-releasing. Jimmy Eat World performed a tour in early 2009 to commemorate the ten-year anniversary of Clarity, making ten stops across the United States and playing the entire record.[12] On March 22, the band stated that they were in the process of mixing their next album.[13] The band also revealed that for the first time since Clarity, the album would contain a song with lead vocals provided by original vocalist Tom Linton.[14] On June 7, 2010, Jimmy Eat World stated on Twitter: "Our new album is officially done. Now we wait for a release date. We'll keep you posted."[15] On July 14, 2010, Jimmy Eat World revealed via Twitter that the album Invented would be released on September 28, 2010.[16]

Eighth Studio Album

Jim Adkins announced that the band would be back writing and recording for their next album in fall/winter of 2011.[17] [18]

Band members

Current line-up
  • Jim Adkins Lead vocals, lead guitar, keyboards, bass guitar (since 1993)
  • Tom Linton Rhythm guitar, backing vocals (since 1993)
  • Zach Lind Drums, percussion, programming (since 1993)
  • Rick Burch Bass guitar, backing vocals (since 1995)
Past members
  • Mitch Porter Bass guitar (1993-1995)
Touring Members
  • Rachel Haden - Keyboards, backing vocals (2001-2002)
  • Courtney Marie Andrews - Keyboards, percussion, backing vocals (2010-2011)


Main article: Jimmy Eat World discography
  • Jimmy Eat World (1994)
  • Static Prevails (1996)
  • Clarity (1999)
  • Bleed American (copies pressed from 2002-2008 retitled "Jimmy Eat World" after the September 11 attacks) (2001)
  • Futures (2004)
  • Chase This Light (2007)
  • Invented (2010)


  1. http://www.absolutepunk.net/showthread.php?t=2536802
  2. Blackburn, Chris (April 1999). Interview: Tom Linton of Jimmy Eat World. ChrisBlackburn.com. Retrieved on 2007-03-03. Linton: "Actually, it's a picture that my little brother drew ... probably five years ago. My brother Jim beat up my younger brother Ed, and Jim ran into his room and locked his door, and Ed drew this picture that said "Jimmy Eat World", and it was a picture of him eating the world."
  3. 3.0 3.1 Mehr, Bob. "Brave New World". Phoenix New Times. September 21, 2001.
  4. Mehr, Bob. "In between tightly budgeted tours, Linton worked construction, while Adkins sold art supplies, Burch shipped auto parts and Lind shuttled customers at a car dealership."
  5. Seigel, Steven. "Jimmy Eat World". Tucson Weekly. October 21, 2004.
  6. Hancock, Todd. "Jimmy Eat World's Jim and Tom Vs Todd Hancock". CFOX. October 30, 2007. Adkins: "It was something that we decided around September 14 that we wanted to do. ... We wanted people to listen to the record with as unbiased a viewpoint as they can bring into it so they could make the songs what they will for themselves and we just felt like that maybe the album title would get in the way of that."
  7. RIAA Platinum Bleed American.
  8. 8.0 8.1 8.2 Henderson, Steve. "Jimmy Eat World - 07.27.07". AbsolutePunk.net. August 10, 2007.
  9. RIAA Futures Gold.
  10. Giambalvo, Carole. "Music: Jimmy Eat World". St. Petersburg Times. November 30, 2007.
  11. Mateus, Luisa. "Exclusive: Jimmy Eat World Announce New Album Details". gigwise.com. June 18, 2008.
  12. Ambrose, Anthony (2009-03-24). inTuneMusic Online: Jimmy Eat World Clarity Tour. Retrieved on 2009-03-24.
  13. Jimmy Eat Mix. AbsolutePunk. Retrieved on 2010-03-23.
  14. http://www.altpress.com/news/8789.htm
  15. Jimmy Eat World Twitter post (2010-06-05).
  16. "Jimmy Eat World Twitter post". July 14, 2010.
  17. Jim Adkins of Jimmy Eat World Reflects on MTV's 30th Anniversary (2011-08-01).
  18. Jimmy Eat World Twitter Post (2011-10-27).

External links

  • Official website
  • Jimmy Eat World Twitter account
  • Interscope Records profile
  • UK interview, 23 November 2010

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