Jimmy Eat World Biography
"Not asking of me anything, saying nothing about what it means, without anybody telling me what I should feel..." - "Table for Glasses"
There is no substitute for knowing exactly why you like a piece of art, in any medium, and having come to the realization by your own effort and experience. Jimmy Eat World is a band whose only agenda is to let the listener decide for themselves without pretense.
Jimmy Eat World was formed in February 1994 in Mesa, Arizona. After releasing a handful of 7" singles, split records, and a self-titled LP through Tempe- based Wooden Blue Records, Jimmy Eat World signed to Capitol Records. In 1995, original bassist Mitch Porter left the band and Rick Burch joined. This lineup recorded Jimmy Eat World's 1996 Capitol debut, "Static Prevails." Jimmy Eat World toured extensively in the United States after the release of "Static Prevails" and continued to release split records with the bands Sense Field, Mineral, Jejune, and Blueprint.
"Clarity" was engineered and mixed during the summer of 1998 by Mark Trombino (Blink 182, No Knife, Drive Like Jehu...), who co-produced the record with the band. The rhythm tracks for "Clarity" were recorded at Sound City in Van Nuys, CA. Then each song was pieced together to completion--one after another--at Clear Lake Audio in North Hollywood, CA. Recording the overdubs from scratch allowed each song to grow into its own sonic personality.
The best way to approach listening to "Clarity" is to strike any assumption regarding content. "Clarity" is a blank journal waiting for the listener: one in which the listener can sketch or write their thoughts. The featured lyric from the palate-cleansing "Clarity" opener, "Table for Glasses," can be considered the album's thesis statement. What you get from this record should be wholly yours.
The songs included on "Clarity" range from heavy and brooding to sparse and quiet to pure pop. "Clarity" has the Jimmy Eat World signature straight- forward rock songs like "Believe In What You Want," "Crush," and "Blister." More involved songs, such as "Lucky Denver Mint" and "Ten," use drum loops, droning, and ambient guitar tones underneath the live drums and music. Conversely, in "12.23.95" live drums are completely replaced by a drum machine. The sixteen minute plus album-closing track, "Goodbye Sky Harbor," shifts ever so slowly from a dreamy, trance-inducing bridge to a hyper- electronic dance chorus. The first vocal during the bridge of "Goodbye Sky Harbor" is introduced around minute five, then new vocals are woven in every few minutes, along with organ and extraneous percussion, until the finale of sequenced beats and sounds sampled from the song itself. "Clarity" draws you in, lifts you up, then lulls you to sleep.
Jimmy Eat World released a self-titled EP in December 1998 on Florida's Fueled by Ramen label. The EP contained two songs from "Clarity" and three exclusive b-sides; it has already received considerable recognition. "Clarity" will be released by Capitol Records on February 23, 1999. The vinyl will be available through the Big Wheel Recreation label in Boston.
Jimmy Eat World will tour the United States and elsewhere in the Spring, Summer, and Fall of 1999--and intermittently for the rest of their lives.
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WTF | Reviewer: Lauren | 6/22/11
Holy shit. What the hell is wrong with some of you people? Okay, I get that you love the band. I do as well, but what the FUCK?! Jimmy Eat World is anything BUT emo and pop. They're an alternative rock band. If you're going to be a fan of a something, at least get it right.
Jimmy Eat World | Reviewer: Honnorguard | 12/26/09
Jimmy eat world rockz!
Yeah, I know everyone has somethin' against the fact that they PLAY 'emo', the reason is becuz the text of their songs are sometimes some emotional. But after all, it's only rock music ;)
So don't call them EMO, okay !
jimmy eat world | Reviewer: Anonymous | 8/21/08
jimmy eat world is my fav band! the prablom is that im from israel and ppl dont know you here much and i always try to make my friends listen to your awsome songs. its hard for me to say what is thier best song
they are not emo ill say they are rock
THEY ARE NOT EMO OK!!! | Reviewer: Mattias knows music | 7/3/08
first thing of jimmy eat world are not emo or rock...they are a pop band...okey they are my favorite band but they are still a pop band:D....i love you guys I love my sundown and your house and sweetness...because thoose songs are masterpieces;)
woot woot | Reviewer: ginny | 12/3/07
okay, jimmy eat world is amazing. their songs pump me up at games and i am just stunned constantly by thier songs. mad love! keep the songs sick!
jew fan 94 | Reviewer: Anonymous | 10/19/07
THIS IS THE TRUE JEW FAN LIKE BILIONS OF OTHERS LIKE WORLDWIDE.THESE GUYS ARE FREKING SWEET THEY ARE THE ONLY BAND TO SING ABOUT PROBLEMS ABOUT THE WORLD TODAY. I LISTEN TO ALL OF THERE ALBUMS EXCEPT CHASE THIS LIGHT WHEN MY LIFE WAS HARD I LISTEN TO DRUGS OR ME,IF YOU DON'T DON'T,THE WORLD YOU LOVE, GOODBYE SKY HARBOR (ETC). ME AND MY FRIENDS ARE FANS FOREVER i can't wait until it comes here
Zach Lind has the most amazing, distinct voice ever. I want to be a Groupie!!! | Reviewer: Bree | 1/6/06
I love these guys. They have been working at their careers for so long now, and they have managed to do so much since 94. Props to them and anyone who helped them get there. The album Futures is awesome. My fav song is 'Work'.I also am obsessed with Nothing Wrong. These guys are so talented and their songs are genuinely different and worth going out and buying each and every album. Songs to defintley listen too are: Work, drugs or me,Nothing wrong...well, the whole album really. Bleed American Is my favorite song right now. Anyway, if you haven't yet, put some energy into this band! Jimmy Eat World...I love you. Keep putting out your music because if you didn't I would loose my mind!
My Fave Band!! | Reviewer: Sarah | 10/2/05
Jimmy Eat World are RAD!...they are the best...if you havent heard them try find some of their music coz it's something you wont regret
JIMMY EAT WORLD ROCKS! | Reviewer: Carmen | 4/6/05
Jimmy Eat World rocks my socks.
They're the best Emo band ever next to Dashboard Confessional.
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