hi there, huuuuge Jimmy Eat World fan checking in.
It’s a 5 all the way, Clive
I feel in love with them on Bleed American, which is just simply stunning. One of the all time classic american rock albums, and now has the age to prove it. just stunning.
Then a friend at school lent me Static Prevails and I couldn’t believe what I was hearing. This was even better, and then shortly afterwards I found Clarity in Fopp on Union St and oh my god it was even better than even better. it was just layers of awesome on top of layers of awesome.
Into Uni years then, and music suddenly opened up for me. My little rockish crew at high school was replaced by a group of dopesmoking losers who were into Aphex, Boards of Canada, Godspeed You! Black Emperor, and the music of the Jimmy lads seemed quaint. Of course, I didn’t cut them off right away - christ, one of my all time listened to albums of this period was A Crow Left of the Murder… (can’t wait for the HGATR on Incubus mind).
But Futures came out and was my first albums ince i’d fallen in love… and it was FUCKING INCREDBILE. Seriously, I cannot think of a better album. I know loads of folk on here dislike it - for what reason i cannot imagine. It is filled with bangers. Filled with hooks. Filled with singalong lines that just demand to be betler out while clutching your tee shirt, sweaty in the pit. It’s just ace, and i cannot divorce it from that moment in my life.
Then I got a job and was really into the wanky shit. Chase this Light is dogshit. And I left them behind, a band that was my all timers but since went the shitty way others also have, and moved onto less important points in my life.
But then I went back. Unlike some others - Feeder, Weezer, Incubus, to name three - they haven’t deviated much from their original sound and, at times, recaptured it. And then, finally, they released a few records I can consider actually good, and not even with squinting. With the emo revival in full swing, Jimmy Eat World are still amazing and managing those huge hooks - Surviving and Integrity Blues being as good as their earliest work, I feel.
So yeah - a 5 all the time, all day and when I watched their live version of Futures a few months back when they did their online streams it was absolutely brilliant.