Jimmy Eat World proved their prowess yet again at Sunday night's sold-out show at Crescent Ballroom, which showcased their perfect blend of emo, punk, and pop.
They made the audience swoon, rage, and dance throughout the performance. A quarter-century into their career and over the course of 10 albums, with Surviving coming later this month, they still know how to put on a perfect show regardless of where they are. From playing arenas and pavilions across America to Phoenix’s premier small venues, Jimmy Eat World
They own it.
The night was filled with some of their best hits across their
Each of the band's singles means something different to everyone that listens to them. The band knows it, too. They didn’t waste time chatting. Instead, Adkins, guitarist Tim Linton, bass player Rick Burch, and drummer Zach Lind packed a 45-minute set with 20 songs.
Of the seven new songs the band played, it wasn’t either of the released singles that stood out. “Love Never” and “All the Way (Stay)” are radio-friendly, but “555” and “Criminal Energy” might be the best from the album.
“555” came right after Linton sang “Blister” from Clarity. It felt like a deep cut off of that album. It was atmospheric, emotional, and soaring. The song felt like the best of an early Jimmy Eat World song with the ear of 2019 production added to it.
“Criminal Energy” is heavier than either single they released thus far. The repetitive power chords let the band lean into the punk side they haven't let loose in quite a long time.
The other songs they premiered fit into their repertoire just fine. They kicked off the set with “Surviving,” which also is their album opener. Then there was “Delivery.” It’s a song that leans into their emo sensibility as opposed to their pop-punk side. The band has found a way to keep their career going strong with fresh new songs that both trigger nostalgia but never seem stale.
Will Surviving be their best album? No, that’s Clarity. Will this album be their most mainstream success? That will most likely always be Bleed American. Will this album prove Jimmy Eat World
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Last Night: Jimmy Eat World’s “surprise” hometown show to kick off their 10th album Surviving
The Crowd: Anyone who happened to be on Facebook in the first 15 minutes the band announced the show, from parents and their kids to beer-guzzling millennials who are definitely calling off work
Overheard: “We’ll be on Jimmy Kimmel Thursday. Is it Thursday? Maybe Thursday.” – Jim Adkins at the end of their set caught up in the moment but always a professional promoting their next gig.
Random Notebook Dump: During “All the Way (Stay)”: “They brought out a fucking sax!”