"Jimmy Eat World" is an American alternative rock band from Mesa, Arizona, formed in 1993.
===Formation and origin of name===
Jimmy Eat World formed in Mesa, Arizona in 1993. Singer/guitarist Jim Adkins
and drummer Zach Lind, who had been friends since kindergarten, joined with guitarist Tom Linton and bass player Mitch Porter to try their hand at music. In its early years, the band emulated the style of its punk-rock influences, with Linton serving as the band's 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.
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 got his revenge by drawing a picture of Jim shoving the Earth into his mouth; the picture bore the caption "Jimmy eat world".
Eventually, spurred by bands such as Fugazi and 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. 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's 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 in a unique position as a major label band embraced by the indie community.
In 1998, the band entered the studio (again with Mark Trombino) to record its follow-up, titled "Clarity". The band delivered the completed album to the label mid-way through the year, but found itself out of favor with the new label heads at Capitol, who shelved the album to focus on more popular acts.)
The album's second single, "The Middle", 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".
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.
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 didn't 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.
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', '23' – the songs that really gave "Futures" its heartbeat." name="henderson" /> "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. name="henderson" />
==="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
, The Smashing Pumpkins) as executive producer. As Burch explained to the "St. Petersburg Times", " role wasn't in the studio everyday. We would send Butch samples of what we were doing every couple of days." "Chase This Light" was released in October 2007, with "Big Casino" as the lead single. "Always Be" was the next single off the album, released in December 2007.
On June 13, 2008, the band revealed that they would begin work on their next album later in the year. They also stated that, when their current contract expires with Interscope, they may consider self-releasing.
*Jim Adkins - vocals, guitar
*Tom Linton - guitar, vocals
*Rick Burch - bass guitar
*Zach Lind - drums, percussion
* 1994 - "Jimmy Eat World"
* 1996 - "Static Prevails"
* 1999 - "Clarity"
* 2001 - "Bleed American" (retitled "Jimmy Eat World" after September 11, 2001, re-released in 2008 as "Bleed American Deluxe Edition")
* 2004 - "Futures"
* 2007 - "Chase This Light"
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