We all want a Jimmy Eat World Futures tour, but we don’t know if we’ll get it. Regardless, the band is planning on doing something special for the release. Check out a newspaper clipping from an Australian piece on the band below after the jump.
POZ Discussion: Albums That Deserve 10 Year Tours In 2014
Our music scene is going through an interesting cycle in the present day. There have been a large influx of young bands that have provided great excitement and passion for us all in the last few years, but we’re also entering a time where the influences of those bands are celebrating major anniversaries for their most loved albums. Bands like Say Anything, Jimmy Eat World, and Midtown, among many others, have seen ten year anniversaries come and go. We all expect there to be more than a few great ten year tours in 2014, but PropertyOfZack team members put together a list of a few more albums that we want more than anything to see toured in full in 2014. Check out the full Discussion and feel free to reblog with any albums you think need to be championed as underrated masterpieces too!
Say Anything - Is A Real Boy
I hate being “that guy” that holds allegiance to a band or artist’s very first record and finds little-to-nothing in subsequent records to grab onto, but if we’re being honest, there are TONS of “those guys” out there, enough to make commemoration tours of seminal records a rousing success and continuing trend. When I realized a few years ago that anniversary tours were going to start becoming relevant to my (very old) self, one of the first ones I mentally put on my future years calendar was the potential tour for “Is a Real Boy” here in 2014. While I’m not sure if anything will ever feel as triumphant or cathartic as seeing SA tour on that record in tiny rooms right after it came out (“what say you and all your friends step up to my friends in the alley tonight?” might as well be a call to war), the record is one of the most musical and theatrical that our scene ever adopted, and listening to it in its entirety feels like a crazy anecdotal journey through the amusement park of someone’s brain. And even though I personally feel that SA hasn’t been able to capture lightening in a bottle like that since, the band has been around for a long time, fine tuning their craft, touring with frequency, and seems to have a lot of respect for what they used to write and where they came from - the most recent example being the rarities and B-sides tour they did last summer. If they pull off a 10-year tour for Is a Real Boy, I will be more than thrilled to see how Bemis and his gang herald and revere the record that put them on the map, and is one of the most brave, artistically interesting releases to have come out in independent music in the last ten years. - Adrienne Fisher
Jimmy Eat World - Futures
Jimmy Eat World is lucky enough to have two to three generations of fans; that’s just part of what happens when you release an incredible record followed by an incredible record followed by another incredible record. Many fans were lucky enough to witness a ten year tour for Clarity in 2009, but the band decided to not do another for Bleed American several years ago. Why would they for Futures? That album feels different to many, I think. You could look at it is the “younger generation” Jimmy Eat World fan’s Clarity. And it looks like the band recognizes it too.
Jimmy Eat World has apparently also been practicing some extra songs off of Futures lately, because they played one for the first time ever at a holiday show in New Jersey in December. There have been hints of a reissuing for the album on vinyl too, to mark its ten year anniversary. All the stars are close to aligning. Hook it up, Jimmy Eat World. - Zack Zarrillo
Midtown - Forget What You Know
Of the dozens and dozens of bands from last decade that have recently appeared on the reunion circuit, the one from my own personal roster of favorites that’s been most glaringly missing is Midtown. For those with a self-proclaimed bleeding Drive-Thru heart like my own, the disappearance of Midtown from active duty in 2005 was a pretty unexpected blow, especially considering the then-recent release of their major label debut, Forget What You Know. It was a record that, at the time, felt like a weird outgrowing of pop-punk despite how the album prior had been even popper and prettier than the first one.
And the lyrical content of FWYK strayed even further from the expectations, presenting philosophical takes on existentialism and disillusionment that perhaps a bubblegum crowd of wide-eyed teenagers wasn’t quite ready to “get.” Given the timeline, Midtown had only less than a year of touring under their belt for the record before they dissolved, and now it’s been 10 years since the moody, almost modern-rock record fell into the laps of fans. Which means that we’ve had plenty of time to absorb and understand the mature undertones that made Forget What You Know so excellent, but mostly it means that we’ve been crying for almost a decade now for Gabe Saporta to step down from the disco dance floor of Cobra Starship and pick up his bass again, preferably in a New Jersey firehouse somewhere, with the rest of the band. Although I have little-to-no hope that a Midtown reunion anything will ever happen (especially not on the heels of something so obvious as a ten-year milestone), it never hurts to put the reminder out, every once in a while, that we the fans are still out here. - Adrienne Fisher
by Sydney Gore, edited by Erik van Rheenen
"The O.C. Mix 3 Have A Very Merry Chrismukkah" is essential to anyone and everyone’s holiday playlist. While every track gets me in the Christmas spirit, this song is my favorite on the album. It’s times like these that I wish I had given my heart to Seth Cohen because I know that he would have cherished it for all of eternity…sorry about that. "Last Christmas" always makes me feel a twang of nostalgia, but in all honesty, if this tune doesn’t make you wish you were under the mistletoe with Seth Cohen, I can’t help you.
by Becky Kovach, edited by Erik van Rheenen
Let’s get one thing straight: I love Jimmy Eat World. I’ve been a fan since I was just a kid dancing around my room to “The Middle” and dreaming of seeing them in concert. Admittedly, I haven’t followed their career as closely as I should have, but I was excited nonetheless for Damage, mostly because I was intrigued by the band’s description of it as an adult breakup album.
Whatever I was hoping for from Jimmy Eat World, I didn’t find it in the ten tracks that make up the band’s latest effort. Outside of a few select songs, the album seemed strangely loose and distant. So, although I searched for the spark that had resonated with me in earlier albums, I just couldn’t connect. It felt as if the band had attempted to reach the largest number of people possible and ended up losing me somewhere in the process.
‘Adult breakup album’ is a pretty accurate description for Damage, though. The songs are moody accounts of relationships gone sour, a heartfelt series of questions about what happened and what comes next. However, as someone who has never been in love and never had my heart broken, an entire album born from those themes ended up being less than appealing.
There are some gems hidden away in the unexpected nooks and crannies of the album. Title track “Damage” ends on airy vocal harmonies paired with bold drumming. “Book of Love” is quiet and sweet, featuring a melody that evokes Sixpence None The Richer’s “Kiss Me.” And the boxy guitars and far-off vocals in “You Were Good” sound distinctly old-fashioned without sounding tired out.
Sparrow Sleeps have made lullaby renditions of classic Jimmy Eat World songs. Listen to and buy the project below after the jump.
Jimmy Eat World's Rick Burch has started a microdistillery in Arizona with several other partners called CaskWerks Distilling Co. CaskWerks have started a FundAnything account to raise money to get things off the ground. Check out more details here and watch a video and summary below after the jump.
Sparrow Sleeps have made lullaby renditions of classic Jimmy Eat World songs. Listen to the great project below after the jump.