Recently we caught Jimmy Eat World on tour and we were pleased with how much energy they still had. While the band has announced their eleventh album Surviving, the first two singles from it expand on their already catchy sound. Without changing direction, the four piece sounds fresher than they have in years on the two tracks.
Going for broke a bit more, the track “All The Way (Stay)” has nuances of the band’s Bleed American era sound. Pop undercurrents and plenty of upbeat pacing make the song stick in your head. While the open vocals and backing group vocals help, the song is just hard to dislike. In many ways the band is refreshing themselves while still keeping toes in their previous sound.
On “Love Never” the band heads back to their heavier side. Not as eviscerate as on Static Prevails, but definitely a bit more terse than on recent releases. The way the secondary guitar comes in and out between the snappy drums and bass creates a natural hook. While the song is catchy, it has a depth we haven’t heard from the band in a while. For the first time in a while, Jimmy Eat World sounds revitalized and ready to take on new fans.
Both songs can be streamed on all streaming platforms or purchased in all outlets. Surviving is available for pre-order in multiple formats and bundles directly from RCA Records. Jimmy Eat World is on tour October 15 in London, UK at Roadhouse until December 03 in Syracuse, NY at the 95x Pajama Jam. The band’s complete touring schedule can be accessed here.
Image Credits: Photo by Oliver Halfin.