Where alternative rock, power pop and emo meet, that’s the place for Jimmy Eat World. This enormously successful quartet from Arizona could now be considered veterans, though still remain one of the most popular and vital American rock bands.
Singer/guitarist Jim Adkins and drummer Zach Lind met while attending Mountain View High School in the Phoenix suburb Mesa. Later they were joined by guitarist/vocalist Tom Linton and bass-player Mitch Porter (eventually replaced by Rick Burch). ”You found everybody who liked what you liked pretty easily because there wasn’t a lot of you. And back in those days, playing an instrument or playing in a band was definitely not all that cool”, said Jim Adkins in an interview. In the beginning Jimmy Eat World was influenced by bands such as Rocket From The Crypt, The Jesus and Mary Chain, Fugazi and The Velvet Underground. They released their self-titled debut album in 1994 and got their biggest commercial success yet with the 2001 platinum selling album Bleed American, which yielded the hit single The Middle. In October 2019 the band’s tenth album Surviving was met with great acclaim. AllMusic wrote: ”Hitting a career milestone with album number ten, Arizona emo-rock stalwarts Jimmy Eat World defy late-era stagnation with the balanced, advanced Surviving.”