By MEGHAN KEARNEY // With over twenty years under their belt, Jimmy Eat World is as energetic as ever for 94/7 FM's December to Remember
Four nights into 94/7fm’s 2016 December to Remember, long-lived rockers Jimmy Eat World took to the stage at Crystal Ballroom with Portland’s Divers opening. Most popularly recognized for their outrageously hit single "The Middle," Jimmy Eat World sits atop a 9-LP catalog, spanning early 90s emo through beautifully crafted alt ballads that lie hidden beneath a small basket of pop-punk chart toppers.
What many a deep Jimmy Eat World fan know is found on 1999’s cult status Clarity, off of which the band treated the crowd to three beloveds: "Lucky Denver Mint," the tear jerking "For Me This Is Heaven" and "Blister," properly fronted by guitarist Tom Linton.
The majority of the set was made of tracks from the brand new record, Integrity Blues, released in late October. A record that showcases the continued growth and unwavering musical expertise of the Mesa, Arizona quadruple. And live, they’re as energetic and spirited as remembered from over a decade ago.
On "Pass the Baby" the band explores a dark synth sound which translated to a shadowy moment of hypnosis from the stage, flushed with deep drum pad beats and riveting vocals from front man Jim Adkins. "You Are Free," one of the early singles released from Integrity Blues, saw drummer Zach Lind take spotlight with a percussion arrangement that felt infinitely bigger than previous sounds of Jimmy Eat World.
The band also presented a handful of hits from 2004’s Futures, including the larger-than-life ballad "23," and at least one track from all records Clarity onwards, including the swiftest power-houses from their breakout chart-topper Bleed American. An encore featuring "The Middle" drew the whole room together in a sing-a-long, from the b-side-obsessed super fan in the front row dead-set on hearing “Spangle,” to the twenty-eight year old in the balcony briefly reliving high-school glory years for just a moment.
Jimmy Eat World again mystified the city of Portland as perhaps one of the most underrated rock bands of the last two decades.
I Will Steal You Back
You With Me
If You Don’t, Don’t
Pass the Baby
For Me This Is Heaven
Lucky Denver Mint
You Are Free
My Best Theory
Sure and Certain