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Mesa, Arizona, United States (1993 – present)

Jimmy Eat World formed in Mesa, Arizona, United States in 1993. They are associated with an array of genres including , , and . Singer/guitarist Jim Adkins and drummer Zach Lind, who had been friends since kindergarten, joined forces with co-vocalist/guitarist Tom Linton and bass player Mitch Porter to try their hand at music. In its early years the band emulated the style of their influences, and they eventually recorded and released three singles and a full-length, self-titled album on local label Wooden Blue Records.

The name Jimmy Eat World did not refer to lead singer Jim Adkins. Tom Linton’s younger siblings, Ed and Jimmy, fought constantly when they were younger. Jimmy, who was stronger and heavier, would usually win. On one instance, Ed, as revenge, drew a picture with crayons of Jimmy shoving the entire world into his gaping mouth with the caption, “Jimmy eat world.” The picture, and by extension the band name, may have been inspired by an episode of the cartoon show ‘Tiny Toon Adventures’, where the main characters put on a student film festival. Dizzy Devil’s film, “Dizzy Eat World”, was a 5 second piece drawn crudely in crayon where Dizzy’s gaping jaw engulfed the Earth.

In 1995 the band signed to Capitol Records. Around this time bass player Mitch 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 their debut album Static Prevails.


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  • Jureiko

    The new one gets too much hate (2) my ultimate feel good music

    21 Aug 11:14pm Reply
  • iiizzy

    futures is basically my life soundtrack this band is my only god

    14 Aug 8:17pm Reply
  • n0umena

    Clarity > Bleed American = Futures > Static Prevails > everything else

    28 Jul 7:19pm Reply
  • RaizaRegina

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  • awaitlightning

    Futures in its entirety is a dream come true for me.

    1 Jul 11:24am Reply
  • inthesameroom

    Futures tour!!

    28 Jun 1:37pm Reply
  • isuckatmusic

    Bleed American > Clarity > Futures > Static Prevails > Chase This Light = Damage > Self Titled > Invented The new one gets too much hate. One of the best releases of 2013.

    24 Jun 11:32pm Reply
  • AlbertoDice

    Para volar un rato.

    21 Jun 1:25am Reply
  • Nekro__b

    первые альбомы-лучшие

    17 Jun 1:42pm Reply
  • FuzzyxPickles

    anytime i feel like crying

    4 Jun 8:39am Reply
  • Konskyy

    it just takes some time... :)

    2 Jun 3:34pm Reply
  • hapymeal

    I could listen to forever! ♡

    25 May 10:10pm Reply
  • benxander

    There's a real charm to many of JEW's closer/reverb songs, makes for a hypnotic listen as a playlist ~~~~~ --Goodbye Sky Harbor, My Sundown, 23, Disintegration, Dizzy, Invented, Mixtape, Byebyelove--~~~~~

    22 May 10:32am Reply
  • Treats4TheSOUL

    if ur listening,

    20 May 4:53pm Reply
  • winterisbroken

    Don't know why so many people don't like Invented.

    15 May 3:56am Reply
  • Andrew_Klinov

    много хочешь

    11 May 12:43pm Reply
  • VydaviGlaza

    want news about new album...

    10 May 6:00pm Reply
  • GuyWhoLikesPie

    Clarity > Bleed American > Static Prevails > Futures > Chase This Light > Damage > Invented > 1994 self-titled

    30 Apr 2:23pm Reply
  • wanbaclone

    Just what I own: Bleed American > Futures > Chase This Light > Clarity > Stay on My Side Tonight EP > Invented. I started following JEW circa Clarity, but I'm a bigger fan of the polished sound of Bleed American/Futures. Chase This Light is borderline sugary/saccharine production overload. Clarity has a lot of charm (see: Sky Harbor), but it's just not an album I reach for very often. Invented IS sugar overload.

    23 Apr 2:54pm Reply
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