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Jimmy Eat World

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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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