New Jimmy Eat World Single Coming Soon

Jimmy Eat World

The next single from Jimmy Eat World will be called “Place Your Debts” and is due out at the end of July. The band recently talked with Forbes about the freedom to release music at their own pace:

It’s just that sometimes we’re really excited about a catchy three-minute rock song, sometimes really excited about something that’s like seven minutes and very, very moody and absolutely no hope of Top 40 radio play. But that’s okay. That’s totally cool. Our core audience is pretty hard core. There’s definitely a group of people out there that’ll give us a shot, whether or not a song is on the radio. That’s all you can really hope for I think at the end of the day. Yeah, I don’t feel like we’re competing with anybody, you’re sort of competing with everybody, in a way you’re competing with everybody and no one at the same time. Which is kind of why like, “Okay, so yeah, we have 10 albums already. That’s a lot of material. We’re really gonna add another 12 songs to that? Okay, what are we not gonna play out live now?” It’s a lot to ask people like, “Dude, you got an hour? Check out my band.” It’s really what you’re asking people when you put out an album. I think in a weird way, more people will give a song a shot than maybe track nine on your album that you killed yourself to make. So if the goal is to get things in front of people that they might want to listen to or have a chance of being listened to, asking them for less of their time in one setting, you might actually get them to check it out.

And Zach added a little more detail in our forums:

For NOW we are doing this. Truth is after our touring cycle for Surviving vanished into thin air, the band body clock needs some time to adjust. In the end the thing that prob guides what we do is the music more than anything else. If the pieces feel like they are fitting together in a cohesive vision then that usually points to a larger collection of tunes. Sometimes, especially after releasing 5 albums in a row without an EP or a major stand alone single release, it’s nice to try something different.

Review: Jimmy Eat World – Bleed American

Jimmy Eat World - Bleed American

Some songs just linger in the cultural bloodstream. It’s impossible to predict, in the moment, which songs those will be. Occasionally, it’s the big hits, but it’s also often those same world-conquering smashes that end up sounding the most dated in retrospect. Usually, you have to wait years or even decades to see which songs have truly become songbook classics, once all the context and narrative and hype and promotion has drifted into distant memory. You have to get to the point where all that remains is the song itself and the mysterious, beguiling hold it somehow continues to have over people.

There’s a spectacular cover band in my hometown that mostly plays songs from the classic rock era. It’s not hard to see why: Those songs have been proven staples for so long that building a setlist around them is just a smart business decision. You can’t miss with “Bohemian Rhapsody” or “Don’t Stop Believin’” or “American Girl.” You can’t miss with The Beatles or The Stones. There are precisely two post-2000 songs that I remember regularly hearing in the setlist from this particular cover band. The first one was “Mr. Brightside.”

The second was “The Middle.”

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Jimmy Eat World Share Origins of New Graphic Novel

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Jimmy Eat World talked with Consequence about their upcoming graphic novel:

With all this backstory and with the video turning out rad, we felt it would be a shame to let it just end. The video pretty much is a live-action comic anyway. Z2 Comics was the best partner to do this with because they have experience working with people outside the comic world to make something good. They put me in touch with the writer, Alex Paknadel. I shared what I knew about the backstory and a very basic arc of where KLARRG could end up emotionally. After that I let him just go. He had total freedom to take it wherever he thought was interesting.

The illustrator Koren Shadmi was enlisted to draw because I felt his take on Sci-Fi was spot-on for the tone. Just a really great mix of presenting the unexplainable and unreal with a sense of total immersion, helplessness and struggle.