LIVE: Jimmy Eat World @ Academy, Manchester (13/09/2013)

Date: September 13th, 2013
Venue: Academy, Manchester
Support: We Are The Ocean


Eight albums in, with their latest effort ‘Damage’ hitting our ears earlier this year, Arizona’s Jimmy Eat World have remained considerably stable throughout their now 20 year long career. Their influence on the melodic rock circuit cannot be subsided, and it’s great to see the band back on the road once again for a full headline UK tour to promote the aforementioned full-length.

As their one and only support act, We Are The Ocean (***) follow in similar footsteps stylistically, but they haven’t quite got hooks as sharp as their headlining peers just yet. Still, frontman Liam Cromby has a mighty set of pipes on him, and it’s quite impressive to see how the band have progressed over the years; from post-hardcore club fillers, to nervous alt rockers following the departure of Dan Brown in 2012 to now getting half the crowd singing back lyrics to ‘The Waiting Room’ in an almost packed out Academy.

Now all warmed up, Jimmy Eat World (*****) step up to the plate and completely run with the tone already set by WATO. Right from the moment they begin opener ‘I Will Steal You Back’, almost every voice across the Academy room is singing back every lyric throughout their hefty 25-song long setlist. It features tracks from albums throughout their catalogue, including the heartstring tugging ‘Hear You Me’, the hard hitting ‘Pain’, to the call to arms wailing anthem that is ‘Sweetness’.

They may never have been, and probably never will be, one of those bands to plaster magazine covers and the bedroom walls of teenagers, but Jimmy Eat World are truly an act worth every mention of hype uttered about them. Their popularity, though admittedly dwindled, has not affected the quality of their songs or, most importantly, their live performance. Returning for an encore and wrapping things up with their chart bothered, ‘The Middle’, “everything will be alright” is more than an understatement.

Written by Zach Redrup