hmv.com reviews... Jimmy Eat World @ O2 Academy Bristol
Jimmy Eat World brought their new album Integrity Blues to Bristol over the weekend and we were there to catch them in action...
Arizona rockers Jimmy Eat World touring their ninth album Integrity Blues.
In a very rammed Bristol Academy.
Any good supports?
The Amazons from Reading are definitely ones to keep an eye on this year. Their set feels over all too quickly but they certainly make up for it in impact. The singles they’ve released so far including 'Stay With Me' and 'Ultraviolet' are great indie rock tunes with 'In My Mind' having one of the dirtiest riffs of the year so far. New single 'Little Something' due to be released this week could be their best yet with a rock sound that will surely see them gracing festival stages later this summer.
Was it full? And how were the crowd?
The Academy is packed with the very polite crowd still squeezing in for space. Throughout the room there are pockets of people jumping up and down in unison but everyone is in full voice particularly for the hits.
So what was the set like? What did they play?
It plays out like a 'Greatest Hits' set tonight with stops from all of their albums but material mainly from their new release and fan favourites 'Bleed American' and 'Futures'. 'Get Right' gets the ball rolling and eases the crowd into it which moves into 'Bleed American' and that’s when things start to move up another gear.
'Big Casino' and 'I Will Steal You Back' both see big sing alongs during the chorus but the tender 'Hear You Me' has everybody arms aloft singing from start to end. It then gets a little heavier with new album highlight 'Pass The Baby' ending with a monstrous sound coming from every member of the band. 'Just Tonight…' is also a real treat the first of many songs to be played from their 2004 album 'Futures'.
They then hark back towards earlier material in the forms of 'Lucky Denver Mint' and 'For Me This Is Heaven'. 'Always Be' never fails to be one of those songs that can’t put a smile on your face. It seems to be a theme with 'Jimmy Eat World' songs that they all feel really uplifting and is one of the reasons why they have had such a loyal fanbase for over two decades now.
The triple hit of '23', 'Work' and 'Pain' from 'Futures' is a clear highlight for a lot of the audience members and rightly so. Coming back for the encore the biggest cheer of the night comes from the opening riff of 'The Middle' which sees everybody on the floors and balconies go crazy. 'Sure And Certain' off of 'Integrity Blues' is a slight change in pace but everything is filled with such warmth and energy from both the band and crowd.
You won’t find many songs that are as catchy and infectious as 'Sweetness' which perfectly ends of the set. The feeling of thousands of fans singing the 'Woah’s' during each verse feels somewhat euphoric and you can’t help but dance along with it. They are quiet rightly left with rapturous applause to the chants of 'Jimmy' as they triumphantly leave the stage.
Did they put on much of a show?
Two large streetlamps grace either side of the stage along with various flashing lights which fill the back wall. It certainly feels as though the band are truly grateful for everyone here thanking them throughout the set.
What was the highlight of the set?
Even with a very strong back catalogue its new song 'Pass The Baby' which really stands out tonight. It feels a lot more ambitious compared to their previous material. It opens in a calm yet sinister way which culminates in their heaviest moment to date with a riff reminiscent of 'Down' or 'Pantera' at their loudest. You can see the crowd really getting into the swing of things.
Where can I catch them next?
Their final show of the UK tour is over now, however it is likely that they’ll be back sometime in the summer when it comes to festival season.