Jimmy Eat World, but first…Dublin!

Jimmy Wat World – Olympia Theatre Dublin, February 27th

Jim Adkins: guitar, vocals

Rick Burch: bass

Zach Lind: drums

Tom Linton: guitar, vocals

It has been six years since Jimmy Eat World played their first Irish gig and February 27th saw the clean living, nice guys of rock return to Dublin for an explosive performance in the Olympia. The band who are touring behind their newest album Chase This Light (Interscope Records) played a variety of songs from their six albums ranging from the upbeat new singles Big Casino and Always Be to some of their more sedate and melancholy tracks. The band seems to have two sides. One a heavy hardcore punk inspired side and a softer melodic side; it’s hard not to be moved by tracks like My Sundown or Hear You Me. The first makes their thousands of fans to jump hypnotically up and down in excitement and the second reduces them to tears. It is their gift for switching so flawlessly between the two that make Jimmy Eat World stand apart from other punk or indie bands. It is a genuine raw talent that always leaving the audience guessing what’s coming next and expectantly wanting more.

The band is quite unique and difficult to place into any one genre. They have been described as anything from hardcore punk, indie and even emo. It doesn’t matter how you describe them though the fan’s reaction in the Olympia was enough to tell that whatever they’re doing they’re doing it well.  They wowed crowds with celebrated punk tracks The Middle, Sweetness and Pain all of which helped them shoot to fame in the mid 90s.

Singer Jim Adkins remarked during the evening how the band have come a long way from their small town roots and from their banter with the audience it was easy to tell they are genuinely happy to be there.

Styrofoam was the perfect opening act for the show. Their arpeggiated and sometimes haunting melodies sounded like a mixture of the punk rock style which influenced Jimmy Eat World with just a touch of Moby. The frantically melodic Belgian newcomers were hugely well received by thousands of fans lucky enough to get a ticket to the sold out show.


About Jane Ward

I’m finally getting around to updating this section. I’m a recent Journalism graduate, and love flexing my writing muscles by updating this blog. I’ve had a fair bit of work published in a number of publications including student magazines and also in the national press. This blog isn’t the most serious one in the world as you may have noticed, it’s mostly for fun but I do try and post as much serious work as I can. More recently I’ve been involved in music journalism as it’s always been a passion of mine. I’m always open to submissions so if you have a demo or anything you’d like reviewed or previewed I’ll gladly post something. Hope you enjoy the blog
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1 Response to Jimmy Eat World, but first…Dublin!

  1. Its only been 4 years coz Trev went to them just before we got together!!

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