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.