Jimmy Eat World: ‘Phoenix Sessions’ Album Performance Streams Are a Must-Watch (‘Futures’ This Weekend, ‘Clarity’ Up Next)


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Arizona-based alt/rock/indie band Jimmy Eat World amassed significant attention in the early 2000s with a string of solid albums, relentless touring and the earworm that was “The Middle” (from 2001’s Bleed American). For the past few weeks, the band has been sharing full-album live stream performances of a trio of records, including 2019’s Surviving, as a means of staying busy and keeping dedicated fans entertained at home.

The final two albums to receive the full-album live stream performance treatment are 2004’s Futures — long considered one of Jimmy Eat World’s strongest, and a fan favorite to this day — and 1999’s Clarity, the album that put the group on the minds of many and precipitated their mainstream breakthrough a few years later.

The Futures performance premiered on Friday, and will be available On Demand for 72 hours after its initial premiere … so if you’re interested in the show, click here to secure your viewing opportunity — but don’t wait too long!

More details, per a news release:

Recorded at the Icehouse in Phoenix, AZ, the virtual events will feature the band performing each album in its entirety for a full concert experience.  Each show will start at 2pm PST / 5pm EST / 10pm GMT / 11pm CET and will be available on demand for 72 hours post stream at JimmyEatWorldLive.com.

The Clarity album performance will air on Feb. 12.

After watching Friday’s Futures premiere, it’s clear that the band — Jim Adkins, Zach Lind, Tom Linton, Rick Burch, and Robin Vining — seems truly energized by the chance to play these songs. Visually, the performance is riveting, special lighting installments illuminating the stage as the band tears into tracks like “Just Tonight,” “Pain,” “Night Drive,” “Polaris,” and the rest of the record.

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The COVID-19 pandemic may have ruined the chance for bands and fans to connect in-person for quite a while, but a live stream gig this engaging is a more than solid consolation for the time being.

Said Adkins in a statement about the full-album streams:

“We are always looking for ways to challenge ourselves, to do things as music fans that we think would be cool for OUR fans. We came up with the idea of presenting a series of concert films centered around a few specific albums (for now) and performing them on a different level. It isn’t the way we normally play a show and it’s definitely something new for how we approach a performance, but we haven’t been able to share the experience with our fans in over a year … so here we go!”

Futures found Jimmy Eat World in its element, creatively, blending Adkins’s emotive vocals and lyricism with catchy, dark-tinged alt/rock energy, while slowing things down a bit for moody, atmospheric midtempo experiments. There’s a reason the album is revered among fans, and it was an obvious choice to turn into this immersive live stream experience.

Be sure to watch the stream before it goes away.


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