Being dumped by their record label in 1999 may have been the best thing that ever happened to these guys. Since then they have broken through to the mainstream with #1 rock tracks like "The Middle
" and "Pain
Once on their own, they did a self-promoted tour of Europe using the van bought for them by the record company. They had never had records released anywhere but the United States.
In 2000, they played Germany's two biggest festivals, Bizarre and PopKomm, and in 2000 their 1999 album charted there. That helped raise money for future recordings.
They formed in Mesa, Arizona, in 1993. Adkins and Lind had been friends since preschool and wanted to start a band with a punk rock edge.
Signed to Capitol Records in 1995 after a mere few months of playing locally.
Their debut album, Static Prevails, sold only 10,000 copies, but it's just gone up from there with the platinum-certified Bleed American and gold-certified Futures.
"Jimmy" is Linton's younger brother, who had a weight problem. Adkins' younger brother drew a picture on Jimmy's door of him putting a globe in his mouth, and wrote on it "Jimmy Eat World." That's how they got their name.
Adkins believes in crafting an album as a collection of potential singles. "It might sound conceited or arrogant to say," he told Performing Songwriter, "but when we hand in a record, the whole thing is singles. I've always though that. That's the place you gotta be when you're done with an album - to think every song is worthy of a 'Hey, here's my band' kind of level."
Adkins on doing covers: "It's tough because there are two ways to approach a cover. One is the karaoke version, which is fun because you get to pretend like you're in that band. And the other, which I find more fun, is to pick out the parts you like or things that mean something - whether it's lyrics or progression - and throw away everything you don't like and work off that. The song won't sound anything like the original when you're done, but at that point it's yours."
In their early days, the band was saddled with the emo label. Rick Burch reflected on the term: "We thought it was unfair to all the bands [who were called emo]," he told Fort Worth Weekly. "Our music could be very emotional, but so was Fred Durst's [former frontman for Limp Bizkit]. All the so-called 'emo' groups played different styles of music, but [some music writers] decided to concentrate on just one side of our sound."