Drusky Entertainment Presents
Jimmy Eat World - www.JimmyEatWorld.com
1630 Smallman Street
Pittsburgh, PA, 15222
Doors 7:00 PM / Show 8:00 PM
This event is all ages
Jimmy Eat World
Invented, the sixth full-length album by Jimmy Eat World, contains the signature big hooks and sing-along melodies for which the band has become famous. Fans of the band's older hits like "The Middle," "Sweetness," and "Pain" will find lots to grab onto…and those same fans will be happy to learn that Mark Trombino, who served as a producer on the band's first three albums Static Prevails, Clarity and Bleed American, is again at the helm for Invented. While the music is "classic Jimmy Eat World," the lyrics come from a completely different place than ever before.
Jim Adkins, the band's primary lyricist, credits this new lyrical direction to an exercise he created for himself as the band was putting the finishing touches on their previous album, Chase This Light. At the time, Adkinshad recently discovered two books -- Cindy Sherman's "Completely Untitled Film Still" series and Hannah Starkey's "Photographs 1997-2007" and became taken with the creation of his own back stories for each photo. "I would take about ten minutes and blast through every aspect of the scene that came to me. Who was this particular character and who were the people in her life? How did she end up in this scene?" Adkins says, "It was intended to be a writing exercise -- much like an exercise lots of people employ every day called 'object writing.' The point wasn't to get material for Jimmy Eat World songs, it was only to get my brain in a mindset for working. Eventually, though, ideas developed in those sessions did start creeping into songs. The album title 'Invented' refers to a song which I feel sums up the mood here," Adkins adds, "but could also be taken more literally as this album is the deepest into character writing we have tried so far."
The reconnection with producer Mark Trombino occurred in San Diego during the band's sold-out national tour commemorating the 10-year anniversary for the album Clarity.
Jimmy Eat World got their start in 1994 and has gained a reputation for being a band of great perseverance and hard work. Since the 1999 release of their breakthrough debut album Clarity, they've sold millions of records, have had numerous top ten singles at Modern Rock Radio, appeared on Saturday Night Live and have toured with Foo Fighters, Green Day and Weezer. Jimmy Eat World will be on the road for the next year plus in support of Invented.
Brotherhood - that's what defines Brooklyn's X Ambassadors, whose album Litost was just released digitally this January. Though the band officially started in 2006, three of the members, Sam Harris, his brother Casey Harris and middle school friend Noah Feldshuh had been playing together for years.
Ambassadors started as a college band. Sam, Adam and Noah were all attending the New School while Casey worked as a piano tuner. It wasn't until 2010 that they were able to completely commit full time to the band, with Noah on lead guitar, Sam on vocals and back up guitar, Casey on keyboard and Adam on drums. "When we first started up, we were looking for a bass player, and nothing clicked. We rely on each other and weren't going to give up the four- piece if it threatened the chemistry within the band." They immediately started work on their debut album, but a couple of months before they were slated to record, disaster struck.
Due to a medical condition that had plagued Casey since childhood, he needed to have a kidney transplant. His mother volunteered and gave him her kidney. Two of Sam's family members were in the hospital recovering. All members of the band had been hibernating in the winter, meditating over the experience. Casey was recuperating in a cabin upstate. While this was taking place, in an effort to deal with his surroundings, Sam started writing the songs for Ambassadors' eventual debut record, Litost. Adam and Noah would often join him in the process and they would work with their sound. What resulted is a record filled with both darkness and hope, songs that are groove based ("Unconsolable") and some that are truly anthemic ("Bodybag").
Once Casey had fully recovered it was time for the band to record. What came out was a phenomenal genre bending rock album, influenced by everyone from the Stooges and Phil Spector, to George Harrison and Ginuwine.
"I wanted to go all out with this record. We had written all of these songs in this sort of lax environment, but I didn't want the record to mirror that," according to Sam. "I wanted it to be big and bombastic, and right away you could connect to these songs, and I think that's what we achieved."
X Ambassadors' debut LP Litost is available now.