Jimmy Eat World & Moses

September 8, 2016
Islington Assembly Hall, London

Judging from the way Moses ripped it up, someone forgot to tell them they weren’t the headliners!

Moses

Moses

Singer Victor was a blur of limbs and hair in a wildly expressive performance. His vocal style was distinctive, verging on spoken word as he enunciated every syllable to drive the message home.

Moses

Moses

Moses

He only stopped briefly for the quiet track Waiting. In the briefest pauses, there was a soaring quality to the backing vocals. Victor crouched at the edge of the stage, ready to pounce as soon as the band brought the beat back.

Moses

Moses

Juno, especially, was a quiet star on bass; loving every second of the show with the broadest smile imaginable.

Moses

Moses

Jimmy Eat World‘s breakthrough album Bleed American was released less than two months before 9/11, and in the wake of the tragedy the title was too much for America to bear. Out of respect, the album was renamed Jimmy Eat World and the title track single became Salt, Sweat, Sugar.  15 years later, the song has its original name back, and its original purpose; inspiring life-affirming singalongs.

Jimmy Eat World Fans

The tracks of Bleed American were certainly well represented in the 19 song set. A Praise Chorus was particularly popular, and the crowd practically drowned the band out when singing along to the tender track Hear You Me.

Jimmy Eat World

Jimmy Eat World

Jimmy Eat World

Other set highlights included Lucky Denver Mint and Work; the opening notes inspired screams of joy.

Jimmy Eat World

“Ageing is not a choice” said singer Jim Adkins; one of many references to the passage of time. Emo has come and gone, alt-rock has changed, but UK support for Jimmy Eat World is clearly as strong as ever.

Jimmy Eat World

Jimmy Eat World’s new single Sure and Certain was reassuringly promising, and it was reassuringly flanked in the encore by two ultimate fan favourites.

Jimmy Eat World

First was The Middle, a song that got many in the crowd through many tough times. The show was closed out with Sweetness, a riotous singalong with just enough woah-ohs to tide the fans over until the band’s UK shows in November, just announced at http://www.jimmyeatworld.com/

Jimmy Eat World

Jimmy Eat World’s new album, Integrity Blues, comes out on October 21.

Jimmy Eat World

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