10pm is kind of late for a show on a Wednesday night. But when a band like Jimmy Eat World stops at a club like Washington D.C.’s 9:30 Club, you would have to be a fool to not suck it up, and head out for the night. We arrived about an hour early, and there was already a line. D.C. has an active music scene – people here love their live music. Some of the country’s best music venues are right here, including the 9:30 Club.
Jimmy Eat World is currently on tour celebrating the 10 year anniversary of the release of their 2004 release Futures. The show was sold out (for months) and by the time the doors of the 9:30 Club opened, there was a line past the end of the block. It didn’t take very long for both floors of the venue to fill.
Joining Jimmy Eat World on their Futures Tour is Minibosses, a band best known for their spot-on instrumental covers of video game songs. If you’re interested in hearing what that might sound like, Minibosses allow fans to download free songs on their website. They played covers of Super Mario Brothers 2, Tecmo Bowl, and Megaman before wrapping up their set around 11pm.
Jimmy Eat World, who has been active for over 20 years, are just as good now as they ever were. When the band took the stage, they jumped directly into their work from Futures, and played every song on the the album, front to back. Futures, which includes the hit songs “Pain“, “Work”, and the title track “Futures” (to name just a few…) is a solid album from the band, and Jimmy Eat World can play the songs live just as good as they sound on the album. I grew up listening to this band – “Polaris” was one of my favorite songs at one time, and still ranks pretty high today. There’s something to be said about seeing a band in an intimate venue like the 9:30 Club. When its an artist who you loved in your youth, you seem to hold them to a higher standard. Jimmy Eat World delivered, on every level.
Jim Adkins and company played Futures in order, and in its entirety. One could have left the show with only that, and been 100% satisfied. Jimmy Eat World left the stage after playing “23”, and returned only moments later. The band continued to play, pulling songs from their whole discography. Their encore included songs such as “Blister” from 1999’s Clarity, and “Disintegration” from 2005’s Stay On My Side Tonight EP.
Jimmy Eat World left the stage after “Disintegration”, and while being a great song, it doesn’t really work well as a song to close out a concert. Along with that, fans still had not been treated to some of Jimmy Eat World’s biggest hits. After another break, the band took the stage for their second encore. This time, Jimmy Eat World opted to include songs from their newer material, like “I Will Steal You Back“, which comes from their latest record, Damage. The band also played “My Best Theory” from Invented, before wrapping up the show with two of their biggest hits – “Bleed America” and of course, “Sweetness”.
Based on the venue, and the bands extensive catalog, I was really excited for this show. I fully expected an amazing show, and Jimmy Eat World didn’t only fulfill that expectation, they completely blew it out of the water. The only other thing I would have liked to see is “Big Casino” and “Hear You Me”, but you can’t expect to see every single song. I highly recommend that you find a way to see Jimmy Eat World live. Track them, stalk them, do whatever you have to do in order to find a ticket to their show. Trust me.
The World You Love
Drugs or Me
I Will Steal You Back
My Best Theory