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“Is anyone here from the nineties?” Shouts frontman Jim Adkins about three quarters of the way through Jimmy Eat World‘s set. The answer from the crowd seems to be in the affirmative and it’s a shock to think that these veteran emo kids have been blasting out the hits for the best part of twenty-five years now.

This listener was a little bit obsessed back in the day. Jimmy Eat World soundtracked so many youthful experiences and, whether it was a happy occasion, or the dark, dark doom of yet another failed relationship, these boys were there to sing me through it. You sort of get the feeling that it’s been the same for the majority of the crowd here tonight and that is testament to what an unflinchingly magnificent band Jimmy Eat World are.

I suppose, if one were being churlish, they’ve never done much in the way of developing their sound but that’s easily countered by asking why the hell should they when they’ve got such a devoted fanbase?

There’s a good spread of material from across the years. Breakthrough album Clarity is represented with a blast through early hit Lucky Denver Mint and the fist pumping Blister, with tunes from latest record Integrity Blues woven throughout.

Jimmy Eat World’s biggest record, 2001’s Bleed American is given the most attention though, and when the band comes out for an encore, it’s the anthemic love letter to the scene A Praise Chorus that leads the charge. The Middle seems like an obvious crowd pleaser to end with, but considering making people happy is what they’ve done for over two decades  – do we really want or expect them to change now?

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