See ’em live
Who: Jimmy Eat World, David Bazan and Band
When: 9 p.m. Saturday
Where: The Lyric Oxford
Cost: $25/advance, $30/day of show
Info: The Lyric Oxford’s site
BY SHEENA BARNETT
OXFORD – From the raw rock ‘n’ roll of its second CD, “Static Prevails,” to its sure and slick seventh album, “Invented,” Jimmy Eat World has a lot of material to choose from to create a set list.
That’s a good problem to have, really.
Jimmy Eat World, made up of guitarist and lead singer Jim Adkins, guitarist Tom Linton, drummer Zach Lind and bass player Rick Burch, has seen its share of success since forming in 1993.
The guys have racked up a slew of hits, from early ones like “Lucky Denver Mint” to smashes like “The Middle,” “Sweetness” and “Pain,” to newer cuts like “My Best Theory,” “Always Be” and “Big Casino.”
When Jimmy Eat World plays in Oxford this weekend, fans can expect a little bit of everything.
“We do an even balance from all the records, and then we’ll do a couple extra songs from the new record,” Linton said in a phone interview from Fredericksburg, Va. “We usually get into fights – it’s usually about the set lists, believe it or not.”
Jimmy Eat World is on tour to promote “Invented,” which was released in October. This tour is taking the band to plenty of new venues.
“We haven’t played a lot of these places for a long time. It’s like, Athens, Ga., – it’s the first time we’ve ever played there,” he said.
Jimmy Eat World has an excellent rep as a live band, and Linton said that’s because the band takes touring seriously.
“We try to get the best people for lighting show, and the best sound people. We put a lot of thought into our live show,” he said. “I think people will have fun if they’ve never seen us before.”
Still, being in the studio is where the band feels most comfortable.
“The main thing for us is probably the recording process. You can’t really tour unless you have songs you feel happy with, so I think the recording part is first and the touring is second,” he said.
Linton said Jimmy Eat World is excited about its Oxford show.
“We’ve never played there before,” he said. “Come on out – we hope you enjoy it.”
Hey, Tom Linton of Jimmy Eat World, what’s on your iPod?
“There’s a band I like called Spiritualized. I like Beck a lot. There’s a band called Elbow that’s really cool, and The Kinks.”