jimmy eat world at the catalyst

September 27, 2011
jimmy eat world
I'm going to briefly interrupt my Denmark posts for a little summary of the best concert of my life. When I was a little high school sophomore, Danny gave me my first Jimmy Eat World cd. And since Futures, I haven't looked back.


sound check
After listening to them (constantly) for almost seven years now, I still hadn't seen them in concert. I'd never seen a music video, read an interview, or seen any photos of them. Ever. Everything I knew about the band I knew only from their music. I didn't have a face to place with the voice-- I didn't know any of their names.

My love for them was purely based on their music and the memories I associated with their songs.

So when Norris and I got in line early to see them this past Saturday, my heart welled up as I heard them start their sound check before the show. The Catalyst is pretty small, and the staff are really laid back so I was able to sneak a peek of the band before the show started.

Then, after the opening band finished and the guys walked on stage, my heart did all kinds of somersaults. This was seven years of built up anticipation. Sometimes, when you see or hear bands live, you realize it's not the same music you fell in love with.

Jimmy Eat World met and exceeded my expectations beyond what I could have ever imagined. The moment I heard the opening chords to "Work" and "Hear You Me" I was at a loss after realizing how much these little songs meant to me. They were excellent performers (even when someone threw a bra at Jim) and I've never felt such contentment just standing (and dancing), soaking up words and melodies. Maybe I'm biased. Maybe I'm just nostalgic. But I'd accuse Jimmy Eat World of stealing my heart if I didn't still feel it so fully in my chest.

And after the concert, I met every member of the band-- along with Courtney who did back up vocals-- introducing myself and learning their names for the first time (although it's pretty bad I didn't realize Jim's name was Jim before I met him)!

Click here to see more photos from the concert.


  1. sounds like an amazing concert and an amazing experience :)

  2. I adore them!! And like you [until now], I've never seen them in concert. Their songs each bring back very specific memories or periods of my life. Ahh they're great. How cool you finally got to see them!! :)

  3. aw, 7 years in the making? i'm so glad you finally got to have this experience! they've been playing "the middle" on the radio a lot here and it always takes me back. plus, it's such an amazing song that i don't think i fully appreciated when i was younger. now i wish i could teach that song to all the young people. truth jimmy eat world!

  4. SO JEALOUS!! they are my favorite! :)

    "But I'd accuse Jimmy Eat World of stealing my heart if I didn't still feel it so fully in my chest."
    beautiful pictures. wish that i were you.