So, at the time of writing this review, it’s been exactly a week since the Limelight show. I didn’t think I would need that much time to process the gig, but apparently I did. By the way, disclaimer: this review is basically what fangirling looks like in writing. I’ll try to be as balanced as I can but…you know…
Firstly, if you are on the lookout for some new music to listen to, I can’t recommend the support band from this gig, The Amazons, enough. They are a band from Reading who have some seriously rocking sounds. Heavy guitars, catchy lyrics with a slight indie attitude, and incredibly impressive live for a band who have not even released their first album yet. Stand out songs of theirs for me are ‘Ultraviolet’ and their new song ‘In My Mind.’
The Amazons did a great job of getting the sold-out crowd in Limelight riled up for the main act. By the time Jimmy Eat World were hitting the stage everyone was ready for a great night. In way of my geek-ing out over this band, I’d made a playlist of their set-list from their show a few nights earlier in London to prepare myself. The set-list was pretty good but, of course, for Belfast they shook it up and – somehow – made it even better.
The band came on stage to the anthemic tones of the opener from their new album, Integrity Blues, ‘You With Me.’ I thought this was a perfect album opener, and it seemed to be an even better opening song for a concert. The perfect mix between acoustic and electric guitars made you feel almost as though you were in the lively throws of a Mumford and Sons concert, which made the atmosphere unbelievable.
As the show went on, Jimmy Eat World played songs from almost every album in their back catalogue. Personally, for any show supporting a new album, I’m not a fan of hearing tonnes of new material as I’d prefer to just enjoy music I’m really familiar with, and Jimmy seemed to strike the balance perfectly. The stand out song for me was ’23’, the closing song from their 2004 album Futures. By this stage of the show, I’d made my way to the barrier right in front of singer and guitarist Jim Adkins, which was the perfect spot to hear such a beautifully raw song. The passion of the band towards their music was evident, with them all seeming in somewhat of a trance during instrumental sections of this song especially.
By the time the band came out for the encore of ‘The Middle’, new song ‘Sure and Certain’ and ‘Sweetness’, the crowd were screaming along word for word. It seemed as though everybody just wanted to stay in that moment for as long as possible. My love for this show went a bit further (perhaps too far….), with my friend and I booking flights and tickets to see the band two days later in Manchester at Manchester Academy as soon as we got home. That, once again, was a fantastic show…and I don’t regret anything…
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