Jimmy Eat World
Juan de Fuca Recreation Centre, Victoria BC, July 13
Vocalist/guitarist Jim Adkins bustled with nervous energy and boyish charm (I'm sure he's sick of hearing that), while guitarist Tom Linton, bassist Rick Burch and drummer Zach Lind had an understated swagger to them that some mistook for boredom. The band's double shot of "Work" and "Kill," from Futures, was pure emo magic on stage, but strangely enough it was their rocked-out cover of Taylor Swift's "We Are Never Ever Getting Back Together" that brought the festival crowd to their feet. For a band that's made their career out of writing songs about the broken-hearted, it made perfect sense for Jimmy Eat World to bust out the ultimate tween-love-lost anthem.
Festival organizers got massive egg-faces when the main sound feed cut in and out multiple times during the poppy "Coffee and Cigarettes," leading the band to halt the song only a verse and a chorus in, Adkins handling it well by joking, "We meant to do that!" The stage-managing gods rewarded Jimmy Eat World a bit later by extending their set by two songs. And, yes, they finished their impressive Victoria festival appearance with their two biggest hits, "Sweetness" and "The Middle," which was predictable and quite satisfying.
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