Published Jul 08, 2015Seeking a bit of Clarity, it would seem, Jimmy Eat World frontman Jim Adkins has announced he's taking a bit of a break from the long-running emo rock group to focus on a solo career. He will kick off a new singles series by the end of the week.
Adkins will deliver six online singles every Friday between July 10 and August 14. The recently recorded tracks are a mix of original material and covers songs, with Adkins putting a signature twist on tracks by the Everly Brothers ("Give Me a Sweetheart"), Beck ("Don't Act Like Your Heart Isn't Hard") and Cyndi Lauper ("Girls Just Want to Have Fun"). After appearing online, these songs will be collected on a trio of 7-inches that hit stores and turntables on September 11.
A blog post on the Jimmy Eat World site earlier this year explained that Adkins had hit Hollywood's Conway Studios with producer Ryan Perez-Daple to put work into a forthcoming solo album. It's unclear at present if the aforementioned originals will appear on the as-yet-undetailed album.
While Adkins has played solo shows in the past, these are his first official releases outside of Jimmy Eat World.
"2015 seemed like as good a time as any to take a second and experiment with life outside the pattern," he said of his decision to go it alone. "In the past I have been involved with solo work, playing mostly benefit concerts locally in my home of Arizona. Toward the end of our last European tour I decided to stick around and play a solo show in Berlin, DE. I thought to myself: hey, this is different and also pretty fun... I could keep going. So why not?"
Fittingly, Adkins has unveiled solo tour plans this summer, with U.S. and European dates booked between July and September. There are no Canadian gigs on the docket. You'll find his full schedule, which also includes a few Jimmy Eat World dates, down below.
Jim Adkins Digital Singles Schedule:
July 10 "I Will Go"
July 17 "Give Me A Sweetheart" (Everly Brothers cover) / "I Will Go" b-side
July 24 "Love Don't Wait"
July 31 "Don't Act Like Your Heart Isn't Hard" (Beck cover) / "Love Don't Wait" b-side
August 7 "Hell"
August 14 "Girls Just Want To Have Fun" (Cyndi Lauper cover) / "Hell" b-side
07/08 Durham, NC - Motorco Music Hall
07/09 Columbia, SC - New Brookland Tavern
07/11 Birmingham, AL - Saturn
07/12 Little Rock, AR - Juanita's Cantina Ballroom
07/13 Springfield, MO - The Outland Ballroom
07/14 Columbia, MO - Rose Music Hall
07/15 Maquoketa, IA - Codfish Hollow Barn
07/17 Colorado Springs, CO - Black Sheep
07/18 Fort Collins, CO - Hodi's Half Note
07/20 Billings, MT - The Pub Station
07/21 Missoula, MT - Stage 112
07/22 Spokane, WA - The Bartlett
07/24 Bellingham, WA - The Shakedown
07/25 Bend, OR - The Annex
07/27 Oakland, CA - Oakland Metro Operahouse
07/28 Los Angeles, CA - Masonic Lodge At Hollywood Forever Cemetery
08/17 Numberg, Germany - Serenadenhof Open Air
08/18 Hamburg, Germany - Nochtspeicher
08/20 Stockholm, Sweden - Bar Brooklyn
08/21 Oslo, Norway - Parktheater Bar
08/22 Copenhagen, Denmark - Ideal Bar
08/24 Amsterdam, Holland - Paradiso
08/25 Cologne, Germany - Kulturkirche
08/26 Essen, Germany - Bergmannskirche
08/28 Munich, Germany - Ampere
08/29 Berlin, Germany - Passionkirche
08/31 Tel Aviv, Israel - Barby
09/02 Birmingham, UK - Glee Club
09/03 Glasgow, UK - Cottiers Theatre
09/04 Manchester, UK - Royal Northern College of Music
09/05 London, UK - Union Chapel
09/07 Brussels, Belgium - Rotonde
09/08 Paris, France - Le Backstage
09/09 Neuenkirchen, Germany - Reithalle
09/10 Prague, Czech Republic - Café v lese
09/12 Vienna, Austria - Chaya Fuera
09/13 Zurich, Switzerland - El Dorado
09/14 Bologna, Italy - Locomotiv
09/16 Barcelona, Spain - Capilla del Monasterio romanico de Sant Miguel
09/17 Madrid, Spain - Teatro Alfil
09/25 Tempe, AZ - Tempe Beach Park, Summer Ends Music Festival*
10/03 San Bernardino, CA - San Manuel Amphitheater*
*Jimmy Eat World shows