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Jimmy Eat World talk ‘Integrity Blues’: “Your enemy is you”

Jimmy Eat World‘s Jim Adkins has written an open letter to explain what upcoming album ‘Integrity Blues‘ is about.

“It is about throwing away your default responses to life, accept life on the terms of life and becoming willing to accept the best any of us have is to be in a state of progress,” starts the note.

“Emotional injury is usually our own making…our ego fighting to selectively ignore reality that may not reflect our expectations. When we allow a moment of honesty and look at the gap between our expectations and reality, all too often we find a place to identify as a victim. We take the disappointment gap personally. There is some kind of sick rewards in the imagined moral high ground. Self-righteousness leads to rationalizing tantrum behaviour (which is never a good look!) adding back into the feedback loop reinforcing a lack of self worth.

“Your enemy is you. And unfortunately you know every button to push, every hidden fear and every secret regret. You speak to yourself in your own voice. And you have a very convincing pitch to work against your betterment in the hopes of those finish-line type expectations, maybe… finally… bringing you a sene of peace this time.

“You break that reverse feedback loop of reinforcing negative self-worth through action.

“Doing your best to accept and live as a person in-progress doesn’t mean you are always going to be happy. Staying on the best path you can may feel like lonely work sometimes. But then, happiness is one of those fleeting finish lines. Integrity matters because if you let the answer of ‘Who do I need to be?’ inform your question ‘What should I do?’…there just isn’t room for that negativity cycle to get traction.”

‘Integrity Blues’ is out October 21st and the band have just announced a run of dates to celebrate the release.

07 Park City Live – Park City, Ut
09 The Gothic Theatre – Denver, Co
10 Sokol Auditorium – Omaha, Ne
11 Barrymore Theatre – Madison, Wi
13 Newport Music Hall – Columbus, Oh
14 Mercury Ballroom – Louisville, Ky
15 Bogarts – Cincinnati, Oh
16 The Blue Note – Columbia, Mo
18 Granada Theatre – Lawrence, Ks
19 Black Sheep – Colorado Springs, Co
22 Fear Farm (93.3 Alt Az Zombie Prom) – Phoenix, Az
23 The Roxy – Los Angeles, Ca
24 The Freemont Theatre – San Luis Obispo, Ca
27 The Glass House – Pomona, Ca
28 Arlington Theater – Santa Barbara, Ca
29 Troubadour – Los Angeles, Ca

04 Guildhall – Southampton, Uk
05 Troxy – London, Uk
07 Olympia Theatre – Dublin, Ire
08 Limelight – Belfast, Ire
09 Barrowland – Glasgow, Uk
10 Academy – Manchester, Uk
12 Im Wizemann – Stuttgart, Ger
13 Schuur – Lucerne, Swi
15 Grosse Freiheit – Hamburg, Ger
16 Skater’s Palace – Munster, Ger
17 Schlachthof – Wiesbaden, Ger
19 O2 Academy – Bristol, Uk
20 O2 Academy Birmingham – Birmingham, Uk

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