Damage (song)

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Damage (song)
Damage Single Record Store Day 2013 Cover
Written: 2012-01 to 2012-10
Released: 2013-06-11
Length: 3:08
Label: RCA Records, Exotic Location Recordings
Writer: Jimmy Eat World
Producer: Alain Johannes, Jimmy Eat World

Damage is a track off of the eighth studio album by Jimmy Eat World. It was released on 2013-06-11, through RCA Records, Exotic Location Recordings.The band started writing new material in early 2012. The album is often described as an adult breakup album.

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[Verse 1]

I want someone who lives up to this grandeur in my head

And you don’t do much to sell me I’d be best with you instead

I hate the way I feel, but I don’t think I can change

I just breathe you each day


Are we only damaging the little we have left?

Both of us swimming in the same polluted mess

Are we too damaged now to possibly connect?

To honestly connect?

[Verse 2]

A lot of time’s been wasted putting off doing the work

If we both step up to own it then I’ll take what’s coming first

Of everything you say, it’s the truth that really hurts

But how could that be worse?



I’ll say when I’m ready

You’ll know when I’m ready

When I’m ready

(are we only damaging, damaging)


Recording Details

Jimmy Eat World released their seventh album Invented in 2010-09-28 [1] which marked the end of their recording contract with DGC Records and Interscope Records, enabling the band to become "free agents" [2] As Invented's touring was ending in late 2011 they came in with the mindset of writing new songs and starting recording. "Our goal is to just try to get it out a lot faster than we have in the past. It’s usually taken three years to get a record released. We want to do it a bit faster this time around. Three years is a little bit too long, I think." said Tom Linton. [3]

The band began writing new material for their next album in early 2012. [4] In 2012-03, Jim Adkins debuted two new songs, Book of Love and You Were Good, during a solo show. [5] In 2012-07 Zach Lind revealed that the group were expecting to record within a month. [6] [7] The recording process for the new record contrasted the band's previous two studio albums, Chase This Light and Invented, both of which were done at the band's rehearsal space in Arizona. [8] On 2012-09-05 the group begun recording, at engineer and producer [9]Alain Johannes' house in Los Angeles, California [10] recording their next album with analog tape and Pro Tools [4] [11] [12]. During recording they took advantage of the variety of instruments at Alain's house including 12 string guitars [13], resonator guitars [14] and organ [15] [16]

more [17]. Recording proceeded very quickly with the band feeling halfway done in 15 days [10] and by 2012-10-05 they had finished and were waiting to mix the recordings. [18] [19] Mixing was finished by 2012-11-30 [20] [21] and mastering began in early 2012-12 [22]. Recording with analog tape and Pro Tools and as a result, Adkins said the sound was "raw and warm. ... There was less an emphasis on it being clean and perfect ... [and] more about the performance than it sounding pristine. And I think it feels better for what the songs are." [4] Discussing Johannes' contributions, Adkins stated that he had "the best ideas. For what we wanted to do he felt like the right guy. We have a better idea of what we want now, so we didn't need someone that was heavy-handed. We wanted someone to be more like a partner, an ideas guy with fresh ears." [8] The result musically was a power pop [23] and rock album [24] reminiscent of the band's own Bleed American [25]. Similar to Invented, which roughly revolved around a theme, Damage was "an attempt at making an adult breakup record", according to Adkins. The "consequences to what the characters are going through are more significant. ... I'm 37 and the world around me is a lot different than when I was writing breakup songs in my 20s. I tried to reflect that in what the lyrics are." [4] Akins intentionally wrote love songs, the kind that attracted him dealt with "adversity and emotional injury. If you have a happy song about how happy you are, ... [t]here's no story there for me. I can't have any empathy." [8] He compared the process of writing the lyrics to that of the band's third studio album, Clarity, stating: "...that's how I approached a lot of emotional things in those days. It's the observation and experience of the world around you, and you develop the ideas from that. ... [With Damage] I'm asking myself the same kinds of questions about things, it's just that I'm in a different place in life, a completely different environment." [26]

On 2013-04-03, Damage was announced for release in June. In addition, the album's track listing and artwork were revealed [27]. The cover, created by Morning Breath Inc, uses a minimalistic approach: an umbrella that is radiating sunlight against blue fog [28]. In 2013-05, the group embarked on a brief US tour, dubbed the Arizona "Home-State" Tour and began streaming I Will Steal You Back, which was followed up by a lyric video, and then a video. [29] [30] [31]Followed up by Damage which was announced as a Record Store Day single for 2013-04-20 release [32] and made available for streaming on 2013-06-03 through the band's website [33]. The album was released on 2013-06-11, through RCA Records, Exotic Location Recordings. [15] Regarding RCA, Adkins noted: "There's a lot of people there we've just crossed paths with over the years and who have been really supportive of us even if they didn't have a stake in how our records did." [4]

The title-track sees the narrator witness his partner leave amidst broken promises and big expectations. According to Adkins, the song's bridge section was based on an idea he had since 1998. [34] reflecting on the bridge Jim Adkins states "The bridge section on that is probably the oldest thing that exists on that record. That came from an idea that I had maybe in '98 that for just whatever reason never ended up as a fleshed out part. In some ways things have kind of come back to a simpler mindset. I think we sort of focus on what feels right and trusting our judgement and walking away from it when it's done” [35]


On 2013-04-03 the album was announced, including track listing and artwork, for release in June.

On 2013-04-20 a 7" vinyl single for Record Store Day was released, which also included a performance at Fingerprints Music, Long Beach, CA [36]

The song was then played throughout the brief US tour, dubbed the Arizona "Home-State" Tour.

On 2013-06-01 the group played the track along with I Will Steal You Back Jimmy Kimmel Live!. [37]

On 2013-07-23 the group appeared on Conan performing the track. alongside We Are Never Ever Getting Back Together (Taylor Swift Cover)[38]

On 2013-08-06 the track was released as a radio single [39]


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Other Versions

Live at iTunes Festival: London 2013

iTunes Festival: London 2013 Digital Album Cover
iTunes Festival: London 2013 Digital Album Cover

This is a digital only release of a live recording from the iTunes Festival (now known as the Apple Music Festival) held at The Roundhouse, Camden Town, UK on 2013-11-11. See iTunes Festival: London 2013 for details.

See Also


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  2. https://www.gigwise.com/news/43950/exclusive-jimmy-eat-world-announce-new-album-details, Exclusive: Jimmy Eat World Announce New Album Details, Mateus, Luisa, 2008-06-18, Gigwise, Gigwise, 2021-03-02, Speaking to Gigwise at the Download festival, Burch said that the band were considering self releasing when their Interscope contract comes to a close, possibly following in the footsteps of Nine Inch Nails. “It’s something we won’t count out. We have one more album to do on our current label, and after that I think we’re free agents. We’ll see what happens then,” Buch said.,
  3. http://www.theaquarian.com/2011/06/01/interview-with-tom-linton-from-jimmy-eat-world-re-invented/, Interview with Tom Linton from Jimmy Eat World: Re-Invented, Fioletta, Alicia, 2011-06-01, The Aquarian Weekly, The Aquarian Weekly, 2021-03-02,
  4. 4.0 4.1 4.2 4.3 4.4 https://www.rollingstone.com/music/music-news/jimmy-eat-worlds-next-album-is-an-adult-breakup-record-181201/, Jimmy Eat World's Next Album Is an 'Adult Breakup Record', Zemler, Emily, 2013-04-03, Rolling Stone, Rolling Stone, 2021-03-02, https://web.archive.org/web/20130403221601/http://www.rollingstone.com/music/news/jimmy-eat-worlds-next-album-an-adult-breakup-record-20130403, 2013-04-03
  5. https://www.altpress.com/news/jim_adkins_jimmy_eat_world_performs_new_songs_live_catch_the_band_at_bamboo/, Jim Adkins (Jimmy Eat World) performs new songs live; catch the band at Bamboozle, Yancey, Bryne, 2012-03-29, Alternative Press, Alternative Press, 2021-03-02,
  6. https://www.altpress.com/news/entry/jimmy_eat_world_to_record_new_album_in_about_a_month, Jimmy Eat World to record new album "in about a month", Common, Tyler, 2012-07-31, Alternative Press, Alternative Press, 2021-03-02, https://web.archive.org/web/20171224174237/https://www.altpress.com/news/entry/jimmy_eat_world_to_record_new_album_in_about_a_month, 2017-12-24
  7. https://twitter.com/zlind76/status/228906892364222464?s=20, Lind, Zach, 2012-07-27, Twitter, 2021-03-02, @ryanferreira2 we'll be recording a new album in about a month from now.,
  8. 8.0 8.1 8.2 https://www.musicradar.com/news/guitars/jimmy-eat-worlds-jim-adkins-on-damage-gear-and-love-songs-575411, Jimmy Eat World's Jim Adkins on Damage, gear and love songs, Chamberlain, Rich, 2013-06-06, MusicRadar, MusicRadar, 2021-03-02,
  9. https://twitter.com/jimmyeatworld/status/248837415828070400?s=20, Jimmy Eat World, Twitter, 2012-09-20 11:33 AM, 2021-03-02, For those asking, Alain Johannes is engineering and producing the new album. Check him out here: http://alainjohannes.com #fb,
  10. 10.0 10.1 https://twitter.com/jimmyeatworld/status/248806582136217600?s=20, Jimmy Eat World, 2012-09-20 9:31 AM, Twitter, 2021-03-02, Recording Update: We're recording in L.A. and it is going very well so far. We're half way done. No album name or release date is set.,
  11. https://www.altpress.com/news/jimmy_eat_world_recording_new_album/, Jimmy Eat World recording new album, Bird, Michele, 2012-09-05, Alternative Press, Alternative Press, 2021-03-02,
  12. https://twitter.com/jimmyeatworld/status/243412487536521216?s=20, Jimmy Eat World, 2012-09-05 12:17 PM, Twitter, 2021-03-02, Today we begin our 1st full day of recording for our 8th album. We're very excited to be working with engineer/producer Alain Johannes. #fb,
  13. https://www.instagram.com/p/QGEfygnB-y/, Jimmy Eat World, 2012-09-27, Instagram, 2021-03-02, 12 String Tom. #album8,
  14. https://www.instagram.com/p/Pxi0hqnByv/, 2012-09-19, Instagram, 2021-03-02, First time we ever used one of these. #album8, 2021-03-02,
  15. 15.0 15.1 Damage 88883725092, Jimmy Eat World, 2013, RCA Records/Exotic Location Recordings,
  16. https://diffuser.fm/jimmy-eat-world-interview-2013-damage/, Jimmy Eat World Discuss Getting ‘Lucky’ With ‘The Middle,’ Recording New Album ‘Damage’, 2021-03-02,
  17. https://www.instagram.com/p/QBBbx9nB04/, Jimmy Eat World, 2021-09-25, Instagram, 2021-03-02, Tom and Jim. #teamwork #album8,
  18. https://www.altpress.com/news/jimmy_eat_world_finish_tracking_new_album/, Jimmy Eat World finish tracking new album, Kraus, Brian, 2012-10-06, Alternative Press, Alternative Press, 2021-03-02,
  19. https://twitter.com/jimmyeatworld/status/254335513882927104?s=20, Jimmy Eat World, 2012-10-05 3:41 PM, Twitter, 2021-03-02, Our newest album is officially recorded. We had a fantastic time with Alain Johannes! No we wait to mix. Can't wait to show you guys! #fb,
  20. https://www.altpress.com/news/jimmy_eat_world_finish_mixing_new_album/, Jimmy Eat World finish mixing new album, Kraus, Brian, 2012-12-01, Alternative Press, Alternative Press, 2021-03-02,
  21. https://twitter.com/jimmyeatworld/status/274654148279017472?s=20, Jimmy Eat World, 2012-11-30 4:20 PM, Twitter, 2021-03-02, Our new album is completely mixed. We think it sounds fantastic. Now on to mastering. #fb,
  22. https://www.deadpress.co.uk/news-jimmy-eat-world-confirm-currently-mastering-their-upcoming-studio-album/, NEWS: Jimmy Eat World confirm currently mastering their upcoming studio album!, Ronde, Yasmin La, 2012-12-03, Dead Press!, Dead Press!, 2021-03-02,
  23. https://consequenceofsound.net/2013/06/album-review-jimmy-eat-world-damage/?new=true, Album Review: Jimmy Eat World - Damage, Bray, Ryan, 2013-06-09, Consequence of Sound, Consequence of Sound, 2021-03-02,
  24. https://www.allmusic.com/album/damage-mw0002537855, Damage - Jimmy Eat World, Collar, Matt, AllMusic, AllMusic, 2021-03-02,
  25. https://www.altpress.com/reviews/jimmy_eat_world_damage/, "Damage" Review by Alternative Press, Heisel, Scott, 2013-06-03, Alternative Press, Alternative Press, 2021-03-02,
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  27. https://www.altpress.com/news/jimmy_eat_world_announce_june_2013_album_damage/, Jimmy Eat World announce new album, 'Damage', Whitt, Cassie, 2013-04-03, Alternative Press, Alternative Press, 2021-03-02,
  28. https://consequenceofsound.net/2013/06/dissected-jimmy-eat-world-with-jim-adkins/9/?new=true, Dissected: Jimmy Eat World (with Jim Adkins), Caffrey, Dan; Kaye, Ben; Gerber, Justin, 2013-06-14, Consequence of Sound, Consequence of Sound, 2021-03-02,
  29. https://www.altpress.com/news/jimmy_eat_world_stream_new_single_i_will_steal_you_back/, Jimmy Eat World stream new single, "I Will Steal You Back", Kraus, Brian, 2013-04-10, Alternative Press, Alternative Press, 2021-03-02,
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  31. https://www.altpress.com/news/jimmy_eat_world_post_i_will_steal_you_back_video/, Jimmy Eat World post “I Will Steal You Back” Video, Obenschain, Philip, 2013-05-31, Alternative Press, Alternative Press, 2021-03-02, Jimmy Eat World have released a new music video for “I Will Steal You Back,” from their upcoming album Damage. Play I Will Steal You … on Amazon Music Unlimited (ad) The new album is out June 11 via RCA Records. It's currently available for pre-order in a variety of formats, including CD, vinyl, and digital. Check out the video, below. Described by frontman Jim Adkins as “an adult breakup record,” Damage was produced by Alain Johannes in Los Angeles, partially using analog tape. The record marks Jimmy Eat World's first release with RCA, and is the followup to 2010's Invented. The band recently concluded a five-city tour of their home state, Arizona, and are set to hit the road for a full U.S. Tour this summer. Check out a full list of tour dates, below. June 30 – Club Zoo – Pittsburg, PA July 2 – House of Blues – Cleveland, OH July 3 – Upstate Concert Hall – Clifton Park, NY July 6 – Royal Oak Music Theatre – Detroit, MI July 8 – First Avenue – Minneapolis, MN July 10 – Wilma Theatre – Missoula, MT July 15 – Showbox Sodo – Seattle, WA July 16 – Crystal Ballroom – Portland, OR July 17 – Knitting Factory – Boise, ID July 18 – The Depot – Salt Lake City, UT July 20 – Ogden Theatre – Denver, CO Aug. 4 – State Theatre – Portland, ME Aug. 5 – House of Blues – Boston, MA Aug. 7 – Central Park Summerstage – New York, NY Aug. 10 – The National- Richmond, VA Aug. 11 – 9:30 Club – Washington, DC Aug. 13 – Fillmore Charlotte – Charlotte, NC Aug. 14 – Center Stage Atlanta – Atlanta, GA Aug. 16 – Marathon Music Works – Nashville, TN Aug. 17 – Egyptian Room Music Centre – Indianapolis, IN Aug. 18 – Vic Theatre – Chicago, IL,
  32. https://www.altpress.com/news/jimmy_eat_world_releasing_new_single_and_radiohead_cover_on_record_store_da/, Jimmy Eat World releasing new single and Radiohead cover on Record Store Day, Kraus, Brian, 2013-03-19, Alternative Press, Alternative Press, 2021-03-02, Jimmy Eat World have announced a new 7-inch featuring a new single bound for the album (“Damage”) and Radiohead cover (“Stop Whispering”) for Record Store Day (April 20). Check out the cover art below.,
  33. https://www.altpress.com/news/jimmy_eat_world_stream_new_album_damage/, Jimmy Eat World Stream New Album, ‘Damage’, Obenschain, Philip, 2013-06-03, Alternative Press, Alternative Press, 2021-03-02, Jimmy Eat World have made their upcoming album, Damage, available for streaming on their website. Each track will unlock after enough buzz has been generated through Twitter, and you can visit the the site on mobile to view the unlock percentage in real-time. [UPDATE: All tracks have now been unlocked. Stream Damage in its entirety, below.] Damage is slated for release June 11 through RCA Records, and is currently available for pre-order in a variety of formats, including CD, vinyl, and digital. The record has been described by the band as “an adult breakup album,” and has drawn early comparisons to dark, fan favorite Futures. Produced in Los Angeles by Alain Johannes, Damage marks Jimmy Eat World's first full-length release since 2010's Invented. Stream the full album, below. Last week, the band released a music video for their new single, “I Will Steal You Back.” They also documented their recent home state tour with a special “In the Van” series. You can catch Jimmy Eat World on the road this summer, for a short run of U.S. dates. Let us know what you think of Damage in the comments!,
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External Links

Jimmy Eat Pod Episode Link: https://www.jimmyeatpod.com/031-damage/