Integrity Blues

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Integrity Blues
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Released: 2016-10-21
Length: 46:39
Tracks: 11
Label: RCA, Exotic Location
Producer: Justin Meldal-Johnsen, Jimmy Eat World

Recording Details

After touring in support of Damage, the band members took a break to focus on individual projects throughout most of 2015 [1] [2].

After taking this time to reset and with the goal of approaching their next record from a fresh perspective [7], the band reconvened and began writing and recording in late 2015 with producer Justin Meldal-Johnsen, a new producer and session musician for Nine Inch Nails with production credits for Paramore, M83, and Tegan and Sara, (among others)[8] that they had no past experience with, to push them out of their comfort zone [9]. Meldal-Johnsen was able to take the material the band had in varying states of completion and worked with them to develop it [10]. The band travelled to Los Angeles, California to record their next album. Sessions were held at Sunset Sound, Chez JMJ and Unit 2[9]. Mike Schuppan, Carlos de la Garza, Meldal-Johnsen, Adkins, and Lind acted as engineers, with assistance from Geoff Neal. Ken Andrews mixed the recordings while Dave Cooley mastered them at Elysian Mastering. [11]

Jimmy Eat World Integrity Blues It is about throwing away your default responses to life, accept life on the terms of life and becoming wining to accept the best any of us have is to be in a state of progress. 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 reward in the imagined moral high ground. Self-righteousness leads to rationalizing tantrum behavior, (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 sense 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 going to always 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 negative cycle to get traction. We are very excited to share all this in Jimmy Eat World-song-form with our ninth studio album called "Integrity Blues”. Can you believe it? Ninth!! Hitting streets both virtual and physical October 21, 2016. Take care Jim Adkins Jimmy eat World. Jim Adkins / Tom Linton / Rick Burch / Zach Lind Integrity Blues is produced Justin Meldal-Johnsen and is now available for preorder New tour dates and more info at
Letter from Jim Adkins Announcing the album Integrity Blues

The album was announced with a letter from Jimmy Eat World/Jim Adkins which can be found below. The letter reflected on changing your life through positive self-talk. One reviewer described it as a "dreamlike, stream-of-consciousness explanation about what the phrase “Integrity Blues” means and what the album bearing that name is about." They go on to state "It’s looking at the differences between expectations and reality, accepting them, casting off the urge to play the victim, and learning how to define yourself and take your next steps based on the lessons you’ve learned. “Emotional injury of your own making” could be the title of an emo album. Certainly, the right to feel sorry for yourself has been the source of many, many songs over the years—some of them probably written by a band called Jimmy Eat World! But while Integrity Blues, like its predecessor Damage, could probably be described as an “adult breakup album,” it’s ultimately more about self-discovery and growth than it is about heartbreak. In weaker hands, that message might seem corny or overwrought — especially as the ultimate “punchline” of a record. But one gets the sense from Jimmy Eat World that this philosophy is really a part of how these guys live their lives. In a recent interview, when asked if he even liked doing press tours, Adkins said “You have to enjoy it, because it ends. There’s gonna be a day when no one cares, and they’ll be over it.” In a funny way, that response does a wonderful job of bottling up the overall meaning and message of Integrity Blues. Cherish what you have. Be thankful for what you’ve gotten to experience. Be grateful for the people in your lives. Nothing lasts forever, and on a long enough timeline, almost everything ends in some form of heartbreak. As Adkins told fans ahead of the release of this record, though, “Happiness is one of those fleeting finish lines.”" [12]

The album was preceded by release of lead single Sure and Certain in 20016-08, the band toured Europe and the United States, leading up to the release of the album. It was promoted with further stints in Europe and the US until the end of the year. Get Right was released as the second single in 2017-02, which was followed up by tours of US, South America, and Germany.


Integrity Blues was well received by music critics upon its release. AllMusic reviewer Neil Z. Yeung said it "shines in the dark with glimmering production, [and] a refreshed sense for hooks ... strik[ing] a clean balance between past and present". [13] Sputnikmusic staff member SowingSeason found it to contain "breathtaking melodies and intimate lyrics", with the "dreamy sensation and emotional relevance of Futures." [14] The A.V. Club writer Zoe Camp considered it their "glossiest release to date", witnessing the band "doubling down on the jagged hooks and dulcet-sung choruses ... festooned with their usual angst".[15] Consequence of Sound senior writer Karen Gwee wrote that the band "harness a distinctly darker, slower sound" with Integrity Blues, full of "oblique Adkins lines for the books". [16] Ultimate Guitar staff team said that if the listener was looking for "catchy lyrics and emotional melodies ... then you may be pleasantly surprised" as the music was "very easy to get into." [17] A typically negative Pitchfork contributor Ian Cohen said it was a "complete fabrication of a four-person rock band, a proudly produced record". He added that the album "finds itself sharing its dominant concern of using the [emo] genre’s inherent vulnerability and introspection to promote self-esteem rather than self-pity." [18] The Music writer Tash Loh begins with "a slow-burning build," eventually "fad[ing] through beat-driven tracks". [19] Sam Lambeth of Louder Than War wrote that the album was "a complete contrast to Damage's muscular minimalism", with Meldal-Johnsen "sprinkl[ing] his dynamic DNA all over the album’s tracks ... keep[ing] the record fun and exciting." [20] Drowned in Sound's Aidan Reynolds found it "a wonderful thing to hear Jimmy Eat World rediscover the form that stretched from Clarity through Futures... their dedication to honest, wide-eyed songcraft has resulted in their best album in over a decade." [21] Exclaim! writer Ian Gormely said it followed a "rough guide" of studio experimentation started by Clarity, while taking "some steps towards improvising a few lines." In other parts of the album, "the band fall back into their usual groove." [22] Another reviewer stated "What we get is an album that embeds fresh energy into well-worn grooves. 80’s synth, 90’s grunge, and early 00’s delay-effect fingerpicking wrap around sentimental lyrics that take their time, harmonizing only at the right moments, creating a twilight texture that blends and bleeds." [23] Ebony Bowden of The Syndey Morning Herald noted in reviewing the history of the band's released "It's the same band, but grown-up. The entire record has a sense of maturity and self-assurdness to it. It's their most introspective record.Produced by Justin Meldal-Johnsen, whose clients include Beck, Paramore and Tegan and Sara, Integrity Blues is a more symphonic and orchestral than usual." [24]

In the US Integrity Blues charted at number 17 on the US Billboard 200, and number four on the Billboard Alternative Albums chart. [25] [26] Outside of the US, the album reached number 21 in the UK [27], number 27 in Australia [28], number 25 in Germany [29], number 14 in Ireland [30], number 70 in Canada [31], and number 80 in Switzerland [32].

Track Listing

Track Title Length Vocals
1 You with Me 5:18 Jim Adkins
2 Sure and Certain 3:36 Jim Adkins
3 It Matters 3:55 Jim Adkins
4 Pretty Grids 4:12 Jim Adkins
5 Pass the Baby 5:24 Jim Adkins
6 Get Right 2:50 Jim Adkins
7 You Are Free 4:15 Jim Adkins
8 The End Is Beautiful 4:25 Jim Adkins
9 Through 2:52 Jim Adkins
10 Integrity Blues 3:12 Jim Adkins
11 Pol Roger 6:47 Jim Adkins


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  1., How Jimmy Eat World made Integrity Blues, de Gallier, Thea, 2016-09-27, Louder Sound, Louder, 2022-06-06, How Jimmy Eat World made Integrity Blues By Thea de Gallier published September 27, 2016 Jimmy Eat World tell TeamRock why a long break was necessary before working on their ninth album Jimmy Eat World release Integrity Blues on October 21 Their ninth album, Integrity Blues, is one of the deepest yet in terms of subject matter. After taking a year out from band duties, during which time bassist Rick Burch discovered a passion for distilling, and drummer Zach Lind self-released music with his wife, the band realised their next album had to be a meaningful snapshot of the stage they were all at in life. Integrity Blues was born, marking the start of a new, grown-up chapter for Jimmy Eat World. We sat down with the band to find out more. You’ve talked about this album being about accepting life and the changed it throws at you. What made you want to write something that philosophical? Jim Adkins (vocals/guitar): “It’s just part of growing up, which is funny to say being as old as we are. The only thing consistent in life is that it’s going to change, and I think that’s something that gets shown to you over and over as time goes on. I guess [it’s about] finding your way through that – you can look at it as a challenge, or you can look at it as an opportunity. If you look at it as an opportunity you end up in a place where you can grow from it. That’s also been shown over and over again, and the rewards from that are hard to quantify. If you just look at things as an opportunity for growth, you’re always shown something that you didn’t expect. that ends up leading you to a better place.” Jim: “It’s an all-encompassing feeling. I noticed myself getting stuck writing lyrics because I’d instantly see through what I was talking about, and I’d be like, ‘this is pointless’. I’d see through the futility of the struggle of the speaker of the song and would just get stuck at trying to move on. After a while I started thinking, ‘what’s really behind that?’ If the problem isn’t interesting, what’s the real solution behind it?” Was it quite a collaborative writing effort? Jim: “It was pretty collaborative, you never clock out of this gig, you’re always working on material. Things might not turn into a complete song right away but you never throw anything out, and over time that generates a big stack of ideas. Some things are closer to being full songs, some things just stay as scraps for a long time, and all of it ends up going through a band editing process and being fleshed out into that state where it’s a real song.” Rick Burch (bass): “This time we brought in a producer really early on, when things were still at the snippet stage. Generally in the past when bringing in a producer, we’ve already developed a lot of ideas into a complete demo version of the song, but this time we started collaborating early on with Justin Meldal-Johnsen (Paramore, Tegan and Sara). It was great to have that outside perspective.” Are there any particular songs that he really brought to life? Jim: “Going away for a year before we started working on Integrity Blues and just taking total time off from the band helped us refresh our perspective on how we wanted to challenge ourselves. This is our ninth album, and really, why should it exist at all? We had to find that place where we could answer that for ourselves. You’re faced with a musical puzzle when you’re writing and recording, and sometimes you take the easy, familiar road to solve the problem and you don’t even realise you’re doing it, but there might be a more challenging interesting road that you need that outside perspective to bring in and further challenge you. So I guess having Justin in the process was really helpful across the board, we got the feedback we’d never have come up with on our own. A song like Pass The Baby, it always was the concept that it is, but I think that we might not have chosen to develop that to a complete state without him pushing us on.” Are there any songs that went through a total rework from what they began life as? Jim: “Integrity Blues, the title track, started off as an acoustic waltz kind of thing. I wouldn’t say we reworked it, but there was definitely a handful of different ways we could have gone with making it. It ended up being this unusual ensemble accompanying me just singing. I don’t think we have anything like that on our other records.” Get Right has been called the ‘comeback track’. Do you see it that way? Zach: “We didn’t really plan it out that way, but I think it was a good song to start off with, and coupled with Sure And Certain, those songs seemed to do a pretty good job of getting people ready for what was coming on the record. One of the main reasons why Get Right was one of the ones we released early was because the UK label really liked it and wanted a rock song to start things off over here.” Now your tour dates have been announced, which songs are you looking forward to performing live? Rick: “Get Right is like a familiar Jimmy Eat World song.” Jim: “Now that we’re getting to the stage where we’re performing this stuff for people, we’re learning more about the songs. Get Right is fun to play, it’s just more of a rock song. I think the material’s kind of new for people – haven’t had a lot of time to digest it, and if you’re going to hear something you don’t know it’s easier to hear something that’s more upbeat.” Jimmy Eat World release Integrity Blues on October 21 through RCA. The band begin their tour on October 1.,
  2., Jimmy Eat World brings ‘Integrity Blues’ to Chattanooga, Agardy, Andrea, 2017-03-06, The Tullahoma News, 2021-02-05, Lind said the band members took a year away from music “to kind of turn off the Jimmy Eat World switch in their brain and do something else.”,
  3. 3.0 3.1 3.2, Jimmy Eat World Finds Integrity Within The Blues On Their New Album, Manders, Hayden, 2016-10-19, Nylon, 2021-02-05, Jim Adkins: A lot of the time was spent on the road. Playing live is a big part of what we do, and we enjoy it. We spent maybe about a year and a half touring for Damage, trying to get to as many places as we could. We did a series of shows based around the anniversary of our album, Futures. Then we decided to take a year off from the band, completely, which was something we haven't done ever. We all fanned out and did different stuff. I decided to do a bunch of acoustic shows, me and a guitar. Our bass player, he makes gin and whiskey. He's legal; he's above the board. He has a distillery in Arizona. Zach [Lind] made a couple EPs with the project he did with his wife, called The Wretched Desert. Then we just got back into it. We spent a year off and then turned on the switch and said, "Let's really dive in and make it something that we feel is out best work.",
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  5., Rick Burch of Jimmy Eat World on His New Project, CaskWerks Distillery, Faber, Cal, 2016-02-01, Phoenix New Times, 2021-02-06, The craft distillery game is not an easy one, but Rick Burch, owner and distiller at CaskWerks Distilling Co., is not daunted. Best known as the bassist of Jimmy Eat World, Burch has found another niche in the world of gin, whiskey, and liqueurs. While CaskWerks is still new, Burch and his team already are turning out a quality gin and apple pie liqueur, with a whiskey not far off on the horizon.,
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  7., SIMULTANEOUSLY NOSTALGIC AND FRESH, JIMMY EAT WORLD’S ‘INTEGRITY BLUES’ IS THEIR BEST SINCE 2004, Lucy, Evan, 2016-10-19, Alternative Press, 2021-02-06, “We’ve been a band for kind of a long time now,” Adkins says with a laugh. “I think we’ve developed this shorthand amongst ourselves. When we run into a musical puzzle, we execute based on our strengths and just do it. That may or may not mean you’re doing your best work; you’re just doing what’s familiar. Going into making Integrity Blues, we wanted to short-circuit that process and ask ourselves, ‘Is this really the best, or is it just what we’re doing because we know how to do it?’ When you start asking yourself that question and start digging in, you realize there are a whole lot more things you can try.”,
  8., Jimmy Eat World doubles down on the familiar with Integrity Blues, and it works, Camp, Zoe, 2016-10-21, AV CLub, 2021-02-06,
  9. 9.0 9.1, Jimmy Eat World on Accepting 'Integrity Blues,' Why Happiness Is Overrated, Bernstein, Jonathan, 2016-10-20, Rolling Stone, Rolling Stone, 2021-02-05, How did you work on shaking things up on this album? If we run into a musical problem, say you want a certain part of a song to feel a certain way, without even talking about it we can just execute it because we’re a team and we know our strengths and we’ve done it before. We have this sort of shorthand communication as a band because we all know all our strengths. So we really had to check ourselves and ask, “Is this the best, most effective way to get this thing to happen, or is it just something that we’re comfortable with?” Maybe there’s a different way. So for this record, we purposely wanted to work with someone we’ve never worked with and make a record in a way that we haven’t made one in a while. All those things pushed us away from the zone of comfort, because really the zone of comfort is a zone of fear. You’re afraid to break out of this familiarity. There’s nothing good about feeling comfortable.,
  10., Jimmy Eat World on how their latest album Integrity Blues is a new chapter for the band, O'Connor, Roisin, 2016-10-26, The Independent, 2021-02-05, We had a lot of things in different states of progress when we brought Justin in," Adkins nods. "Sometimes that means you generate a song that sits around, 10-second riff ideas… and Justin helped us with that. He was totally down for this idea of us needing to make something that short-circuits the comfort place that I was talking about earlier.",
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