The End Is Beautiful

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The End Is Beautiful
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Integrity Blues Cover
Written: 2015
Length: 4:25
Label: RCA, Exotic Location
Writer: Jimmy Eat World
Producer: Justin Meldal-Johnsen, Jimmy Eat World

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[Verse 1]

There must be a plan that neither of us could see

So we went along where it went

A party within a dream

And I never felt peace like that

It was safety as I'd never known

Oh, I knew nothing

I was sick

And I don't blame a thing that you did


It doesn't have to hurt anymore

No, it doesn't have to hurt anymore

Any, anymore

[Verse 2]

Got a picture of the look when I knew I'd lost you

And I know when you feel trapped

You're gonna do what you have to

You see the problem was us

Tried to bend love to the picture we had in our heads

Oh, that's not nothing, but there it is

And it won't kill us breathing it in


It doesn't have to hurt anymore

No, it doesn't have to hurt anymore

It doesn't have to hurt anymore

No, it doesn't have to hurt anymore

Any, anymore


I was taped up to fight

I had my speech ready

Then like only you can, you stole the air out from me

You said, "However you go, I'll be cheering you on

In the end, what's the difference how it all went wrong?"

Hey, that's something

The truth is what you believe it is


It doesn't have to hurt anymore

No, it doesn't have to hurt anymore

It doesn't have to hurt anymore

No, it doesn't have to hurt anymore


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]

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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.",
  4., Jimmy Eat World’s Jim Adkins covers Beck’s "Don’t Act Like Your Heart Isn’t Hard" — listen, Kaye, Ben, 2015-07-31, Consequence of Sound, 2021-02-05,
  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.,
  6., Jimmy Eat World: Headliner Interview, Payne, Chris, 2016-10-06, Pop Shop Podcast, 2021-02-05,
  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.",
  11. Integrity Blues (booklet) 88985324032., Jimmy Eat World, 2016, RCA Records,

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