It’s hard for emo acts to age gracefully. Beyond the idea that it’s a bit odd to hear 40-year-olds sing about teenage obsessions, there’s the fact that young upstarts who are much closer to their teenage angst have captured the spotlight for a new, depressed generation. But that doesn’t scare Jimmy Eat World. They’re 23 years deep in a career of heart-on-sleeve tunes and — if their new song is to be believed — they’ve never felt more “Sure and Certain” about what they do.
“Sure and Certain” follows the band’s first blast of new music in a while, the hard-charging track “Get Right.” The new single is a little bit more tender and just barely avoids falling into Duncan Sheik-core with a massive sing-a-long chorus. Check it out up top.
In addition to the new track, the band unveiled details about their upcoming ninth album. Integrity Blues drops on October 21 courtesy of RCA and comes with production from Justin Meldal-Johnsen, best known for helping M83 sound hella lush. Outside of the new music, frontman Jim Adkins said working on the new album was a big spiritual development for himself and the band.
“I think [the new album] helped us get in touch with things as people,” he said in an interview with BBC Radio 1. “I’m willing to check my ego.”