Jimmy Eat World released an awesome new rocker called “Something Loud” at the dawn of summer, and now that fall is entering its dreary run-up to winter, they’re back with something a bit more patient and atmospheric.
“Place Your Debts,” the band’s new single, is a graceful slow-building ballad that expands into a truly beautiful surging climax. If “Something Loud” was like the best of Bleed American, this is closer to a Clarity deep cut.
“Place Your Debts” features some of Jim Adkins’ finest lyrics. Almost everything out of the man’s mouth here is quotable, but here are a few that caught my ear:
- “I think we can all agree/ The ending is off to a great start”
- “How do we keep making all the same mistakes?/ We’d rather have the misery than growing pains”
- “I chose a mystery/ Went there alone, intentionally/ I had to forgive myself/ For grieving imaginary loss/ You pay with the life not lived/ You pay with each thought of what could have been/ But nothing adds to the cost/ Like missing the ride you’re on”
The song arrives with a video shot and edited by Adkins, which features him singing the song directly into the camera in various locales. It’s weirdly affecting. So: Good song. Good video. check it out.