Jejune / Jimmy Eat World splt 7" (1997)
It may not snowing where you are right now, but it is snowing like crazy in NYC. For some reason music like the above 7" really fits with snow. Maybe its the melancholy of the grey skies mixed with the ebullient quality of the snow dancing and flitting around that goes hand in hand with these kind of songs. The short day light hours mixed with the invigorating chill. Something along those lines....
Regardless of what comparisons could be made this is a strong showing from two bands that both got more popular after this release. While Jejune may have crossed you radar before I think it is safe to say that there is not a person between the age of 13 and 33 who knows who Jimmy Eat World is. This was my first introduction to Jimmy Eat World and Jejune, and they remain my two favorite songs from both camps. While Jejune may have stayed their course for the most part I feel that they never achieved the playful yet emotional depth portrayed on their side.
Jimmy Eat World on the other hand went on to progress through a number of different sounds. Some more successful than others, but one thing they never really reached for again was the chugging stop start dynamics of "What Would I Say To You Now". This was somewhat to my dismay as I feel that although I do appreciate some of their later stuff, this song creates a mood for me, where as something like Clarity requires a certain mood for me to delve into it fully. Nothing is more powerful in music than having the sounds take over your mind for 3 or 4 minutes and then leaving you with its glow for a short time there after.
While many would disagree with me on this being the best of their songs (the band included I would assume) I still have to share this with all of you as I think the most important thing about this 7" is how these two songs complement each other. Jejunes breezy cathartic pop and Jimmy Eat Worlds noisy rocked out bliss are two things that I think go together perfectly.
I have only included one of each song. The other song from Jejune is an instrumental which I find forgettable in comparison to "Early Stars", and Jimmy Eat World have another decent track called Speed Read which I believe you can find on their Singles collection, along with "What Would I Say To You Now".