Jimmy Eat World Offers Advice To New Bands

Rock band Jimmy Eat World took to Twitter last week to offer some valuable advice to musicians trying to come up with the perfect band name.

“Make sure it’s [sic] acronym displayed really large on your artwork or t shirts won’t be complicating matters,” read a tweet. “You’re welcome.”

When a fan suggested they could have avoided the awkward acronym by naming the group Jimmy Ate World, they replied: “See......that’s all we would have had to do. What we’re we thinking?”

Later, drummer Zach Lind explained they picked Jimmy Eat World when they were asked to play a show in February 1994 but hadn’t yet come up with a name.

“So moral of the story: even seemingly small and insignificant decisions can be much bigger than you could imagine,” he tweeted. “Slow down sometimes and make sure it’s right.

“And I’m not saying our name is not ‘right’ but when we have to design Merch or artwork I often wish we would have deliberated a bit more.”

Advice for new bands: When coming up with a band name, make sure it’s acronym displayed really large on your artwork or t shirts won’t be complicating matters. You’re welcome.

— Jimmy Eat World (@jimmyeatworld) July 27, 2018

A little history on how we came up with the band name: We were rehearsing in my garage (Zach here) and Jim told us we got asked to play a party in the storage room of Name Brand Exchange in Mesa on Southern and Val Vista in Feb of 94. pic.twitter.com/qe5lw5X6CX

— Jimmy Eat World (@jimmyeatworld) July 27, 2018

So we took a break from the garage and huddled around our kitchen island and decided to play the show but at that time, we hadn’t yet sorted out a name so we needed to figure that out ASAP.

— Jimmy Eat World (@jimmyeatworld) July 27, 2018

Tom and Rick (who wasn’t in the band quite yet) played in a band together that would change their name for every show. Me, zach, would go to a lot of those shows and I was there when they called themselves “Jimmy Eat World” and it stuck with me.

— Jimmy Eat World (@jimmyeatworld) July 27, 2018

So I’m not sure who threw that name out but it was brought up and we discussed it for less than 5 min, no shit, we decided to call ourselves Jimmy Eat World so we could play this dumb ass party. My memory was that it was a Valentines Day Party but not sure.

— Jimmy Eat World (@jimmyeatworld) July 27, 2018

So moral of the story: even seemingly small and insignificant decisions can be much bigger than you could imagine. Slow down sometimes and make sure it’s right.

— Jimmy Eat World (@jimmyeatworld) July 27, 2018

And I’m not saying our name is not “right” but when we have to design Merch or artwork I often wish we would have deliberated a bit more. Thanks for listening. Xoxo.

— Jimmy Eat World (@jimmyeatworld) July 27, 2018