The band admit they were certain their "last meal on death row" would be their last record.
Jimmy Eat World have shared an emotional post about their classic album ‘Clarity’ to mark its 20th anniversary.
In a post on Instagram, the band admitted they were certain ‘Clarity’ would be their final album, following the commercial failure of its predecessor, ‘Static Prevails’.
Revealing they thought they were lucky to get another chance after ‘Static Prevails’ failed, the band said they viewed making ‘Clarity’ as “our last meal on death row.”
The statement said: “When we made ‘Clarity’ over 20 years ago, our head space as a band was a mixture of defeat and mischief. After the total commercial failure of ‘Static Prevails’, we knew that we were lucky to be given another chance by Capitol Records at making another album, but we also knew that it would very likely be our last. It was like a last meal on death row.”
They continued: “We were so lucky to have that chance to make ‘Clarity’, and we are as surprised as anyone that it’s an album that means something to others 20 years later.”
The full text of the post, which thanks the album’s producer Mark Trombino and the band’s manager and A&R team, can be read above.
Although ‘Clarity’ also failed to chart and led to Capitol dropping the band, it was critically acclaimed and has since become viewed as one of emo’s finest albums. Their following album ‘Bleed American’ in 2001 went platinum in the US and gold in the UK.
Jimmy Eat World’s most recent album, ‘Integrity Blues’ in 2016, is their ninth and reached No 21 in the UK.
They go on a lengthy US tour from June 14-August 3, but there are no confirmed plans for any shows in Europe.