Jimmy Eat World’s definitely not the band that they were 13 years ago, and as lead singer Jim Adkins told Alternative Addiction in a recent interview, “We’ve experienced a lot since then, and hopefully we’ve gotten better.”
“I think it’s just what happens. Your tastes change, you change. We’re definitely not the same people we were in ’94,” Adkins told Alternative Addiction.
“It’s really grown from a desire not to repeat yourself and learning more about what’s effective in getting the songs to a place that is good.”
While the band’s sound has grown and changed over the years, even the band themselves could have never predicted the literal over night success they became after they their album “Bleed American” began flying off the shelves thanks in large part to the success of their single “The Middle.”
“Not at all” replied Adkins when asked if he expected the success his band saw from their 2001 break out release.
“Optimistically we thought we would continue on the path that we had been, playing in bigger cities, playing for slightly bigger crowds. But we had no idea that it would become what it did.”
Of the band’s latest release, “Chase This Light,” Adkins said the band spent just six months recording it in their home in Arizona.
“Unlike our past records we decided to record this record at home, so we took our budget and basically bought recording equipment.”
That gave the band the freedom to record whenever their creative mood hit, instead of waiting for studio time like the band did on past records.
Production of the album was done in a very unique fashion compared to previous albums as well, as the band took productive control over much of the day to day recording process for the album, while Butch Vig took an executive production role on the album.
“He was in a position where he didn’t want a big studio project, and we didn’t want anyone in the studio with us. He came in for a pretty intensive pre-production phase, then he split back to LA and we just kinda corresponded over the internet, and he would stop back in Phoenix and check up on us.”
The result is a unique blend of Jimmy Eat World’s earlier indie style sound, just polished a bit around the edges showing the bands continued musical maturity.
Jimmy Eat World has just completed playing a number of Christmas themed radio concerts, and will be heading out on tour with the Foo Fighters in 2008.