Jimmy Eat World is nearing completion on its first album in three years. The as-yet-untitled set is due in early summer via Interscope and was recorded at the band's rehearsal space in Tempe, Ariz. It was produced by Butch Vig, who says he is planning to begin mixing at the end of February or early March.
"The record is quite eclectic," Vig says. "There are three or four songs that sound like classic Jimmy Eat World, with angular, razor-sharp guitars. There are a couple that are a lot more dreamy, and some that are very groove-acious. Anybody who is fan will like this record."
The California-based Vig would spend three or four days at a time in Arizona with the group, while engineer Chris Testa was there for the duration. Testa most recently worked on the Dixie Chicks' "Taking the Long Way," which is up for an album of the year Grammy.
The upcoming album is the follow-up to 2004's "Futures," which debuted at a career-best No. 6 on The Billboard 200 and has sold 607,000 copies in the United States, according to Nielsen SoundScan.
It will feature backing vocals from Amy Ross of Nowhere Man And A Whiskey Girl and is expected to include such tracks as "Big Casino," "Be Sensible," "Firefight," and "Electable."