The members of Jimmy Eat World felt a sense of liberation while making their sixth studio album, “Chase This Light.”
The Arizona modern rockers hit commercial gold — platinum, actually — with 2001’s “Bleed American” (retitled “Jimmy Eat World” after the Sept. 11 attacks) and its hit “The Middle.” “Futures” was a gold-selling follow-up in 2004, and frontman Jim Adkins says that largely took the pressure off of “Chase This Light.”
“We really kinda learned how to let that go, those outside pressures,” Adkins, 32, explains. “The secret is just being confident in what you’re doing and being satisfied with what you’re doing.
“There’s so much you can’t control in the music business, in the industry of music, you’ve just got to really worry about being proud of what you’re doing. That’s the only thing you can walk away with. Whether or not your song gets played on the radio or is one of the five videos MTV plays, that’s really not up to you and not something you should be preoccupying your time thinking about.”
“Chase This Light” did get off to a good start, debuting at No. 5 on the Billboard 200 chart in October thanks partly to strong airplay for the first single, “Big Casino.” But Adkins says that commercial measures aside, he and the rest of Jimmy Eat World were encouraged by the “nurturing” process of making the album at its own studio in Tempe, with help from hitmaking producers such as Butch Vig (Garbage, Nirvana, Smashing Pumpkins) and John Fields (Jonas Brothers, Switchfoot, Rooney).
“I think we got a lot of confidence this time,” Adkins notes. “Having Butch hang out, saying, ‘Yeah, you guys are on the right path’ and us rolling with that and no one questioning it. It’s good to know that regardless of a label or a budget, we can always make records on our own now and feel like we’re not compromising.
“I mean, we have pretty high standards for what we hold our records up to. It just feels great to know we can get that on our own, or with a little assistance.”
Jimmy Eat World headlines the Night 89X Stole Christmas with Paramore, Coheed and Cambria, Mute Math and Plain White T’s, at 6:30 p.m. Monday (Dec. 17) at the Fillmore Detroit, 2115 Woodward Ave. The show is sold out. Call (313) 961-5450 or visit www.89xradio.com.
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