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Interview:
Jimmy Eat World Wants Substance, Not Noise
 

By GARY GRAFF
Of the Oakland Press

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Jimmy Eat World isn’t a political band, but frontman and chief songwriter Jim Adkins felt the pull of current events enough to include a track called “Electable” on the Arizona quartet’s sixth studio album, 2007’s “Chase This Light.”

“I guess it stems a little bit from the feeling of being, I guess, disenfranchised from the political discussion that seems to be in the media,” explains Adkins, 32, who formed Jimmy Eat World in 1993 in Mesa, Arizona. “It seems like polarization is being used a distraction; the major media kind of ran with that ball and made it part of the program, the shouting heads trying to get you riled up or (angry).

“It’s just not helpful. There seems to be a lack of substance and an abundance of just worrying about the wrong stuff. I feel like more people should be on the same page.”

Adkins acknowledges that fatherhood — he has children aged 5 and 2 years old — has also played a role in moving him from general angst to more specific concerns.

“Frustration is an easy feeling to describe,” he explains. “It’s a strong emotion, and I think as we get older and especially when you start having kids, the idea of responsibility becomes less of an abstract concept and more of a very concrete thing. And you start demanding it from other people, too.”



Jimmy Eat World and Attack the Black perform Saturday (July 5) at the Crofoot Ballroom, 1 S. Saginaw St., Pontiac. Doors open at 7 p.m. Tickets are $25 in advance, $17 day of show. Call (248) 858-9333 or visit www.thecrofoot.com.

Web Site: www.thecrofoot.com

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