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Interview:
Jimmy Eat World merges past with present
 

By GARY GRAFF
of the Oakland Press

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The past impacted Jimmy Eat World’s new album, “Invented,” in some crucial ways.

For starters, the Arizona modern rockers’ first album in three years reunited the quartet with producer Mark Trombino, who worked with the band on three of its earlier titles — including 2001’s platinum breakthrough “Bleed American” (aka “Jimmy Eat World”).

“We definitely go back a long way,” says frontman Jim Adkins. “We had our first real studio recording experience with Mark. Having that history makes it really easy to communicate; you don’t waste time explaining yourselves. There’s no feeling out each other and trying to explain where the other person is coming from when they present an idea. The execution is just, ‘Go!’ ”

And Adkins credits Trombino with helping Jimmy Eat World reach back to sessions for 2007’s “Chase This Light” for the song “My Best Theory,” which became the first single from “Invented.”

“We never felt like it was quite there when we were making ‘Chase This Light,’ ” Adkins recalls. “I think just getting Mark in the mix helped ’cause we had been living in our own bubble for a really long time and we felt like we had taken (the song) as far as it could and we didn’t think it was quite as effective as it could be. And when Mark came in it was like fresh ears, and that helped a lot.

“Fortunately, we hold on to everything. You never know when an idea you had a year ago might work for something you’re stuck on currently, so it’s worth hanging on to stuff.”



Jimmy Eat World and We Were Promised Jetpacks perform Friday, Oct. 8, at the Royal Oak Music Theatre, 318 W. Fourth St. Doors open at 7 p.m. Tickets are $30. Call 248-399-2980 or visit www.royaloakmusictheatre.com.



Web Site: www.royaloakmusictheatre.com

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