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Jimmy Eat World reinvent emo

Jimmy Eat World know not to let go of a good thing. Having spent thelast couple of albums moving into a modern rock territory after sharingthe responsibility of popularizing “emo,” the Tempe, Arizona band havegone back to their roots.

Jimmy Eat World know not to let go of a good thing. Having spent the last couple of albums moving into a modern rock territory after sharing the responsibility of popularizing “emo,” the Tempe, Arizona band have gone back to their roots.

For their seventh studio album, Invented, Jimmy Eat World reteamed with the man that helped them make both their 1999 classic, Clarity, and 2001’s million-selling Bleed American: producer Mark Trombino.

“We have a really great history with Mark,” says singer/ guitarist Jim Adkins. “We basically cut our first official record with him. Having that kind of history with him, you don’t waste your time explaining where you’re coming from with an idea.”

The band instantly re-clicked with Trombino, and soon he began acting like their de facto fifth member. “It’s a plus and also makes things a little bit harder, but Mark will invest himself like he wrote the song with whatever he’s working on,” Adkins says.

He gets really passionate about it and that’s good. We all know we’re on the same side, to make a song the best it can be.”

Invented isn’t about to raise the emo tag back from the dead, but it does evoke the band’s pop punk glory days with charged choruses and sweeping arrangements. Oddly enough though, it was born right when they embarked on a tenth anniversary tour of Clarity.

“We were right in the middle of writing Invented,” says Adkins. “The tour idea actually came from fans. Message board kids posting, ‘You should do this!’ It was fun. It’s been a good ten years since we sat down and had that band meeting about the Clarity material, so it was interesting.”

 
 
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