It’s been three years since Arizona alternative rockers Jimmy Eat World graced us with new music, but they’ll do just that when they release Damage, their seventh LP overall and first on new label home RCA, on June 11th.
The follow-up to 2010’s Invented (which we enjoyed), Damage was produced by none other than AQ favorite Alain Johannes (!). And what’s more, they did the whole analog thing too. As Jim Adkins told Rolling Stone:
“We used tape for the first time in a long time, as well as computer…I hate saying more raw, but it’s more raw and warm. We just set up all around Alain’s house. There were instruments in his bedroom and drums in his living room. Just noise all day long. There was less an emphasis on it being clean and perfect. There’s a lot of stuff that’s more about the performance than it sounding pristine. And I think it feels better for what the songs are.”
More choice quotes from Adkins, this time pertaining to Damage‘s theme as an ‘adult break-up record’:
“I would say this album has a theme. I would describe it as an attempt at making an adult breakup record. The consequences to what the characters are going through are more significant. There’s just more to it. I’m 37 and the world around me is a lot different than when I was writing breakup songs in my 20s. I tried to reflect that in what the lyrics are.”
JEW will release the album’s title track on Record Store Day with a cover of Radiohead’s Stop Whispering on its b-side. It’s unclear at this point if the song Damage will be the disc’s lead single.
Keep it glued here for more – and if you never watched Johannes’ head spin in the video for the Sound City track A Trick with No Sleeve, do that here.