Seeing Futures

Tempe's Jimmy Eat World heads in the right direction with a new album

Adkins elaborates. "It could be this pretty thing, and maybe not a lot of depth to it, but you add in . . ." He pauses, pointing across the room to a red Krank Amp, which is made locally. "There's the amp," Adkins says, laughing. "We wanted to get the most metal, Hessian amp that they had. It doesn't work anymore because during that song, every knob was as high as it can go, and it was running through echo pedals and stuff. It was the most insane feedback you could get. And to put that on the prettiest song on the album, this quiet one -- little last touches can really drastically help a song's effectiveness, or take it to the wrong place."

With the album about to hit the streets, we'll soon know whether or not Jimmy Eat World took its songs to the right place. Signs point to yes.

E-mail michele.laudig@newtimes.com

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