For such a young-looking band, it might be shocking to some that Jimmy Eat World is coming up on their 20th anniversary.
The Arizona-based band started with frontman Jim Adkins and drummer Zach Lind playing music their senior year in high school. Fittingly, break-out tunes like “The Middle” were rife with youthful angst and 20-something identity crises. But their upcoming album Damage was described by Adkins to be an “adult break-up record.”
The album’s first single, “I Will Steal You Back,” world-premiered this morning on KROQ’s Kevin & Bean morning show, at which point Adkins explained the grown-up sentiment behind the classic Jimmy Eat World mid-tempo sonic love letter.
“Love songs are what make rock ‘n’ roll go around,” he said. “It’s just sort me trying to take an honest look at what that might be in an older context. In a non-bubblegum kind of way. It’s also kind of more about bettering ourselves in the process. It’s about focusing on making decision instead of just resolutions.”