Jimmy Eat World To Release New Album ‘Damage,’ An ‘Adult Breakup Record’

Jimmy Eat World announced on its website Tuesday (April 3) that its forthcoming album, Damage, will be released June 11. This will be the Mesa, Arizona band’s eighth studio album, following up 2010’s Invented.

“I think with Invented [there was] an outline that it would be themed around,” frontman Jim Adkins recently told Rolling Stone. “Not necessarily a subject, but we had a direction before we wrote it. As you get older it’s more interesting to have a theme that everything tries to support – 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.”

Despite not having a record label at the time, the alternative radio darlings began recording the album last August. According to Adkins, the band went back and fourth with a few labels and “very recently” signed with RCA. Damage was produced by Jimmy Eat World and Alain Johannes, known for work with Mark Lanegan and Chris Cornell, while mixing was performed by James Brown (not that James Brown), who recently worked on Dave Grohl’s Sound City album.

Jimmy Eat World will also be releasing a new limed-edition 7-inch EP for Record Store Day (April 20) featuring the LP’s title track “Damage,” along with and a cover of “Stop Whispering,” from Radiohead‘s 1993 album Pablo Honey.

Damage Tracklist

  1. Appreciation
  2. Damage
  3. Lean
  4. Book of Love
  5. I Will Steal You Back
  6. Please Say No
  7. How’d You Have Me
  8. No, Never
  9. Byebyelove
  10. You Were Good

The band will also set out on tour beginning May 17 at San Diego’s XFest followed by Live 105’s BFD.

5/17 Sleep Train Arena, San Diego, CA
5/19 Live 105’s BFD, Mountain View, CA
6/14 Pinkpop 2013, Landgraaf, NL
6/15 Download Festival, Donnington Park, UK
6/21 Hurricane Festival, Eichenring Scheessel, DE


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