Jimmy Eat World are poised to hit the studio again, and this time, they're flying in the man behind such alt-rock classics as Nirvana's Nevermind, the Smashing Pumpkins' Siamese Dream and Sonic Youth's Dirty to lend a helping hand.
That's right: Butch Vig — the superproducer who made his name in the 1990s by helming sessions for a who's who of alterna-heavyweights (and then only added to his rep by co-founding Garbage) — will man the decks for the new Jimmy Eat World disc, the follow-up to their brooding 2004 effort, Futures("Jimmy Eat World Get In Touch With Their Political Side On Futures").
Vig is even venturing from his native Wisconsin to the band's home studio in Tempe, Arizona.
"We are scheduled to begin recording our new record on August 7th at our own studio in Tempe," Jimmy Eat World frontman Jim Adkins wrote in a post on the band's official site. "We will be working alongside Chris Testa as our engineer, and the legendary Butch Vig will also be alongside the band making sure we don't forget to thrash unreal!! (We are pretty sure that's Wisconsin slang for 'kicking serious ass')."
If you say so, dude. Adkins goes on to write that the band have 17 songs — with names like "Big Casino," (seemingly named after his side-project, Go Big Casino) "Firefight" and "Electable" — that they're "really happy with," and that they're kicking around a handful of exclamatory titles for the album, which, judging by their ridiculousness, we're assuming can be filed under the "tentative" category.
"So far the album titles we are considering are Rick's Big Ass Dance Party!, Fight People!, Thrash Unreal! [and] Bitch Betta Have My Money!" Adkins wrote. "Notice all the potential album titles have exclamation points. One can see we mean business."
Indeed! According to another post on the site — this one by drummer Zach Lind — Jimmy Eat World have been writing songs for the new album since early February after wrapping a tour with Green Day (see "Green Day/ Jimmy Eat World Announce Massive Tour").
A release date for the album has not yet been announced, and calls to the band's label, Interscope Records, for comment had not been returned at press time.