When I interviewed Jim Adkins in September 2015, it was a pretty big milestone. I set out with a list of a bunch of people I really wanted to interview and I’ve made a pretty big dent on that list, and there’s more to come.
Given how much I love Jimmy Eat World, I was more than keen to have a chat with Tom when the band came into Glasgow recently. So I guess I can tick another off that goddamn list.
In my interview with Jim I spoke about how seeing the music video for ‘The Middle’ on MTV2 was a pretty big deal for me. It opened my eyes to a whole new musical world. As a punk kind, connecting with something so tuneful, melodic and emotionally upbeat was met with a healthy degree of trepidation. But I rolled with it. Bleed American is a great record for sure, and it still holds a huge place in my heart.
However, my journey into Jimmy Eat World’s discography did not start with Bleed American. Sure, it’s an important album for me, but as was somewhat customary in the days before YouTube, poor working class teenagers took to file sharing programs in order to find music from bands they liked. Sometimes you heard a song on the radio. Sometimes on a music channel. Or sometimes you read about it in a music magazine. But no matter how you came into contact with it, inevitably it was downloaded and stored some on your computer.
I used to make mix CDs of my favourite songs and listen to them on my discman. I’d say it was a simpler time, but when it comes down to it, it was a lot of faff for not a lot of music.
In among the deluge of JEW songs I acquired during my initial spurt of piracy, I came across ‘Blister’. Given my general ignorance at the time, my first impression was that I was listening to a different band. As it turns out, I wasn’t.
That song is what made me fall in love with Jimmy Eat World. I haven’t looked back since.
Getting the chance to talk with Tom was great. As you can tell from the interview he’s a pretty thoughtful dude. The interview is quite good humoured, and he’s an absolutely lovely guy too.
Intro: David Szesztay – Combat
Music Bed: Lobo Loco – Turtle Parade
Outro: Blue Dot Sessions – Inessential
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