Jimmy Eat World released their eighth album Damage this week so we caught up with frontman Jim (who’d have thought?) to ask him our WORLD FAMOUS twenty questions.
What is your favourite video game of all time?
“That’s a tough question. I could play 720 forever. It’s an old skate game. I had Tony Hawk’s Pro-Skater HD where they went back and remade the first game look good for current consoles… and it’s pretty hard. I like skating video games and video games that are boring to watch when you’re not playing like Assassin’s Creed and Tomb Raider.”
How many members of Wu-Tang Clan can you name?
“ODB, RZA, GZA, Raekwon… DMX? No, wait. Redman? No, he wasn’t in the nine. I’m gonna hate myself if I can’t get more than four. Dammit, I’m gonna have to say four.”
Where is the best place in the world?
“I guess for international destination I like Australia a lot. Some places you go and it’s overwhelmingly awesome. London’s that way, Tokyo’s that way, New York City’s that way – but there’s not even a specific city in Australia, the whole country is like the secret awesome, you know? The people are great there and I could live there. I mean, London’s great but there’s no way in hell I could live there.”
If you could travel through time, where do you go and what do you do?
“I’d go far into the future and see if anyone had figured out dark matter (laughs). I’d find out if anyone has figured out the crazy science questions that seem to perplex everyone. I’d see if anyone has common sense explanations for abstract concepts like the theory of multiverses.”
What is the worst injury you’ve ever suffered?
“I ruptured my eardrum once – that was excruciating. I was wakeboarding and tried to turn doing a hockey stop kinda slow down but I caught the front edge and just slammed on the side of my body and caught my ear on the plane of the water. I spent hours in the emergency room with blood coming out of my ear scaring kids.”
What is your favourite mythical creature?
Are gnarwhals real? The whale and unicorn thing? They are. They’re pretty rad. I’ll say the minotaur, they’re pretty badass.
What is your favourite insult?
Probably “I know you are but what am I?” The turnaround insult that just perplexes people. If someone goes there with you then it’s free reign to be a child back to them.
What is your favourite smell?
Are you good at any sports?
I’m okay at ping pong and I’m alright at billiards. I want to get better at golf but it’s an expensive habit. I’m kind of a fair-weather sports fan – they say you don’t choose your team you’re born into it so I have to say my team is Newcastle United because that was the first football game I saw over here. There’s nothing like professional football over here. The closest thing we have to that is really intense rivalries between American football college teams. Ohio State vs Michigan is probably the closest thing to that experience. The almost psychotic dedication to the team, there’s nothing quite like it. I saw Newcastle play Manchester United and it was amazing. There was no advertising at half-time, no Jumbotron, the ring around the pitch was just the clock and no-one was running up and down yelling about beer – you would never see that in the States. And the level of play was just mind-blowing.
What was the first album you ever bought?
Def Leppard’s Pyromania back in the cassette days. Sometimes I’ll put Pyromania on as walk-in music for people at our shows and it’ll start really well but by the time it gets to Die Hard The Hunter it’s like ‘Oh shit, they’re playing the whole album…’
Booze of choice?
I don’t really drink any more but I really like scotch but if I had an open bar and could make anything it would be the Dark ‘N’ Stormy. It’s Goslings Black Seal Rum and ginger beer. The secret is a really nice ginger beer.
What’s the punchline to your favourite joke?
What’s the most illegal thing you’ve ever done?
Trespassing and skating on our high school roof top – which is also a bad idea. Kids, don’t do that.
If you weren’t doing this for a living what would you be doing?
Before music got serious I was on a path to an exciting career in journalism. My dream would have been a photojournalism gig working for a paper or something. When I was exploring what’s a ‘career’ I liked writing and I liked photography so that seemed the way to go.
What would be your superpower of choice?
Teleportation cos it’d be badass! I’d use it for evil and rob a bank or two – just the naughty banks though – the ones that foreclose on people who are in need.
What’s the most you’ve ever needed the toilet?
As a kid we were Christmas caroling with the church group and it was rough. We were in a van driving round and having to sing, but I was too embarrassed to ask at the houses we visited so I held it in for ages.
Why should people buy your new album Damage?
If you’re into guitar-based melodic rock music then you should check it out.
What’s the stupidest thing you’ve done to impress a sexy person?
Probably wear cologne. I don’t know what I was thinking but she called me out on it. Not good.
If you have an hour to kill, how do you fill it?
I’ve become a pretty big Words With Friends player. My wife is really good at Scrabble and for ages she’d never play me because I sucked and would just talk shit instead of actually playing. But I’ve been secretly building up skills to challenge her and beat her and I finally did. It wasn’t easy, though. If you’re playing on your phone it won’t let you play the rude words but it will accept words like ‘shat’.
Tell us an interesting fact about you that no-one knows…
I can juggle. Just oranges at the minute but I’d love to work my way up to chainsaws and bowling balls, though. And fire. Maybe once this guitar-playing career is over I’ll work on the chainsaws.