Newspaper article Manchester Evening News

Adkins' Gigs Now a World Away from before ; Former Jimmy Eat World Frontman Is Doing It for Himself - Oh, and the Other Jim Adkins

Newspaper article Manchester Evening News

Adkins' Gigs Now a World Away from before ; Former Jimmy Eat World Frontman Is Doing It for Himself - Oh, and the Other Jim Adkins

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IT'S hardly surprising that Jim Adkins - the frontman of American alt-rock veterans Jimmy Eat World - has taken so enthusiastically to life as a solo artist.

After all, when a typical world tour with your main act often resembles a minor military operation, the prospect of a more low maintenance jaunt must seem positively liberating.

"The best thing about being solo?" he muses. "It's the idea that I can literally just walk in off the street and play a gig within five minutes.

"With a Jimmy Eat World tour, it's a big operation with tour buses and long soundchecks. As a solo artist, it's just me and my acoustic guitar.

"It's so much easier."

It's pretty clear that Adkins, the freshlyminted solo artist, is trying his utmost to invoke the spirit of the troubadour, the age- old 'have guitar, will perform' modus operandi of the busker.

But the 39-year-old is obviously anything but an anonymous street busker. With Jimmy Eat World, his band of 20-plus years, he established a potent brand of commercial alt-rock which came to define the 90s and presaged the arrival of emo and pop-punk atop the charts.

That the band have both defined and outlived the emo invasion is credit to their consistency and powers of reinvention.

But, like any band that reaches veteran rock star status, Jimmy Eat World were in danger of, Adkins admits, "getting into a cycle of write, tour, record, tour, pull our heads together then write again".

The process of breaking that cycle began last year when, following Jimmy Eat World's lengthy world tour marking the tenth anniversary of their seminal Futures album, Adkins mapped out plans for a solo acoustic tour.

Whilst the idea of rock bands going unplugged is hardly an unusual one, for Adkins - the reluctant elder statesman of emo - the whole experience has completely reshaped his approach to playing live.

"The solo shows are something that I've kind of done infrequently," he says. …

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