The stage was set for Jimmy Eat World to become another "one-hit wonder" artist. Their debut album Bleed American unearthed the mammoth tune "The Middle," and it was played ad nauseam on modern rock stations. But something strange happened -- they released countless other radio friendly tunes like "Sweetness" and "Work" -- to name two, delivered a moody, melodic masterpiece in "Futures" in 2004 (methinks anyway), and toured the planet either as a headliner or opening up for mega acts like Green Day or Foo Fighters.
The multi-hit wonders are on the road headlining again in support of their Sept. 28 release "Invented," which follows chart-topper "Chase This Light" which was released in 2007. In the inner sanctum of the New York City venue Terminal 5 I chatted with the band (lead singer/ guitarist Jim Adkins, guitarist Tom Linton, bassist Rick Burch and drummer Zach Lind) hours before they melted faces, and asked them about the new album, the influence of supporting that "American Idiot" band, the loss of privacy in a social network age, and the whole bullying issue -- which is nothing to joke about.