CRY ME A RIVER(S)
Weezer’s front man doesn’t give a hoot what you think of their new album
CURIOUSLY, WHEN WEEZER announce a new record, their fans tend to experience existential terror. In their 25 years as a band, their results have always been an anxiety-producing unknown. Such is the case with their 11th LP, Pacific Daydream. Will it be iconic like their first two albums, the Blue Album and Pinkerton, which inspired a generation of socially awkward boys to feel? Or will it be utterly scorned like 2010’s Hurley, which was so abhorrent one fan attempted to raise $10 million to pay the band to retire? (He was unsuccessful.)
For his part, front man Rivers Cuomo, now 47, isn’t worried about fan reactions — at least not anymore. “It only bothered me in the early days,” he says. “I just know that’s part of the whole process of being Weezer. I feel one way when I’m making a record. Then it comes out, and people are going to have their reaction to it. Then I react to their reaction. It’s just a process that goes around.”
And the cycle is sure to continue with Pacific Daydream, an album that’s less power chord rock and more Edm-tinged Beach Boys pastiche. It’s yet another science project for a band that continues to be ruthlessly experimental, and remarkably resilient to criticism. “I’m mixing together different ingredients without an idea of what is supposed to happen,” says Cuomo. “If at the end of that experiment people say it makes them feel happy, I don’t feel I have an authority to tell them otherwise.” And that’s for all time.