PAINT IT BLACK
Everything you need to know about the next era of WEEZER and their highly-anticipated BLACK ALBUM…
IT’S THE FIFTH IN THEIR COLOUR-CODED ALBUM SERIES
…and 12th LP overall. The reason for its colour? Because it’s the polar opposite of 2016’s brilliant White Album, duh. “What could stand out more against White than Black?” frontman Rivers Cuomo hinted to DIY at the time, before pointing to a potential new darkness in the Weezer canon. “I think it’s going to maybe be like Beach Boys gone bad…”
AND IT FEATURES A BIZARRE NEW SINGLE, ZOMBIE BASTARDS
With a strangely emphatic chorus of, ‘ Die, die, you zombie bastards’ repeating over typically catchy-as-hell pop melodies, Weezer’s latest offering is something of a contradictory listen. But that’s just Rivers in a nutshell, and it hopefully means there’s plenty more weirdness on the way. Thank God.
IT FOLLOWS OCTOBER SINGLE CAN’T KNOCK THE HUSTLE
Remember that random video of Fall Out Boy bassist/part-time cab driver Pete ‘Rivers’ Wentz cruising around in a taxi with two passengers being, um, inappropriate in the backseat? Good, because its accompanying single is also on The Black Album. So that’s zombies and Ubers already covered. Just what we were all hoping for, then…
THE RECORD WAS WRITTEN ENTIRELY ON PIANO
Yep, before taking the music into the studio with producer Dave Sitek, Rivers reportedly nailed The Black Album on the keys first. It’s an interesting approach for a man who has written music with everyone from Panic! At The Disco to Katy Perry; somehow, 30 years into his career, the songwriter is still finding new ways of creating.
AND IT COMES WITH SOME SUITABLY ODD MERCH
Rather than just going down the straightforward ‘T-shirt and a coloured vinyl’ route, a fan grabbing a Black Album bundle can expect air fresheners, a licence plate cover and even a car windshield screen. Annoying if you don’t drive, tbh…
THEY’RE MARKING THE NEWS WITH A UK LIVE RETURN
Well, three months after the album’s release. Heading to London for a headline show at the O2 Academy Brixton, Weezer will be bringing The Black Album (and more) to UK soil on June 29. Plenty of time to perfect the zombie outfits, then.
THE BLACK ALBUM IS DUE OUT ON MARCH 1, 2 0 19. weezer play london’s o2 academy brixton in june – SEE THE GIG GUIDE