PAINT IT BLACK

Ev­ery­thing you need to know about the next era of WEEZER and their highly-an­tic­i­pated BLACK AL­BUM…

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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

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