Weezer’s Black Album will be released on May 25
“You are a machine,” Weezer drummer Patrick Wilson said to Rivers Cuomo when visiting Double J mornings to Take 5 today.
The comment was about the rate at which the band’s frontman writes new material. If you need tangible proof of that, Rivers also used the interview to announce the release date of Weezer’s 12th album – The Black Album – which will be out on Friday 25 May.
Cuomo has been writing for The Black Album for a long time. In fact, it was the record he was working on when he accidentally wrote the band’s 2017 album Pacific Daydream.
“This other album just kind of materialised,” he said. “I had two folders on my Dropbox: one was ‘The Black Album’, and it didn’t get filled as quickly as this other folder, which I temporarily titled ‘New Folder’. That one filled up with ten songs that were definitely different, but not quite as different as The Black Album.
“So, we put a name on it – Pacific Daydream – and put that out first.”
This isn’t the first time Rivers has ended up deviating from the record he wanted to make. The band’s acclaimed 1996 album Pinkerton came with by-product as well.
“It’s real challenging for me. I don’t gravitate towards super dark music,” he said. “There’s always got to be something triumphant about it in the end. So, I’ve been struggling trying to figure out how I can do a Black Album as a writer.
“When I was writing Pinkerton, at the same time I couldn’t help but write these really sunshiny country-pop songs. It’s kind of like this waste product on the side while I’m trying to purify some kind of metal in my shop.”
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And while Pacific Daydream is a definite departure for Weezer – one of many that the band’s fans have enjoyed/endured over the past 15 years – Cuomo expects The Black Album to be further still from what many would expect from a Weezer record.
“The Black Album should feel like about ten steps in some other direction,” he said.
Rivers seems at peace with the mixed reception his band’s recorded material has received over the years, admitting that he’s not necessarily making new music to please his fans.
“The albums are for us,” he said. “We’re gonna do what we’re gonna do.
“When it comes to the show, you just want to create as much joy as you can in the room – so the setlist is basically ‘what’s gonna make this place go off?’ At that point, the ball is in the court of the audience.”