Weezer can’t help but continue to build on the legacy established in the mid-90s, releasing new albums with the fervor of a band 20 years their junior.
Speaking with Double J’s Mornings With Zan Rowe while in the country supporting the Foo Fighters on their Concrete And Gold Australian tour, frontman Rivers Cuomo revealed the release date for the band’s upcoming release The Black Album, announced less than 24-hours after the release of their last album Pacific Daydream.
Cuomo detailed how Pacific Daydream “kind of materialized” while they were working on The Black Album: “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.”
Establishing their core fanbase on the merit of pop-drenched rock tracks like ‘Island In The Sun’ and ‘Buddy Holly’, Cuomo explained that The Black Album, set for a May 25 release will feature “super dark” sounds, “It’s real challenging for me. I don’t gravitate towards super dark music. 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.”
Back in October, Cuomo also described the music of this upcoming record as “a lot more modern and electronic and not-90s sounding.”