In a move that makes too much sense — especially these days — Weezer has opted to leave Geffen Records, after working with them for nearly 16 years. As Billboard reports, the band came to the decision late last year, and since then, they’ve been working on a variety of exciting change ups.
“We’re always planning and scheming something,” bassist Scott Shriner tells Billboard. “We’re always working on some new music. I can’t really go into any detail about that yet, but we’re all writing and working on new stuff.”
In addition to new stuff, fans can expect a reissued and overstuffed Pinkerton release, along with a rarities and B-sides collection titled Odds & Ends (a Who reference?). They’ll also be on the soundtrack for the forthcoming fourth Shrek film due out this summer. Shriner adds: “I think we’re just kind of looking at efficiency and the way to reach the most people. I don’t know if anybody’s super excited about getting in a bus again right now. This just seems to be the way it’s going.”
Here’s some advice, guys. Take it if you want. Drop the tongue-in-cheek nonsense (e.g. Lil’ Wayne guest spots, snuggies, etc). It was funny, but not exactly timeless. Instead, try and carve out an honest record, which shouldn’t be too hard now that you’re on your own terms. Make it something soft ‘n’ fuzzy, perhaps? When you have the chance to polish something, don’t. When you want to dial Lady Gaga for an extended dance track and/or iTunes bonus single? Put down the phone. Above all, just see what happens. If it fails, then pick up where you left off…
Just our two cents.
Did this get you all nostalgic for Weezer? You’re not alone. Check out Nicholas Palumbo’s latest article on Pinkerton.