Weezer have unveiled their latest full-length, The Black Album. The record follows up the ’90s alt-rockers’ unexpected collection of covers, The Teal Album, at the start of the year and their last traditional work, 2017’s Pacific Daydream.
Each of the LP’s 10 tracks were conceived by Rivers Cuomo at home on a piano, marking a first for the band. The frontman then sent the material off to producer and longtime fan TV on the Radio’s Dave Sitek, who experimented with the songs with the rest of the group. This wasn’t the only departure from Weezer’s traditional songwriting process, as members used the album to experiment with different instruments, such as drummer Patrick Wilson on guitar and bassist Scott Shriner on synth.
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As noted in a statement, the unexpected viral success of Weezer’s cover of Toto’s “Africa” ultimately delayed the new album. Said Cuomo in a statement, “‘Africa’ blew up so big, it put the original Black Album on hold indefinitely, but now we have a much cooler record.” Sitek was initially tapped to produce another collection for the band while they debated the fate of the original Black Album and focused on The Teal Album. After his work on single “Can’t Knock the Hustle”, the group committed to the “cool and weird and interesting” direction the TV on the Radio star was taking them and totally reimagined The Black Album.
Take a listen to the latest from Weezer for yourself below, plus check out its artwork and tracklist.
Weezer (The Black Album) Artwork:
Weezer (The Black Album) Tracklist:
01. Can’t Knock the Hustle
02. Zombie Bastards
03. High as a Kite
04. Living in L.A.
05. Piece of Cake
06. I’m Just Being Honest
07. Too Many Thoughts in my Head
08. The Prince who Wanted Everything
10. California Snow
Weezer embark on a co-headlined tour with Pixies starting on March 8th. Early on during this shared stint, both acts will join up with Sitek’s main project, TV on the Radio, for a highly anticipated triple bill at New York City’s famed Madison Square Garden on March 12th. See Weezer’s full tour itinerary below, and grab tickets here.
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Weezer and Pixies 2019 Tour Dates:
03/08 – Louisville, KY @ KFC Yum! Center
03/10 – Columbia, SC @ Colonial Life Arena
03/12 – New York, NY @ Madison Square Garden ^
03/13 – Montreal, QC @ Bell Centre
03/14 – Albany, NY @ Times Union Center
03/16 – Mashantucket, CT @ Foxwoods Resort Casino
03/17 – Baltimore, MD @ Royal Farms Arena
03/19 – Columbus, OH @ Schottenstein Center
03/20 – Grand Rapids, MI @ Van Andel Arena
03/22 – Memphis, TN @ FedEx Forum
03/24 – St. Louis, MO @ Enterprise Center
03/26 – Kansas City, MO @ Sprint Center
03/27 – Tulsa, OK @ BOK Center
03/28 – Des Moines, IA @ Wells Fargo Arena
03/30 – St. Paul, MN @ Xcel Energy Center
03/31 – Madison, WI @ Alliant Energy Center
04/05 – Nampa, ID @ Ford Idaho Center Arena
04/06 – Portland, OR @ Moda Center
04/07 – Vancouver, BC @ Rogers Arena
04/09 – Sacramento, CA @ Golden 1 Center
04/10 – Oakland, CA @ Oracle Arena
04/12 – Las Vegas, NV @ Mandalay Bay Event Center
^ = w/ TV on the Radio