Weezer offers other side of beach album vibe with ‘The White Album’
Assuring fans the April 1 new album release and subsequent tour are “not a joke,’ Weezer is back with the band’s tenth studio album via Crush Music/Atlantic Records. The eponymous LP being referred to as “The White Album” has a typical Weezer tongue-in-cheek vibe as an “L.A. beach album.” Founder and frontman Rivers Cuomo writes in a news item posted on Weezer.com that the album was inspired by his experiences “hanging around the Westside of Los Angeles, which has been our home since Weezer began.” Cuomo adds he loves California and wanted the album to have a “Beach Boys sort of vibe to make you feel like you were there with us SoCal weirdos even if you’re in Milwaukee in December.”
Cuomo writes in his message to fans the “The White Album” is about “Hanging out with people in Venice and Santa Monica, the beach, the Hare Krishnas, the Sikh on roller blades with the guitar, girls on Tinder within a 4 mile radius, seeing other bands, etc. I would just tweet out ‘does anybody wanna hang?’ and then I’d get together with people who responded and talk about life.”
The singer also discusses his love of the Beach Boys and how their melodies, chord progressions, harmonies, orchestration and lyrics were part of the vibe he intended to capture on the album. “I also love the dark side of the beach—Venice after dark, hearing at the Del Monte Speakeasy about how the gangsters used to drag the bodies through the catacombs and leave them under the pier.”
New single ‘King of the World’ is currently No. 23 on the Mediabase Alternative airplay chart. It follows previous single releases ‘Thank God For Girls’ and ‘Do You Wanna Get High?’ The remaining titles on the Weezer track list include ‘California Kids,’ ‘Wind in Our Sail,’ ‘(Girl We Got A) Good Thing,’ ‘Summer Elaine and Drunk Dori,’ ‘L.A. Girlz,’ ‘Jacked Up,’ and ‘Endless Bummer.’
A review on iTunes.com paints the album as a “colorful mess of people from the West L.A. beach scene.” ‘California Kids’ is about a “pack of heroic slackers,” ‘Thank God for Girls is a love story set in a cannoli shop, and the “sugar-sweet hook” in ‘(Girl We Got A) Good Thing’ is set against the backdrop of tambourine-playing Krishnas. While most of the White Album’s portraits are painted with “overdriven guitars and Beach Boys-inspired ‘oohs,’” iTunes notes none is more cathartic than the album’s closer, ‘Endless Bummer,’ which begins as an “acoustic beach-fire sing-along” and ends with a “blistering” solo.
“The White Album” is the follow up to Everything Will Be Alright in the End, which Weezer released in October 2014. It’s the band’s first album on Republic Records and third to be produced by former Cars frontman Ric Ocasek, who previously worked on the 1994 and 2001 self-titled projects. The set is marked by a departure from the electronic pop production of Weezer's previous two albums, and is a return to the band’s signature sound.
Weezer is scheduled to perform at the Beale Street Music Festival in Memphis (April 29) before embarking on a summer tour of North America with Panic! At The Disco. Shows at venues in more than 40 cities in the U.S. and Canada begin June 10 in The Woodlands, Texas, and continue through Aug. 6 in Irvine, California. The band is also slated to do a festival tour of South Korea, Singapore, and Japan (Aug. 12-Aug. 21).
Watch Weezer in the official music video for ‘King Of The World’ from the veteran outfit’s self-titled tenth studio album.
As A Matter of Fact…
* L.A.-based Weezer was founded in 1992 by singer-guitarist Rivers Cuomo, drummer Patrick Wilson, bassist Matt Sharp, and guitarist Jason Cropper. The band has released 10 studio albums, two compilation albums, one video album, six extended plays, 28 singles and 24 music videos. Weezer has sold more than 9 million albums in the U.S. and 17 million worldwide.
* Weezer's self-titled debut studio album—referred to as “The Blue Album”—was released in May 1994 via DGC Records. The album peaked at No. 16 on the Billboard 200 and eventually went triple-platinum, led by single ‘Buddy Holly’ reaching No. 2 on the Billboard Alternative Songs chart and No. 18 on the Billboard Hot 100.
* Second studio album Pinkerton was released in September 1996 and got back to the Top 20 of the Billboard 200. The album failed to match the success of its predecessor, but the single ‘El Scorcho’ reached No. 19 on the alternative charts.
* Weezer went on a hiatus until May 2001, returning with third studio album and the second to bear a color as a self-titled album more commonly referred to as “The Green Album.” The new collection moved into the Top 5 of the Billboard 200 and became the group’s second certified platinum album behind the alternative chart singles ‘Hash Pipe’ (No. 2), ‘Island in the Sun’ (No. 11), and ‘Photograph’ (No. 17).
* In May 2005, Weezer’s fifth studio album, Make Believe, got the band back on track. The album produced by Rick Rubin got all the way to No. 2 on the Billboard 200 and spawned four singles including the international hit ‘Beverly Hills, which became the band's first Top 10 hit on the Hot 100 and first to top the alternative chart. Make Believe is also Weezer’s third platinum-selling album.
* More success followed in June 2008 as Weezer’s third self-titled studio album (The Red Album) peaked at No. 4 on the Billboard 200 and placed two more singles in the Top 5 of the alternative songs chart with the No. 1 ‘Pork and Beans’ (which spent 11 weeks atop the chart) and No. 2 ‘Troublemaker.’