Indie Rocks! interview with Brian Bell - November 13, 2019
The following interview has been translated from Spanish.
Original article: https://www.indierocks.mx/musica/entrevistas/entrevista-con-weezer/
Weezer: The beach and the city with moisturizing face masks
From Los Angeles, Brian Bell, Weezer's guitarist, picked up the phone. With a positive attitude and an affable voice -even though he was checking the California fires map because there was a chance he had to evacuate his home- he gave Indie Rocks! 10 minutes to speak about what the band is living through right now, and what's coming next, not only their presentation on Corona Capital but also the coming years. And we can't even plan our next month...
- This year, Weezer has been very prolific, a cover album and a coloured album, why was that?
- The Teal Album wasn't planned, it came out sporadically. However the Black Album was initially written when we wrote The White Album. It started as the antithesis or the b-side of Los Angeles. Thematically, white fits with the beach and the colour black fits with the city. Ever since we wrote the beach album, we kept the concept of that duality in our heads until we had the right songs to release the Black Album.
- Apparently, mantaining feelings and concepts is something common for the californian band
- We're in the process of finishing a new album that's called Van Weezer, we already released a song (The End of the Game) and after our tour with Green Day on the summer, we might get to finish another one. This other album is 80% finished, it's called OK Human and it's my favourite so far, even when it's incomplete. The solos and the songs are so good. Besides, the creative process was very inspiring. Some songs have acoustic guitars, there's organs and I hope I can add some stuff that we haven't tested yet. It's an organic album, very direct and very mature. I feel like this is the next step we need to take, musically speaking.
- For a band with more than 20 years on the road, one would think all your dreams were accomplished since the beggining. Nevertheless, that wishlist isn't concluded yet.
- We played on the Hollywood Bowl a few weeks ago and that was literally the best thing that's ever happened to me. Easily the best thing that's ever happened to me. Besides, its our second time on tour with the Pixies and I hope it's not our last one. Me and the bassist became good friends, we saw the World Series this summer. He had a moisturizing face maks, one of those things to hydrate your skin. We both wore them and saw the World Series.
- We're exited to come back to Meixco, but we're scared of not making the expectations. Besides, there's a lot of big stuff on the lineup. Last time we were on this festival in Mexico, Jack White was there, I already knew him so I went and said hi, but I wouldn't say we hung out. We're not the kind of people that hang out with other bands. It's our introverted nature, but we usually focus on our set.
- Finally, we spoke about the evoulution and trends in the world of music
- I'm the wrong guy to say who the next big deal in the industry is, but the best album I heard this year was Surf's Up by an English band called Fat White Family. I think it's great. However, I don't know, the new icon of the music industry? I think it's related to politics