Weezer (The Black Album)
|Studio album by Weezer|
|Released||March 1, 2019|
|Format||Digital, CD, LP, Cassette|
|Label||Crush Music/Atlantic Records|
|Producer||David Andrew Sitek|
|Singles from Weezer|
Weezer, also known as "The Black Album", is Weezer's upcoming twelfth album. It was intended as a follow-up album to 2016's Weezer (The White Album). The album that was supposed to contrast the Weezer (The White Album) lyrically and musically. It had faced many delays the album halted production as they released 2017's Pacific Daydream. Rivers had stated in multiple interviews that the album was going to be urban, feature more synths, and would be ten steps further than Pacific Daydream. While Rivers stated that the album was nearly done for a May 2018 release date, Pat and Brian both said that it was in the demo stage as of February 2018.
Cuomo first talked about the Black Album when appearing on Zane Lowe’s radio show in February 2016, saying the "White Album is cool ‘cause then next we can do a Black Album and it'll be like super dark. Already working on those songs. I just love contrast."
The frontman followed up in March, indicating that he was planning to work with Jake Sinclair again, who produced the White Album. He wanted to do something radical and said “Jake, our producer, was very much the voice of conservatism, on the side of the old-school fans... He won on [White], and I'm gonna win on the next album, which is the Black Album.” He also stated that he had been working on the record for 6 months.
In April, Cuomo gave more detail about the sound of the Black Album which he said would be coming out in a year. “The next album is going to feel like an urban environment, night-time and gritty and hopefully a lot more modern sounds, synthesized sounds, samples maybe. I like to break away from the distorted power-chord thing but it’s hard ‘cos it works so well.”
In another interview in April he said that the Black Album would “require new psychological techniques, new writing techniques, new places to hang out, like Echo Park and Silver Lake. Psychoanalysis is going to play a big role. It's going to be more R-rated, with maybe swear words for the first time on a Weezer album."
Cuomo would summarize the sound as “Beach Boys gone bad.”
Pacific Daydream's announcement in August 2017 drew into question The Black Album's status, but in his talk with Zane Lowe he explained: "Initially, these songs were set aside in a Dropbox folder called "beach" until this folder started growing faster than the Black Album one did, and the album really came together." However, he insisted that the Black Album was still coming and was "pretty much ready."
In November 2017, Rivers commented in an interview with Vulture that "if Pacific Daydream was one big step away from Weezer’s history, then The Black Album is ten of those."
Backstage at the Rock and Roll Hall of Fame induction of The Cars, Scott Shriner stated "Yes. It's coming along great and there will be a new Weezer album. I promise."
On October 9th, a yelp profile was created and shared by the official Weezer twitter account. All of the reviews contained the words:
"Can't knock the hustle!
What's notable is all the establishments reviewed contained the word "Black" in their name. Later that day, the profile was deleted. The next day, a tripadvisor profile was created. Much like the yelp profile, the pattern of places containing the word "Black" continued.
Another note is that the phrase "Can't knock the hustle" is the title of a song by rapper Jay-Z off his 1996 album Reasonable Doubt. Jay-Z also has another famous album (that was intended to be his last) called The Black Album.
These reviews would turn out to be lyrics from the album's lead single "Can't Knock the Hustle".
In an interview with Dazed, Rivers indicated a hope that the album would be out in May of 2018 and that it was almost done. On February 2nd, Rivers stated on an Australian Radio show that The Black Album was coming May 25, 2018. He also said that it was very similar to Pinkerton writing wise as Pacific Daydream is the modern day Homie.
The first song to be released for the album was the single "Can't Knock the Hustle" on October 11, 2018. A second song, "Zombie Bastards", was later released on November 21, along with the album's release date of March 1, 2019.
In a November 2017 interview, Rivers mentioned the song Runner-Up, which he called Pinkerton-esque, also saying "my piano is in there, but then there are all these electronic, dark elements that sound like nothing we’ve ever done."
Weezer began playing an instrumental track on their European tour named A Ballad for the Fallen Soldier. No confirmation has been given on the song's context.
In March 2018, (in an interview) Rivers stated "the album might not even happen. It's still just a bunch of demos."
In May 2018, Rivers played a new song at a solo-acoustic set called Cardigan Disaster, which matched the descriptions of the Black Album as the song includes the lyrics "midnight in the city" and features swearing.
- Rivers Cuomo – guitars, lead vocals
- Patrick Wilson – drums
- Brian Bell – guitars, backing vocals
- Scott Shriner – bass guitar, backing vocals, synthesizers
| Studio LPs: Weezer (The Blue Album) | Pinkerton | Weezer (The Green Album) | Maladroit | Make Believe | Weezer (The Red Album) | Raditude | Hurley | |
Everything Will Be Alright in the End | Weezer (The White Album) | Pacific Daydream | Weezer (The Black Album)
EPs: Weezer's Christmas CD | The Lion and the Witch | Christmas with Weezer | Six Hits | ...Happy Record Store Day! | Spotify Sessions
Compilation Albums: Death to False Metal | (Alone series) I - II - III
Demos: Weezer's First Demo | The Kitchen Tape | Weezer's Third Demo | Songs from the Black Hole | Maladroit Demos | Early Album 5 Demos | S.I.R. Demos | Acoustic Office Demos | The Fallen Soldiers | Deliverance at Hand!
Related Side Projects: The Rentals | Homie | Space Twins | The Special Goodness | The Relationship | Scott & Rivers
DVDs: Video Capture Device | Not Alone: Rivers Cuomo & Friends Live at Fingerprints