Your brother’s all-time favorite band, Weezer, is back with a new self-titled, color-coded album. First it was Blue, then it was Green, then it was Red, and now it’s White. Yes, Rivers Cuomo and Co. are releasing their own White Album, and it’s sure to be the best White Album ever released.
The band first hinted at the album with a social media whiteout, but it was later confirmed that the album would, suitably, be released on April 1st of this year. It will include the previous singles “Thank God For The Girls” and “Do You Wanna Get High?” Along with the announcement, the band released a video for the song “King of the World,” which sounds a little like Wavves’ “King of the Beach,” only not as good.
As part of the announcement, Cuomo spoke on the making of the album:
The inspiration behind the songs were my experiences hanging around the Westside of Los Angeles, which has been our home since Weezer began. 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, the kids from La Sera. I would just tweet out “does anybody wanna hang?” and then I’d get together with people who responded and talk about life. I love California. I wanted the album to make you feel like you were there with us SoCal weirdos even if you’re in Milwaukee in December.
It’s also, apparently, inspired by the Beach Boys:
Obviously my favorite band has always been the Beach Boys, and what I love about them most are the melodies and the chord progressions. I guess the harmonies too. And the orchestration. Can’t forget about the lyrics. So basically everything. I wanted to get that kind of vibe: beautiful tunes and sweet lyrics. 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.
The band also announced a tour in support of the album, alongside Panic! At The Disco. Exciting! Buy tickets here.
The track list for The White Album:
01. “California Kids” 02. “Wind in Our Sail” 03. “Thank God for Girls” 04. “(Girl We Got A) Good Thing” 05. “Do You Wanna Get High?” 06. “King of the World” 07. “Summer Elaine and Drunk Dori” 08. “L.A. Girlz” 09. “Jacked Up” 10. “Endless Bummer”
“King of the World”: