American alt rock icons of the 90s Weezer who have a maintained a devoted cult for decades are releasing ‘The Black Album’ which is hot on the heels of their most recent ‘Pacific Daydream’. River Cuomo (lead vocals. lead guitar. keyboards) says that the idea was to make material for the Black Album befitting its name. “It’s real challenging for me. I don’t gravitate towards super dark music. There’s always got to be something triumphant about it in the end. So, I’ve been struggling trying to figure out how I can do a ‘Black Album’ as a writer.” Cuomo explained how Pacific Daydream “kind of materialized” while they were working on The Black Album: “I had two folders on my Dropbox: one was the ‘Black Album,’ and it didn’t get filled as quickly as this other folder, which I temporarily titled ‘New Folder.’ That one filled up with ten songs that were definitely different, but not quite as different as the ‘Black Album.’ So we put a name on it — Pacific Daydream — and put that out first.”
Back in October, Cuomo described the music of this upcoming record as “a lot more modern and electronic and not-90s sounding.” ‘The Black Album’ was produced by TV On The Radio's Dave Sitek, with whom the band worked for the first time. The album's songs were entirely written on piano by frontman Rivers Cuomo for the first time in Weezer history, creating some of the most satisfyingly awesome songs in the entire hits-filled Weezer catalogue. With band members switching up instruments in the studio, and choruses filtered through Sitek's own encyclopedic musical references of everything from Gorillaz to Can to Pink Floyd, Weezer. ‘The Black Album’ is the bold next step in the winning streak of acclaimed albums they've released since 2014.