Weezer Set to Deliver the "Black Album" in May

Rivers Cuomo says to expect something "dark"
Weezer Set to Deliver the "Black Album" in May
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We certainly didn't think much of Weezer's latest full-length effort Pacific Daydream, but the alt-rockers have now revealed they are set to return with a new record this spring.

The next release in the group's collection of self-titled, colour-coded LPs will be the "Black Album," as the band revealed on Australian radio station Double J's Mornings with Zan Rowe yesterday (February 1). As Stereogum points out, Weezer have set May 25 as the record's release date.

On the show, frontman Rivers Cuomo explained how Pacific Daydream "kind of materialized" while they were at work on the "Black Album."

As he tells it, "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 10 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."

Cuomo added that the album's title can give listeners an idea of what to expect from the new material.

"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."

Back in October of last year, Cuomo told Dazed that the album would be "a lot more modern and electronic and not '90s sounding."

As previously reported, Weezer are set to tour with the Pixies this summer.

Weezer's first six albums are available as a vinyl box set or individually through Umusic.