Published Jul 17, 2014Weezer have been dropping a steady stream of tidbits of information about their album Everything Will Be Alright in the End, and now they've shed some light on what fans should expect from the album.
A new interview with Entertainment Weekly reveals that the band and producer Ric Ocasek (of the Cars) recorded the album in Cuomo's garage studio. Apparently, it finds the band changing gears after the slick, radio-geared sound of 2009's Raditude and 2010's Hurley. The album has been in the works for four years, marking a change from the prolific pace that the band maintained over the prior decade.
"'I knew I wanted to make a great album, and I knew it would take a long time,'' Cuomo said. ''I sequestered myself in my studio and just let it come in layers. I told everyone, 'This is going to take some time, but it's going to be worth it.' It's difficult. As creative people, we love to make something and share it with the world, and do it again and again and again. We had been working like that for several years leading up to 2010, but I just felt this great calling to do something big and thoughtful, and for whatever reason, I can't do that in a few months.''
Guitarist Brian Bell estimated that he listened to "over 200" songs in contention for the record. Ultimately, around 20 got tracked and approximately a dozen will end up on the final product.
While the band have yet to detail the tracklist, a proggy three-part suite called "Anonymous" may appear as the final cut, and a "hook-filled anthem" called "Ain't Got Nobody" is likely to be the opener.
Regarding the lyrics, Cuomo said, ''I'm hearing three big themes. One is my relationship to other people, and how I want to have super-deep relationships and risk and share and how scary that can be, and how sometimes it's just not appropriate to tell everybody everything and how painful that is for me. Then there's relationships with women. That's always a hot topic for me. And I was originally thinking of the third theme as father figures, but with a spin."
As for the title, he clarified that it might not be as optimistic as it initially appears. "I think once the title is digested along with the art work and the music, I think it won't seem as purely optimistic as someone who is just seeing the title alone," he explained. "You'll see some melancholy in there too."
Everything Will Be Alright in the End is due out on September 30 through Republic.