Everything Will Be Alright in the End- Weezer’s Teasers Building up Hype for Their 9th Studio Album
Attention all 90‘s Kids: Perhaps you were born prior to the 1990’s, or maybe right smack in the middle of them—regardless, it would be pretty hard to believe that anyone in this day and age hasn’t come across L.A.’s own alternative rock band Weezer more than once or twice. Officially formed in 1992, Weezer first hit the national music scene in May of 1994 with unforgettable hits off their first and self-titled album (more commonly referred to as The Blue Album), such as “Undone - The Sweater Song” and “Buddy Holly”. Since the airing of the “Buddy Holly” video on MTV, the dorky quartet originally consisting of Rivers Cuomo (lead vocals and guitar), Patrick Wilson (drums and back vocals), Jason Cropper (guitar and back vocals), and Matt Sharp (bass and back vocals) have consistently topped charts with their “bubble grunge” hits and captivated angsty teenagers all over the globe with 8 studio albums over the past twenty years. Like most great bands, the alt-rock icon Weezer has had it’s ups and downs: the falling outs between band members, the struggle to maintain an image in a rapidly changing and constantly transforming music world, and some disappointing and discouraging unpopular albums. However, Weezer has recently resurfaced as the kings of dorky cool with the release of intriguing #WeezerWednesday minute long teaser videos anticipating the release of their newest album Everything Will Be Alright in the End. The first of the videos, released in March of 2014, gave off a “homemade-90’s-filmed-in-your-parents-basement” vibe, hinting at the bands choice to go back to their original sound. The videos then began to take on an even older cinematographic ambience taking the viewer back as far as the sixties. As more and more of these nostalgic videos hit the web, Weezer fans grew more and more curious about what they could expect after the bands last, less than satisfactory 2010 album Hurley.
To confirm the suspicions, drummer Pat Wilson assured the public that EWBAITE will take you back to similar sounds from the early Weezer in an interview with Entertainment Weekly: “If you took the Pinkerton band and then play all the other records—that’s what we sound like now. Bombastic, loose, kind of booming. This record sounds like it’s going to have the tight structure of Blue Album with a little bit more abandon like Pinkerton”. Teaming back up with The Cars frontman, Ric Ocasek, who produced both The Blue Album and the 2001 Green Album, one can expect the same energy and heavy guitar orientated sound the alternative rock world fell in love with in ‘94. Though Ocasek was not their first choice considering their conflicts in the past, Cuomo justified their decision by stating, “there was no one on Earth who could get [their original sound] better than Ric”.
To clarify for those who are not exactly into all things oldschool, Everything will not just focus on 90’s music style. Listener’s have been promised a twist on Weezer’s old sound with stories from 2014. Any Best Coast fans out there? The lo-fi indie rock band’s sarcastic badass frontwoman Bethany Cosentino will appear on EWBAITE track “Go Away”; A collaboration so worth getting psyched about, Beth herself is even freaking out:
Thanx 4 yr kind words + support on my involvement w/ "Go Away"- @Weezer is/was SO important to me + my youth so this is huge for me!
— Bethany Cosentino (@best_coast) August 28, 2014
“ewbaite 18 ‘Go Away’”
All that paired with Everything’s quirkily rad album art, it’s safe to tell Weezer fan’s to dust off your “W”’s and break out your Doc Martens and ironic sweater vests: Everything Will Be Alright in the End will be sure to take you back in time and will definitely not disappoint. Don’t believe me? Below is a link to the first single they leaked off Everything, “Cleopatra”, and I’ll let you decide for yourself.
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