Yesterday, Weezer whited out all of their social media pages in anticipation of some big news, and now it’s official: Another self-titled Weezer album, which henceforth shall be known as the White Album, is on the way. (No, not that White Album.) The band produced the album themselves with the help of Jake Sinclair, and they’re self-releasing it on April Fools’ Day. Along with the recently released singles “Thank God For Girls” and “Do You Wanna Get High?,” the album will contain the newly shared song “King Of The World,” which comes with a black-and-white SCANTRON-directed video of a grubby-looking “king” getting drunk on a boardwalk. Watch, listen, and check out the rest of the tracklist below, along with some new tour dates and a short Q&A with frontman Rivers Cuomo.
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”
Here’s a brief Q&A about the album with Rivers Cuomo that the band shared in a press release:
What was the inspiration behind the songs on this record?
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.
How do you see this album as a “beach album”?
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.
What are you most excited/proud of with this album?
I’m proud of the demented lyrics that are like, “What? Who says that? Who thinks that? What planet on am I on? I don’t know, but I kinda wanna stay!” Welcome to our planet, people! After twenty-four years, we still love being in this band and we wanna keep it going for at least another fourteen years.
Weezer have also announced a tour in support of the White Album, during which they’ll be co-headlining with Panic! At the Disco and joined by Andrew McMahon In The Wilderness. Here are the dates for that:
03/30 Brooklyn, NY @ Warsaw (Weezer only)
04/03 Manchester, UK @ Academy One (Weezer only)
04/05 London, UK @ O2 Brixton Academy (Weezer only)
04/08 Amsterdam, NL @ Heineken Music Hall (Weezer only)
06/10 Houston, TX @ Cynthia Woods Mitchell Pavilion
06/11 Corpus Christi, TX @ Concrete Street Amphitheater**
06/12 New Orleans, LA @ Bold Sphere Music at Champions Square
06/14 Miami, FL @ Bayfront Park Amphitheater
06/15 Tampa, FL @ MidFlorida Credit Union Amphitheater
06/16 Atlanta, GA @ Aarons Amphitheatre at Lakewood
06/19 Charleston, SC @ Volvo Cars Stadium
06/20 Charlotte, NC @ PNC Music Pavilion
06/21 Raleigh, NC @ Walnut Creek Amphitheater
06/22 Virginia Beach, VA @ Farm Bureau Live at VA Beach
06/24 Bristow, VA @ Jiffy Lube Live
06/25 Canandaigua, NY @ Constellation Brands – Marvin Sands PAC
06/26 Scranton, PA @ Pavilion at Montage Mountain
06/28 Gilford, NH @ Bank of New Hampshire Pavilion at Meadowbrook
06/30 Wantagh, NY @ Nikon at Jones Beach Theater
07/01 Boston, MA @ Xfinity Center
07/02 Holmdel, NJ @ PNC Bank Arts Center
07/05 Camden, NJ @ BB&T Pavilion
07/06 Toronto, ON @ Molson Canadian Amphitheater
07/08 Detroit, MI @ DTE Energy Music Theater
07/09 Milwaukee, WI @ Summerfest – Marcus Amphitheater
07/10 Chicago, IL @ Hollywood Casino Amphitheater
07/12 Indianapolis, IN @ Klipsch Music Center
07/13 Nashville, TN @ Ascend Amphitheater
07/15 Dallas, TX @ Gexa Energy Pavilion
07/16 Oklahoma City, OK @ Zoo Amphitheater**
07/17 Rogers, AR @ Walmart Arkansas Music Pavilion
07/19 St. Louis, MO @ Hollywood Casino Amphitheater
07/20 Kansas City, MO @ Starlight Theater
07/22 Brandon, SD @ Badlands Motor Speedway**
07/23 Council Bluffs, IA @ Harrah’s Hotel & Casino Council Bluffs – Stir Cove**
07/24 Denver, CO @ Fiddler’s Green Amphitheater
07/26 Salt Lake City, UT @ USANA Amphitheater
07/28 Burnaby, BC @ Deer Lake Park
07/29 Seattle, WA @ Marymoor Park
07/30 Portland, OR @ Edgefield
07/31 San Francisco, CA @ Shoreline Amphitheater**
08/02 Phoenix, AZ @ AK-Chin Pavilion
08/03 San Diego, CA @ Sleep Train Amphitheater**
08/05 Santa Barbara, CA @ Santa Barbara Bowl
08/06 Irvine, CA @ Irvine Meadows Amphitheater
** Weezer and Panic! At The Disco only.
The White Album is out 4/1; pre-order it here.