At this point, I think it’s pretty safe to say Weezer are never gonna give us another Pinkerton, and if you want to hear an updated “Blue Album,” you’re better off with Charly Bliss’ Guppy than anything released by Rivers Cuomo and Co. But the band has been steadily (and surprisingly!) pretty excellent during this particular decade. I ride hard for 2014’s Everything Will Be Alright In The End, and I think there’s plenty to love about both 2010’s Hurley and 2016’s “White Album.” Anyway, today Weezer drop a new single, “Feels Like Summer,” whose title strikes this New Yorker as a cruel joke. It does not feel like fucking summer over here. It feels like we’ve been relocated to the surface of Pluto. I’m pretty sure I just lost a toe to frostbite. Inappropriate as it may be, however, “Feels Like Summer” is a pretty good jam. Is it classic Weezer? No. It’s all layered synths and handclaps; I think I hear maybe one guitar deep in the mix adding a little texture. But the hooks are there and the voice is unmistakable, and after two decades and change, I’ll take it. Listen.
“Feels Like Summer” is the first single from Weezer’s upcoming as-yet-untitled LP, due this summer. You can download the track here.