Rivers Cuomo at Bonnaroo 2010

Now that Weezer have represented for soccer (Rivers even wore a Thierry Henry jersey at Williamsburg Waterfront Friday night), it is time for them to find the plot and write some decent pop-rock songs again. Following Raditude the band left longtime home Geffen and will be signing with an indie to release an album 9/13, according to an interview with the Danbury, CT’s New Times.

“I’ve spent the entire morning trying to come up with a name for the record,” joked Cuomo, who just turned 40 this year. “How does Heavy Mental sound? There’s definitely going to be more raw rock energy on this one.”

Late last year Rivers told MTV the band was still weighing its distribution options:

“Is it gonna be an old-fashioned CD put out by a record label? Is it gonna be something that’s only online? Is it gonna be a shorter album, eight songs, is it gonna be a longer album, 20 songs? We don’t know. Everything’s up in the air right now.”

Eight is enough, and Heavy Mental is a terrible title, but better than Raditude. More promising is the album’s promised “stirring and emotional and powerful” collaboration with Ryan Adams.

Amrit and I enjoyed their Bonnaroo set very much (that’s A’s photo above), so if you’re hitting any state fairs this summer, keep your ears out:

07/22/10 St. John’s, NL @ Mile One Centre
07/24/10 Halifax @ NS Halifax Commons (Halifax Rocks)
07/29/10 Paso Robles, CA @ Grandstand (California Mid-State Fair)
07/31/10 Columbus, OH @ Ohio Expo Center (Ohio State Fair)
08/01/10 Montreal, QC @ Parc Jean Drapeau (Osheaga Fest)
08/14/10 Council Bluffs, IA @ WestFair Amphitheatre (89.7 KIWR River Riot)
08/15/10 Commerce City, CO @ Dick’s Sporting Goods Park (Mile High Music Festival)
08/21/10 Del Mar, CA @ Del Mar Racetrack
08/28/10 Leeds, United Kingdom @ Bramham Park (Leeds Festival)
08/29/10 Reading, United Kingdom @ Richfield Avenue (Reading Festival)
09/01/10 Allentown, PA @ Allentown Fairgrounds (The Great Allentown Fair)
09/04/10 Edmonton, AB @ Northlands Grounds (Sonic Boom Fest)
09/05/10 Seattle, WA @ Seattle Center (Bumbershoot)
09/18/10 Tempe, AZ @ Tempe Beach Park (Arizona Fall Frenzy)

The deluxe edition of Pinkerton is out 10/5 according to Amazon. An “Odds and Ends” rarities comp and a greatest hits collection are also in the works.

Comments (4)
  1. Heavy Mental is already the name of an album by Killah Priest. (don’t you know this stereogum??)

  2. Is this a sign of the growing power of indie labels? Or the disintegrating strength of major labels? Regardless it seems the environment is changing.

    • Would you rather sign a deal with a major that nets you only about $.20 for every CD sold, or would you rather sign a deal with an indie/distribute your own records where you grab a significantly larger amount? For as much as we mock Weezer, they’re not going anywhere. They have their fanbase. Radio will always love them. Bands don’t need labels anymore, especially established ones like Weezer.

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