In 2014, the conventional wisdom is that the album is dead, and that nobody listens to a record the whole way through. Rivers Cuomo figures there's two ways to respond. "You can change with the times, give in, and not put a lot into your album," he says. "Or you can say that for artistic and creative reasons, we have to try so hard to make this an album people want to listen to. We decided to respect it."
So for its ninth studio album, Weezer--Rivers Cuomo (vocals/guitar), Patrick Wilson (drums), Brian Bell (guitar), and Scott Shriner (bass)--reunited with the man who helped the band make some of their most iconic album-length work. Ric Ocasek, frontman for the Cars, was also the producer on Weezer's self-titled 1994 debut (aka The Blue Album) and their self-titled third album from 2001 (aka The Green Album). The resulting record is one of the finest in Weezer’s vast and varied catalogue. It's out September 30, 2014, and it's called Everything Will Be Alright in the End.
Everything Will Be Alright in the End contains three groups of songs, organized thematically. Once the album is released, the band wants to focus on sharing with as an experience for their fans, scheduling a six city club tour where they will play Everything Will Be Alright in the End front to back; there are also plans for fan participation, including opportunities to sing the choir parts from the album.
After some early personnel changes, Weezer has had the same lineup for thirteen years. "Our favorite times are when we get together," Cuomo says of the quartet, "whether it's getting on the plane to do some shows, or stretching the end of a song when we're playing live and really listening to each other, or putting on the headphones in the studio and getting down to work to make a little piece of rock history."
Weezer is: Brian Bell (guitar/vocals) * Rivers Cuomo (vocals/guitar) * Scott Shriner (bass/vocals) * Patrick Wilson (drums)
Between 2008 and 2010, Weezer was unusually productive, releasing the Red Album, Raditude, and Hurley. After those hyperprolific three years, they deliberately dialed down the tempo, with Cuomo taking his time writing songs.
In recent years, the band has deliberately reconnected with its fans. "It started with the Weezer Cruise," Cuomo says, "but we’ve also been meeting with fans after every show, getting to know them. It feels like we're all in this together again."