Feature: The Return of Weezer and What It Means for Rock
Mon, 21 Jul 2014 16:32:51
Where would alternative music and indie rock be without Weezer?
There was no band as honestly self-aware or technically talented as they were during the revered nineties explosion. If you think about it, everybody from Imagine Dragons and Maroon 5 to Mumford & Sons, Arctic Monkeys, and virtually every other band on Coachella with guitars owes some sort of debt to Weezer. Rivers Cuomo, Patrick Wilson, Brian Bell, and Scott Shriner also do it better than the guys doing it now. That’s another undeniable fact. They were the architects behind Weezer (Blue Album) and Pinkerton. Moreover, they’ve got what’s shaping up to be an equally powerful collection on the horizon, Everything Will Be Alright in the End, out September 30 via Republic Records.
We got the first taste of what’s to come with the single “Back to the Shack”, and it directly speaks to the notion of what rock ‘n’ roll is and should be in the 21st century. Cuomo urges, “Take me back to the shack” and “Let’s turn up the radio, turn off those stupid singing shows, I know where we need to go back to the shack”.
Not only are the lyrics incisive and infectious, but the riffs are so muscular they could fuel an Iron Maiden or Judas Priest album. In other words, it’s classic Weezer, especially as those ripping leads kick into high gear. “We belong in the rock world,” the frontman sings. “There is so much left to do”.
On the top of the list is saving it. That’s what Weezer’s going to do with Everything Will Be Alright In The End. The metallic alt gods have returned and everything really will be alright...
Get ready for another classic.