The next Weezer album may include some of the most personal songs frontman Rivers Cuomo has written to date. Producer Rick Rubin, who has been doing preproduction on the set for months, tells Billboard.com that on potential songs for the record, Cuomo “is really getting to a very personal place with writing and it’s, I think, deeper than he’s ever gone.”
Does that mean the band will be revisiting some of the darker territory it explored on its sophomore set, “Pinkerton,” which has over the years become a cult favorite? “It’s hard to say,” Rubin says. “But, lyrically, I would say that since ‘Pinkerton,’ he’s never really gone in that direction. And I know that from the beginning of this project, he was open to all those places that he hasn’t gone since. And that was something he brought up.”
Now demoing and rehearsing tracks, the band plans to start the formal recording of the album with Rubin late this summer or in the fall. Loosely slated to be issued sometime next year by Geffen, the album will be the band’s fifth and the follow-up to last year’s “Maladroit,” which debuted at No. 3 on The Billboard 200 and has sold 546,000 copies in the U.S., according to Nielsen SoundScan.
As previously reported, a number of previously unreleased Weezer cuts have surfaced of late. A 1995 demo, “You Won’t Get With Me Tonight” can be found on the “Gimme Skelter” compilation, due Oct. 21 via Buddyhead/Nettwerk.
A live recording of “Why Bother” was included on the Petra Haden benefit double 7″ on Vegas Records, while a cover of “Worry Rock” appeared on the Green Day tribute “A Different Shade of Green,” released last month by Skunk Ape Records.
Weezer is also working on a DVD, tentatively due in December, as well as an expanded reissue of its 1994 Geffen debut, “Weezer” (“The Blue Album”).