Today (Aug. 17), Weezer announced its upcoming 11th album Pacific Daydream is due out Oct. 27. The album follows 2016’s Weezer (The White Album), which earned the group a Grammy nomination for Best Rock Album.
Following Weezer‘s release, the rockers started work on their next album, which was tentatively titled The Black Album, though the songs ultimately sounded too sunny. They then scrapped the album and instead Pacific Daydream was formed. According to the press release — that describes the album as sounding like “the Beach Boys and The Clash fell in love by the ocean and had one hell of an amazing baby” — frontman Rivers Cuomo rooted the decision for a fresh start in a Chinese proverb that he says inspired the design behind the entire record:
“Once upon a time, I, Chuang Chou, dreamt I was a butterfly, fluttering hither and thither, to all intents and purposes a butterfly. I was conscious only of my happiness as a butterfly, unaware that I was Chou. Soon I awaked, and there I was, veritably myself again. Now I do not know whether I was then a man dreaming I was a butterfly, or whether I am now a butterfly, dreaming I am a man.”
Pacific Daydream is available for pre order here. Check out the album artwork, and the album’s lead single “Feels Like Summer,” which arrived in March, below.