After a series of cryptic album teasers and new songs, Weezer have begun streaming their new album Everything Will Be Alright in the End on iTunes First Look one week ahead of its October 7th release.
“On the surface, the name is optimistic,” frontman Rivers Cuomo recently told Rolling Stone of the potentially ominous album title. “But you’re not 100 percent sure how sincerely to take that. Those last three words can’t help but remind a sensitive reader of the end of themselves, of Weezer, of the world.” He went on to muse, “Part of me feels like, ‘Wow, this is bleak.’ But another part is like, ‘You can’t get rid of us that easily.'”
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But Cuomo has plenty to do before the end is nigh. In August, news broke that the Weezer frontman has been working on a TV series called DeTour with Psych creator Steve Franks. It just happens to be about what The Hollywood Reporter parlayed was a “30-something rock star who, unable to rationalize his success and worried that he may not have the tools to repeat it, walks away from the spotlight at the height of his fame in an effort to rediscover the parts of his life he missed while he was busy becoming a massive success.” It sounds eerily familiar to the time that Cuomo took a break from Weezer to go to Harvard.
The group recently released a space-themed video for “Back to the Shack,” in which Neil Armstrong’s “one small step” line plays out as Cuomo’s “W” emblazoned guitar pick floats off into space. Regardless of the grandiosity that that juxtaposition implies, the band appears to have had a lot of fun rocking out on a lunar landscape (or is it a hoax?) in the video for one of the first tracks that emerged from the new album.