Less than a week after Weezer debuted their new song “Thank God for Girls” in concert, the band have dropped the studio version of the track as well as a semi-lyric video featuring a man gorging himself on a stack of cannolis. (Only a portion of the lyrics are shown onscreen, as if they’re incapable of keeping up with Rivers Cuomo’s quick cadence.) The single is available now to stream or purchase digitally across all services.
Coming just over a year after Weezer’s epic Everything Will Be Alright in the End, “Thank God for Girls” is a departure for Cuomo, both in the stream-of-consciousness nature of the lyrics and the rapid-fire fashion in which he delivers them. “God took a rib from Adam / Ground it up / In the centerfuge machine / Mixed it up with cardamom and cloves / Microwaved it on the popcorn setting,” Cuomo sing-raps on the bridge.
While the lyrics are a new direction for Weezer, the track boasts two of the band’s stalwarts: Arena-ready riffs and a monster hook on the chorus. “Thank God for Girls” is the opening salvo for whatever Weezer has planned next, as the band’s official Twitter promised fans, “p.s. official video coming soon p.p.s. more to come very soon!” Weezer also shared their very papal, very pious “Thank God for Girls” cover art.
On Rivers Cuomo’s Twitter, he wrote, “Really dig the new song. Took me a while to warm up to it but it’s really awesome now.” Cuomo further commented on “Thank God for Girls” on Weezer’s Twitter. “The lyrics sound pretty out there and remind me of my tumblr work. Very unique, very different, a bit dark,” the tweets read. “It’s a perfect mix of Weezer past and future. The chorus soars on melodic wings. It rocks sooooo hard. I think this may be a big hit single. I hope I’m not overselling it but I think it’s great! (adventurous, brave, fun, compelling, rocking, & I just LOVE it.)”
As for Cuomo’s breakneck verses, he added on the band’s official website, “I’m not a huge fan of rapped out sections in songs but there’s a lot of cool work going on here with harmonies. I think the music is really great, I’m a huge fan of organs being used and piano in the verse.”