In addition to the NASA-celebrating “I Love the USA” that Rivers Cuomo and company dropped in June, the deluxe White Album also features a remix of that LP’s “Jacked Up” with Fitz & the Tantrums and Pussy Riot’s Nadya.
The release also boasts two new tracks: “Friend of a Friend” and “Fake Smiles and Nervous Laughter,” which is also Weezer’s contribution to an upcoming split 7″ with Wavves; the surf punk band covers Weezer’s Pinkerton-era B-side “You Gave Me Your Love Softly” for the release.
Following the announcement of the White Album deluxe edition, Wavves’ Nathan Williams debuted the crunchy, Blue Album-esque “Fake Smiles and Nervous Laughter” on Zane Lowe’s Beats 1 radio show. However, Weezer might have more in the works than just a deluxe edition as the band teased on their website saying: “More surprises coming later this week!”
The “White Album” marked a return of sorts to Weezer’s iconic Nineties alternative sound combined with the music cultivated in their native California. “We got a new manager a year ago, and he said to us, ‘You guys should make a beach album,'” Cuomo told Rolling Stone. “It was inspiring and so obvious, given we love the Beach Boys and live right here. It’s so close to us, yet we’d missed it.”