Weezer’s winter gigs were canceled following a tour bus crash, but frontman Rivers Cuomo is still finding ways to interact with fans musically. As the singer revealed on the band’s Radio Weezer, Cuomo is recruiting fans to help him finish a song he was working on before the bus accident left him with cracked ribs and internal bleeding. “I wrote this tune, ‘Shusui.’ Now I want to write the lyrics. Before I do that, I’d like somebody to produce a better demo of the music,” Rivers Cuomo said. The frontman also promises that if your demo is selected, “I’ll pay you $208.”
The recording session can be heard on Indaba Music, where fans can post their own takes and additional instruments on the skeleton song Cuomo posted. Although right now it’s all wah-wah peddle and wordless harmonies, the “Shusui” demo sounds like a potential Weezer ballad similar to “Burnt Jamb” or Raditude‘s “Put Me Back Together.”
Cuomo has been all about offbeat collaborations lately, teaming with the All-American Rejects and Lil Wayne on Raditude, Sara Bareilles and Chamillionaire during recent live performances, Taylor Swift and Pete Wentz in commercial shoots and writing songs for Adam Lambert (For Your Entertainment‘s “Pick U Up”) and reportedly Katy Perry. And now, potentially, you, if your demo inspires Cuomo to finally pick up the pen and write some lyrics for “Shusui.”
As Rolling Stone previously reported, Weezer were forced to cancel December and January tour dates because of “doctor’s orders,” but Cuomo’s injuries shouldn’t prevent Weezer from returning to stage in early May to headline East Rutherford, New Jersey’s Bamboozle.