Weezer brought a whole lot of 1994 — complete with crunchy riffs, “woo-ooh-ooh”‘s and, of course, the lightning strap — to The Tonight Show Starring Jimmy Fallon on Wednesday, where they christened their new track, “Back to the Shack” with its television debut.
While an Ace Frehley bobblehead nodded approvingly from atop frontman Rivers Cuomo’s amp, the group tore through the adorably dorky first single from their upcoming album, Everything Will Be Alright in the End. Though not a rambunctious performance, Weezer delivered as Cuomo mused about the band’s glory days, came clean about past mistakes and relinquished eternal fame to the wind: “If we die in obscurity, oh well / At least we raised some hell,” he howled before assuming one last epic power stance and delivering yet another classic Weezer wah-wah solo.
Weezer have been teasing Everything Will Be Alright in the End with cryptic in-studio clips since March, and the LP finally sees release on September 30th via Republic Records. Beyond the content of “Back to the Shack,” the band has hinted that the album is something of a return to form. “If you took the Pinkerton band and then play all the other records — that’s what we sound like now,” drummer Pat Wilson recently told Entertainment Weekly. “Bombastic, loose, kind of booming. This record sounds like it’s going to have the tight structure of “Blue Album” with a little bit more abandon like Pinkerton.”
Ric Ocasek, the Cars frontman who previously helmed 1994’s self-titled breakout classic, affectionately known as “The Blue Album,” and self-titled 2001 effort, AKA “The Green Album,” returns to production duties on the new album.