On the heels of their bizarrely slick eleventh album Pacific Daydream, Weezer have announced yet another self-titled record, this one destined to be known as the Black Album, coming in May. (Advice to Rivers Cuomo and the gang: maybe choose lavender or something for the next one to avoid the otherwise inevitable Beatles/Metallica/etc confusion.) Cuomo has been talking about this record for a while—Pacific Daydream was essentially a compilation of Black Album outtakes that made it to the market before the real thing did—but formally announced it in an interview with Zan Rowe of the Australian radio station Double J.
“This other album kind of materialized,” Cuomo said. “I had two folders on my Dropbox: one was ‘The Black Album’, and it didn’t get filled as quickly as this other folder, which I temporarily titled ‘New Folder’… so, we put a name on it, Pacific Daydream, and put that out first.”
It sounds like fans who were hoping for a return to Weezer’s old guitar-driven sound after the EDM-influenced Pacific Daydream will be disappointed. “Pacific Daydream definitely feels like a step forward, or at least a step in a different direction, compared to the rest of the Weezer catalog,” he continued. “But yeah, the record we were making, and the record we’re finally finishing now, the Black Album, should feel like about 10 steps in some other direction.” He added that the Black Album was intended as a darker counterpart to the White Album, released in 2016.