Two New Weezer Songs: Hear ‘High As a Kite’ and ‘Living in L.A.,’ from New ‘Black Album’ Out 3/1

Adrian GarroCategories:Latest News

Rock Cellar Magazine

Despite surprise-releasing The Teal Album, a collection of covers focused around the runaway success of their send-up of Toto’s “Africa,” last month, Weezer has a “real” album to release on March 1.

The Black Album, as it’s officially titled, is roughly a week away, but the band premiered two new songs from the LP on Thursday. “High As a Kite” comes with a music video in which Rivers Cuomo and the band mimic a Mister Rogers’ Neighborhood set, until things go awry:

“Living in L.A.,” meanwhile, is pretty much what you’d expect from the band, a catchy tune with a dance-beat rhythm:

Weezer worked with TV on the Radio’s Dave Sitek for The Black Album, and Cuomo credits Sitek (the album’s producer) as inspiring the decision to write all the music for the album on the piano before giving the compositions the full Weezer treatment.

The album’s songs were entirely written on piano by frontman Rivers Cuomo for the first time in Weezer history, creating some of the most satisfyingly awesome songs in the entire hits-filled Weezer catalogue. With band members switching up instruments in the studio, and choruses filtered through Sitek’s own encyclopedic musical references of everything from Gorillaz to Can to Pink Floyd, Weezer (The Black Album) is the bold next step in the winning streak of acclaimed albums they’ve released since 2014.

Weezer’s co-headlining tour with Pixies starts up soon, as well. The dates:

3/8/19 Louisville, KY @ KFC Yum! Center
3/10/19 Columbia, SC @ Colonial Life Arena
3/12/19 New York, NY @ Madison Square Garden
3/13/19 Montreal, QC @ Bell Centre
3/14/19 Albany, NY @ Times Union Center
3/16/19 Mashantucket, CT @ Foxwoods Resort Casino
3/17/19 Baltimore, MD @ Royal Farms Arena
3/19/19 Columbus, OH @ Schottenstein Center
3/20/19 Grand Rapids, MI @ Van Andel Arena
3/22/19 Memphis, TN @ FedEx Forum
3/24/19 St. Louis, MO @ Enterprise Center
3/26/19 Kansas City, MO @ Sprint Center
3/27/19 Tulsa, OK @ BOK Center
3/28/19 Des Moines, IA @ Wells Fargo Arena
3/30/19 St. Paul, MN @ Xcel Energy Center
3/31/19 Madison, WI @ Alliant Energy Center
4/5/19 Nampa, ID @ Ford Idaho Center Arena
4/6/19 Portland, OR @ Moda Center
4/7/19 Vancouver, BC @ Rogers Arena
4/9/19 Sacramento, CA @ Golden 1 Center
4/10/19 Oakland, CA @ Oracle Arena
4/12/19 Las Vegas, NV @ Mandalay Bay Event Center
4/13/19 Indio, CA @ Coachella
4/20/19 Indio, CA @ Coachella

29 June London, UK @ O2 Academy Brixton
2 July Hamburg, DE @ Stadtpark
4 July Utrecht, HL @ Tivoli Vredenburg
7 July Bologna, Italy @ Sonic Park
8 July Zurich, CH @ Xtra

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