You wouldn’t exactly consider the guys in [artist id=”440″]Weezer[/artist] particularly “rad.” It would appear, however, that they’re trying very hard to change that.
On October 27, Weezer will release their seventh studio album, titled Raditude. The band revealed the title in a post on their official Web site less than a week after they announced the release date for the album and the name of its first single: “(If You’re Wondering If I Want You To) I Want You To” .
“I Want You To” wasn’t supposed to hit radio stations until August 25, but it actually leaked on Monday, forcing a few overzealous outlets to begin playing it that night. According to Weezer.com, the song will now premiere on radio stations nationwide on Tuesday (August 18).
The single — combined with the just-announced title and previously released new songs with titles like “The Girl Got Hot,” “I’m Your Daddy” and “Can’t Stop Partying” — seems to indicate that Weezer are heading in a pretty pro-party direction for album number seven, a shift for a band that has made a career out of exploring the decidedly geekier side of life. There were rumors that Weezer were considering calling the album Bring It, but according frontman Rivers Cuomo’s Twitter, they changed the name to Raditude at the insistence of “The Office” star Rainn Wilson. (No, we could not make that up if we tried.)
The album is being produced by Jacknife Lee and Butch Walker, with mixing by Rich Costey. Weezer will join up with Blink-182’s tour on August 25 in Toronto, and the two acts will also co-headline the Virgin Mobile Free Fest on August 30 at the Merriweather Post Pavilion in Columbia, Maryland.