Weezer once let five years lapse between albums (1996's Pinkterton and 2001's Weezer, a.k.a. The Green Album), but lately the group has become one of the more prolific outfits in rock. Less than a year removed from 2009's Raditude, Weezer will put out their still-untitled eighth studio LP on September 13.
According to frontman Rivers Cuomo, it won't be business as usual for the veteran band. "There's definitely going to be more raw rock energy on this one," he told The News-Times, a paper based out of Danbury, Connecticut, not far from where Cuomo grew up. "I've spent the entire morning trying to come up with a name for the record. How does Heavy Mental sound?"
The new album will mark the band's first release away from Geffen Records, which originally signed Weezer and has put out all of their previous releases. "We don't know what format these recordings are going to come out on," Cuomo told MTV2's "Subterranean" last year. "Is it going to be an old-fashioned CD put out by a record label? Is it going to be something that is only online? Is it going to be a shorter album — eight songs — or is it going to be a longer album — 20 songs? We don't know. When the time comes, we'll see what's behind the next door."
Weezer's eighth album also promises to have the same collaborative spirit as Raditude, which featured contributions from Lil Wayne, Dr. Luke and the All-American Rejects. Cuomo already said he was working with Ryan Adams, and other potential contributors include Katy Perry (with whom Rivers worked on her album Teenage Dream) and Paramore singer Hayley Williams (who joined Weezer onstage at a Florida show in January for a rendition of the classic "Say It Ain't So").
No matter what the album ends up sounding like or how it gets out into the world, Cuomo will have plenty to write about. In the past year, he has turned 40 years old, survived a harrowing tour bus accident and ventured into the world of sleeved blankets with the "Wuggie."