Weezer Drummer Forms Own Band

Wilson recorded solo project in the basement. Photo by Jay Blakesberg.

Weezer drummer Patrick Wilson will debut his own band, The Special

Goodness, in September with the release of their self-titled album on DGC

Records. The 10-song record features Wilson on vocals, drums, bass and

guitars.

"I feel like I can do it...it's supposed to be kind of funny,"

says Wilson, on why he decided to take on the duties of a band by himself.

"Tony Lash (drummer for Heatmeiser) and I just recorded it in the basement of

my friend's house. No pressure. And there were no personality clashes. I didn't

have to tell anyone that they weren't playing something correctly."

The

album is a yet unseen side of Wilson. Most people know him as the goofy drummer

who jumps around and makes faces in the Weezer videos, but with The Special

Goodness, Wilson shows a darker side. "Congratulations," the first track, is

melodic and musically graceful, but the lyrics harsh the mellow: "I can't

believe you're satisfied/ With your lame achievements."

"Fatigue" also

expresses frustration and anger with the lyrics, "I get so tired when I have to

deal with you/ I wonder if you think what you say is true."

Musically,

The Special Goodness sounds uplifting, but the lyrics tend to sound...

"Bitter?" says Pat, laughing. "Well, a lot of these songs are pretty happy

sounding, but they're kind of sad in a way. I couldn't [write about] lame, Gen

X bullshit. The only thing I could write about are things that bum me out. In

the same way that Morrissey is incredibly bummed, but the music is so

beautiful. Not to say that I've patterned it after Morrissey."

Wilson is

very well aware that Weezer fans may take the lyrics the wrong way. Ever since

the Alternative Press magazine story, "The Unraveling of Weezer," in

which Wilson and bassist Matt Sharp expressed frustration with working with

singer Rivers Cuomo, there have been rumors of a Weezer break-up.

Is

Wilson singing about Weezer, or, more specifically, Cuomo?



"That is not the case," he says. "To say that I wasn't

unhappy during that period is wrong, but it's not like the band would have an

argument and I'd sit and write a song about it. The lyrics pretty much came as

I was recording. I'm worried that people will think it's about Weezer, but it's

not."

The album sounds nothing like Weezer. "It's pretty aggressive

drumming, and there's a wide range of guitar playing," explains Wilson.

"Acoustic to electric to everywhere in between. Some songs have a groove to

them, other songs are more straight ahead. It's pretty melodic and it's a

well-balanced record. Not too much of one thing, but not so dissimilar that it

wouldn't flow together as a whole."

The Special Goodness is

tentatively slated for release on Labor Day. Meanwhile, Wilson hits the road

with Weezer in late May, then will most likely tour in the fall with musician

friends Lee Loretta and Pat Finn to promote The Special Goodness. According to

Wilson, the Weezer problems have been resolved, and no one is leaving the band.

Wilson said he's happy to be in two bands, much like his bandmate Sharp,

who juggles the Rentals and Weezer. Still, he's looking forward to seeing how

the world responds to The Special Goodness.

"I think people are

going to be really surprised," says Wilson, laughing. "I've lost a bunch of

weight and I got a haircut. I walk by people who haven't seen me in six months

and they don't recognize me. It's going to be cool to come out and be this guy

who may or may not be in Weezer."