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
"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."
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."
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."
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."
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.
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
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."