Rivers Cuomo Talks Fan-Sourcing Material, ‘Back to the Shack’ for New Weezer Album

By Courtney E. Smith

Rock favorites Weezer will return with a new album on Sept, 30,, and they’ve already teased it as a return to the Pinkerton and Blue Album glory days that hardcore fans have longed for. If that wasn’t enough crowd sourcing, frontman Rivers Cuomo says that the fans have been influencing their songs on a macro level as well.

Cuomo told EW that the song “Back to the Shack” (above) a new track which the band began playing live in early 2014, has been molded to the fan’s wishes.

“I think on the fan-cam version [shot on the Weezer cruise], there’s a line in the bridge ‘We belong in the rock world.’ And then I changed it to ‘We belong in the rock zone,'” Cuomo said. “When we kept performing the song live, the fans heard that one change in that one word, and online they started hitting me saying ‘Change it back to rock world!’ That’s how fine-tuned their aesthetic is.”

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Going back to the rock roots is not the only step back, and in the direction demanded by their fans, that Weezer have taken. They are also working with producer Ric Ocasek again on Everything Will Be Alright in the End. Cuomo gave some insight into how his fingerprints can be heard on the studio version of “Back to the Shack.”

“We really liked the chorus, but it felt like the second half needed a lift,” Cuomo said. “So I tried to find different melodies and different beats and all these different things. I couldn’t crack the code. So we had to go ahead and record it anyway, so we recorded it and one day Ric said, ‘You know, I kind of hear this melody in the second half of the chorus,’ and he picked up a guitar and played what is now the synth line in the second half of the chorus, and it was totally perfect. It gives it a lift, but it’s not too much new information that you get distracted or pull out of the song…That little synth melody is so Cars, really.”

The band has been releasing a series of #WeezerWednesday videos on YouTube that contain snippets of new songs and behind-the-scenes clips. Everything Will Be Alright in the End is slated for release on Sept. 30.


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