New Weezer Album, Its Ninth, Set for Release on Sept. 30

Emily Shur

The Ric Ocasek-produced "Everything Will Be Alright in the End" is the band's first new release in four years and debut for Republic Records.

Weezer’s back after a well-deserved hiatus that recharged their batteries, according to the band.

The L.A. group, headed by Rivers Cuomo, with guitarist Brian Bell, bassist Scott Shriner and drummer Patrick Wilson, will release their ninth album, Everything Will Be Alright in the End, on Sept. 30, their first for Republic Records.

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Produced by The Cars’ Ric Ocasek, who previously helmed production on the band’s first and third records (“The Blue Album” and “The Green Album”), Everything Will Be Alright In the End is Weezer’s first collection of new material in four years, since 2010’s Death to False Metal, their last for Geffen. 

Since forming in 1992, Weezer has sold more than 13 million records worldwide. The band chose to deliberately dial down the tempo in 2010, a move singer-guitarist Cuomo says allowed him to write at a slower pace, giving the songs he wanted to use for an album the time to gradually grow into their final forms. He began almost every song on the piano, eventually transferring them to the guitar before taking them to the band. 

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When it came time to record the material, Weezer reunited with Ocasek. The resulting album is organized thematically around three groups of songs, utilizing the distinctive sound from the band’s earliest days to tell new stories in 2014.

The band’s summer touring schedule includes shows at Las Vegas’ the Cosmopolitan (August 1), the Del Mar Thoroughbred Club Summer Concert Series (August 2) and appearances at L.A.’s Made IN America (August 31) and Riot Fest in Chicago (Sept. 14) and Denver (Sept. 19).