Selected by Dan
Hard on the comeback trail, America' post-slacker rock anti-heroes Weezer are set to return to Japan, hand-in-hand with the release of their first new album in four years. As yet untitled, the album Weezer's third is produced by ex-Cars frontman Ric Ocasek, who also engineered the band's 1994 debut.
Based in Los Angeles, Weezer formed in 1992 when singer-songwriter Rivers Cuomo hooked up with guitarist Brian Bell, bassist Matt Sharp, and drummer Patrick Wilson. From diverse backgrounds, the four were all immigrants to Los Angeles and decided to form a band based more on this than anything else.
Weezer signed to DGC Records in 1993, scoring an unlikely million-seller with their self-named, 1994 debut. With an offbeat, humorous approach and a casual irony that linked them to outfits like Beck or They Might Be Giants, Weezer penned songs with such unlikely titles as "Undone - The Sweater Song," and "Buddy Holly," the story of a high school prom rejection.
Their goofy, garage-rock sound and incessant touring across the United States won them a solid following among the college and alternative rock crowds, as well as Japanese fans.
Weezer's second album, 1996's Pinkerton Service, didn't sell as well as their first,
Weezer, but it did earn them the wrath of the Pinkerton Service security company, which promptly launched legal proceedings.
After the loss of Matt Sharp - whose falsetto harmonies were key to their sound - Weezer took time off to reassess themselves, mounting a comeback only last summer, when they participated in the cross-country Warped tour.
Encouraged by the positive response to their gigs, they decided to get serious about a comeback, and headed into the studio last Dec, before launching their current, ongoing US tour.
Weezer play Zepp Tokyo on Apr 12-13.
See listings for details.