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Weezer return with new single and album

Story: Jack Foley

GET your hash pipes out, enigmatic LA rockers Weezer return with their eagerly anticipated fifth album, Make Believe, on May 9, new single, Beverly Hills, on May 2 and four UK dates in June.

The follow-up to the critically acclaimed Maladroit, released in 2001, Make Believe has been produced by the legendary Rick Rubin.

For frontman, Rivers Cuomo, he has not only served as producer but as mentor, helping him find his way both personally and in songwriting over the past year and a half.

Rivers is back as a student at Harvard University, studying English and American literature and the recording of the new album has taken place during his college breaks.

Currently listing one of his interests as ‘trying to be a good person’, it’s safe to say Rivers is returning as a new man. Following a stint as the band’s manager, he has now settled into a purely creative environment, focussing completely on writing and playing music.

The first single to be taken from Make Believe is the rousing future classic Beverly Hills, and no Weezer single would be complete without a witty and wacky video, remember The Muppets, the Fonz and those Sumo Wrestlers?

The new video is directed by Marcos Siega and was shot at the Playboy mansion and guest stars the man himself Hugh Hefner.

As one of the most popular groups to emerge from the post-grunge alternative rock aftermath, Weezer receive constant praise from critics and fans for their hook-heavy guitar pop which in turn has amassed a large die-hard fan base.

With each new release since their 1994 debut, Weezer have sharpened their wicked edge and raised the bar in alternative pop.

Weezer have also confirmed details of short UK tour in June, an extra Brixton date has just been added due to demand. Dates are as follows:

June 13 – Birmingham Carling Academy
June 14 – Brixton Carling Academy
June 15 – Brixton Carling Academy
June 17 – Glasgow Carling Academy

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