Following the release of Weezer (The White Album), the band began working on what they called “The Black Album,” but as they worked, they found the songs they were writing felt more like reveries from a beach at the end of the world. Instead of forcing a different direction, they began an entirely new album; Pacific Daydream was born. Frontman Rivers Cuomo brings this decision back to a Chinese proverb he says inspired the design behind the entire record:
Once upon a time, I, Chuang Chou, dreamt I was a butterfly, fluttering hither and thither, to all intents and purposes a butterfly. I was conscious only of my happiness as a butterfly, unaware that I was Chou. Soon I awaked, and there I was, veritably myself again. Now I do not know whether I was then a man dreaming I was a butterfly, or whether I am now a butterfly, dreaming I am a man.
Pacific Daydream – an album full of the melodic mastery and craftsmanship for which Weezer are known – is a record that navigates the uncertainty between reality and dreams, blurring the line between the listener knowing if they are daydreaming the world of the album, or if the world of the album is daydreaming them. It’s a record about finding the grey area between the black and the white, about escaping the everyday into the fantasy of what may be just down the line, but also maybe isn’t. It’s an album that sounds like the Beach Boys and The Clash fell in love by the ocean and had one hell of an amazing baby. It’s Weezer doing all the things they do best and then some.
A track listing for Pacific Daydream is still forthcoming, however the album’s current single, “Feels Like Summer,” released in March, has steadily become the dark horse hit of the summer season in the USA, currently closing in on #1 at Alternative radio, with nearly 20 million plays across streaming services and YouTube. The song is Weezer’s biggest radio hit in a decade, and will be the band’s fourth #1 at Alternative radio.
Weezer return to Europe this October, kicking off the UK leg of their tour in Leeds on the 23rd. The band play five shows visiting Leeds, Glasgow, Manchester, Birmingham and wrap the tour at London’s legendary Wembley Arena. The Glasgow date is sold out and the others are selling fast. Last remaining tickets can be purchased now, see https://weezer.com/tour/ for more information.
A pre-order for Pacific Daydream is available HERE.
Weezer UK tour dates:
23/10/17 Leeds, United Kingdom @ O2 Academy (with The Orwells)
24/10/17 Glasgow, United Kingdom @ O2 Academy (with The Orwells)
25/10/17 Manchester, United Kingdom @ O2 Apollo (with The Orwells)
27/10/17 Birmingham, United Kingdom @ O2 Academy (with The Orwells)
28/10/17 London, United Kingdom @ Wembley Arena (with Ash, The Orwells)
Weezer are: Brian Bell (guitar/vocals) * Rivers Cuomo (vocals/guitar) * Scott Shriner (bass/vocals) * Pat Wilson (drums)