Weezer’s Rivers Cuomo teases “riffy” and “piano-based” new albums

ABC/Randy HolmesWeezer will release their Black Album this Friday, but Rivers Cuomo is already working on more new music. In fact, he tells Entertainment Weekly he’s got two projects in the pipeline, one of which should appeal to early Weezer fans.

“What I’ve been working on the last two weeks is back to big guitars,” Cuomo explains. “Blue Album-ish, but a little more riffy.”

He adds that the “working title” for that record is Van Weezer, a play on Van Halen.

“The inspiration came from our live shows, where, in the middle of ‘Beverly Hills,’ unlike on the album, everything stops and I just break out with this crazy guitar solo,” Cuomo says. “We noticed that, recently, the crowd just goes crazy when I do that. So it feels like maybe the audience is ready for some shredding again.”

The other album, meanwhile, is in what Cuomo describes as “mortal combat” with Van Weezer. That one is called OK Human, and it’s inspired by the 1970 Harry Nilsson album Nilsson Sings Newman.

On that album, Nilsson, who died in 1994, sings songs penned by Randy Newman.

“It’s all piano-based, but it has a ton of orchestration,” Cuomo says. “We just did the strings at Abbey Road. It’s just gorgeous melodies and extremely eccentric lyrics.”

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