After unleashing a 15-second snippet of their brand new song on Wednesday, Weezer has officially released the full version of the track. On Thursday (March 16), the California-founded band released their first new song in a year, a tune titled “Feels Like Summer.” The alternative-poppy jam may not sound very much like a “Weezer track,” but it does make you yearn for the summer months when all you need to worry about is getting a massive sunburn and sand in your bathing suit as opposed to digging your way out of two inches of snow. Listen to “Feels Like Summer” above.
“Feels Like Summer” is the first single off of Weezer’s upcoming new album. Though the album name has yet to be confirmed, the band teased last year that it would be given the moniker of The Black Album and would be a lot darker and gritty than The White Album.
“I’m already well into thinking about the Black album, which’ll be coming out in a year,” explained Weezer frontman Rivers Cuomo in an interview with Upset Magazine. “I’ve just got to go with what feels exciting in the moment and right now, I’m excited to do a black album but y’know that could change.”
He continues: “The next album is going to feel like an urban environment, night-time and gritty and hopefully a lot more modern sounds, synthesised sounds, samples maybe. I like to break away from the distorted power-chord thing but it’s hard ‘cos it works so well.”
While no official release date has been given for the group’s eleventh studio album, the band has confirmed that the record should be released some time during the summer of 2017. “Feels Like Summer” is the band’s first new song since the re-released The White Album in October in 2016. The re-issue feature two brand new songs including “I Love the USA.”
In addition to the new single, Weezer also unveiled a list of tour dates that will find them hitting the road during the spring months all the way into late fall. The 2017 tour schedule will kick off on Friday, March 17, at Brazos Hall in Austin, Texas for Crush Music’s showcase (Crush Management is the band’s management company). Their lengthy tour schedule will then warp on October 27 at London’s Wembley Arena.
Last week, the comedian Chris Hardwick announced the launch of this ID1OT Music Festival and Comic Conival. Weezer was confirmed as one of the many headliners of the music portion of the festival set to take place during the weekend of June 24-25 at the Shoreline Amphitheater in Mountain View, California. Girl Talk, Lord Huron, Crystal Castles, TV on the Radio, OK Go, Animal Collective, Car Seat Headrest, The Mowgli’s, Robert DeLong, Mothers, and Ron Gallo are also featured on the bill.
For now, the complete list of Weezer’s tour dates can be seen below.
WEEZER’S 2017 TOUR SCHEDULE:
March 17 – Austin, Texas – Brazos Hall (Crush Music showcase)
March 18 – Austin, Texas – Rachael Ray’s Feedback Party
March 31 – Saskatoon, Canada – SaskTel Centre
April 2 – Winnipeg, Canada – MTS Centre
April 4 – Edmonton, Canada – Shaw Conference Center
April 5 – Calgary, Canada – Grey Eagle Resort & Casino
April 6 – Dawson Creek, Canada – EnCana Events Centre
April 8 – Penticton, Canada – South Okanagan Event Centre
April 9 – Seattle, Washington – The Showbox
May 3 – West Palm Beach, Florida – SunFest 2017
May 4 – St. Augustine, Florida – St. Augustine Amphitheatre
May 12 – Charlotte, North Carolina – 106.5 The End’s Birthday Bash
May 14 – Columbia, Maryland @ DC101 Kerfuffle 2017
May 19-21 – Gulf Shores, Alabama – Hangout Festival
May 28 – Boston, Massachusetts – Boston Calling
June 15 – Dover, Delaware – Dover International Speedway
June 16 – Dover, Delaware – Firefly Music Festival
June 24 – Mountain View, California – ID10T Music Festival + Comic Conival
June 25 – Pasadena, California – Arroyo Seco Weekend
July 14-16 – Louisville, Kentucky – Forecastle Festival
August 18-20 – Oro-Medonte, Canada – The Big Feastival
September 15-16 – Del Mar, California – KABOO
October 15 – Berlin, Germany – Columbiahalle
October 16 – Cologne, Germany – Ewerk
October 18 – Brussels, Belgium – AB
October 19 – Paris, France – Olympia
October 21 – Tilburg, Holland – O13
October 23 – Leeds, UK – Academy
October 24 – Glasgow, Scotland – O2 Academy
October 25 – Manchester, UK – Apollo
October 27 – Birmingham, UK – Academy
October 27 – London, UK – Wembley Arena