Weezer may have finally confirmed the upcoming release for their long-in-the-works Black Album, but they never did give fans a formal release date. On Wednesday (Nov. 21), the California-founded band confirmed that the forthcoming studio effort is due out March 1 through Crush / Atlantic Records. Pre-orders for the Black Album are currently available on their website.
The Black Album is the follow-up to the group’s surprise 2017 release, Pacific Daydream. The upcoming album was produced by TV on the Radio’s Dave Sitek.
With a lengthy past and 11 studio albums behind them, the band decided to do several things differently with this album. Firstly, frontman Rivers Cuomo wrote the album’s songs entirely on piano before heading into the studio to record the new material. Secondly, the band decided to experiment with different instruments to give the new songs a different and unique sound.
In conjunction with the album’s release date announcement, the four-piece released the second single from the new album. Titled “Zombie Bastards,” the mellow, new track is a complete departure from the record’s previous, hip-hop-tinged single, “Can’t Knock the Hustle.” Listen to “Zombie Bastards” above.
In support of the Black Album‘s release, Weezer previously announced plans to embark on a springtime North American co-headlining tour with the Pixies, TV on the Radio, and Basement. The upcoming trek will being on March 8 at the KFC Yum! Center in Louisville and conclude a month later on April 12 at the Mandalay Bay Event Center in Las Vegas.
Weezer recently confirmed an additional tour stop for the upcoming springtime excursion. The quartet will take over Madison Square Garden on March 12. The complete list of upcoming tour dates can be found here.