After five years without a new album, the Silversun Pickups are ready to give us a new set of tunes this summer. On Thursday (April 11), the California-founded band announced the upcoming release of their fifth studio album. Titled Widow’s Weeds, the forthcoming record is due out June 7 through New Machine Recordings.
Super-producer Butch Vig produced the new album. The journey to the final product featured several obstacles including Vig’s previous tour commitment with his band Garbage, the death of keyboardist Joe Lester’s father, and frontman Brian Aubert’s drinking downward spiral fueled by his depression.
After Aubert received treatment for his condition and Vig’s scheduled cleared, it was time to hit the studio to record the new album. According to Aubert, the ten-track record has a sense of mourning to it.
“The record does have a mourning vibe, but it’s not sad. It’s change,” Aubert explains about the new record in a press statement.
“It’s growing up and moving on and letting go of things. And it’s okay to be sad about those things and mourn them. It’s actually healthy to do so and take the time to do it. At the end of the day, it’s going to be much better and much more fulfilling when you get through it.”
In conjunction with the new album’s announcement, the band unleashed its lead single “It Doesn’t Matter Why.” Listen to the new track above.
Pre-orders for Widow’s Weeds are currently available on the band’s website where they’re offering vinyls, cassettes, and even a test pressing of the record.
Widow’s Weeds is the follow-up to 2014’s Better Nature.