Weezer to release 'Hurley' on new indie label
Friday 06 August 2010
American alternative rock band Weezer has announced that it will release its eighth studio album,
Hurley, in mid-September. The band revealed details about its new label and the album through a tweet on August 4, later posting the information on its website.
Weezer's most recent album, 2009's Raditude, topped the US Billboard rock and alternative charts and hit the top ten on the Billboard 200. Following the release of that album, the band announced that it would leave its longtime record company Geffen/Interscope in search of an independent label. "At this moment in our career, it feels like we don't need a major label, and the major label culture isn't in line with our values," frontman Rivers Cuomo recently told Rolling Stone.
The first news of the upcoming album came via a tweet from Brett Gurewitz, guitarist for the punk rock band Bad Religion and owner of indie label Epitaph Records. On August 4, he wrote, "Rivers, Pat, Brian and Scott, Welcome to Epitaph homies!" Rivers Cuomo soon followed up with more news via his Twitter account: "Hey, Weezer is happy to announce our signing to @epitaphrecs and release of new album ‘Hurley' on Sept. 14."
While a track listing is not yet available, Cuomo told Rolling Stone that the new album would focus on "the melodies and major chords of traditional '60s pop." The tracks will include "Memories," the album's planned first single, as well as "Ruling Me," "Hang On," another track Cuomo says "sounds like Frankie Valli but mixed with Metallica guitars," and "Smart Girl," whose style Cuomo compared to The Beatles' "Back in the U.S.S.R."
Like Raditude, which included collaborations with Lil Wayne, All-American Rejects and Dr. Luke, Hurley may feature a roster of guest artists. In June, Cuomo told MTV he had worked on a "stirring and emotional and powerful" song with singer Ryan Adams, adding, "It's gonna be on the Weezer record."
Weezer joins fellow California band OK Go in parting from its major label. OK Go announced its departure from EMI in March, citing YouTube embedding rights, and set up its own label, Paracadute.
Hurley - Weezer's third album in as many years - is due out in the UK on September 13 and in the US a day later.
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