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Weezer slay "Zombie Bastards," announce release date for The Black Album

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Weezer’s been talking about a Black Album since at least 2016, when Rivers Cuomo told DIY that he envisioned its sound as the “Beach Boys gone bad.” Uber-themed lead single “Can’t Knock The Hustle” didn’t quite make good on that promise, nor did it illustrate the “mature topics” and “winter night” feel he said he was aiming for. It did, however, make good on one front: “I’m thinking of swearing, which is something I’ve never done in songs,” Cuomo said. Well, mission accomplished.

The singer’s potty mouth is overflowing again on the album’s new single, “Zombie Bastards,” which, while as chintzy and overproduced as so much latter-day Weezer, has a cheeky, soaring chorus that should have even the dourest Pinkerton stans shouting along.


Still, not much darkness here, despite the undead subject matter. A press release does note, however, that the entire album was written on piano, a detail that can’t help but have us longing for the demos. But those likely won’t drop until the inevitable 10th anniversary reissue, so bide your time by watching a video for the track as it exists now.

Accompanying “Zombie Bastards” is a release date for the album: March 1, 2019. Check out the album artwork below, as well as a slew of tour dates

03/08—KFC Yum! Center—Louisville, KY (with Pixies)

03/10—Colonial Life Arena—Columbia, SC (with Pixies)

03/12—Madison Square Garden—New York, NY (with Pixies and TV On The Radio)

03/13—Bell Centre—Montreal, QC (with Pixies)

03/14—Times Union Center—Albany, NY (with Pixies)

03/16—Foxwoods Resort Casino—Mashantucket, CT (with Pixies)

03/17—Royal Farms Arena—Baltimore, MD (with Pixies)

03/19—Schottenstein Center—Columbus, OH (with Pixies)

03/20—Van Andel Arena—Grand Rapids, MI (with Pixies)

03/22—FedEx Forum—Memphis, TN (with Pixies)

03/24—Enterprise Center—St. Louis, MO (with Pixies)

03/26—Sprint Center—Kansas City, MO (with Pixies)

03/27—BOK Center—Tulsa, OK (with Pixies)

03/28—Wells Fargo Arena—Des Moines, IA (with Pixies)

03/30—Xcel Energy Center—St. Paul, MN (with Pixies)

03/31—Alliant Energy Center—Madison, WI (with Pixies)

04/05—Ford Idaho Center Arena—Nampa, ID (with Pixies)

04/06—Moda Center—Portland, OR (with Pixies)

04/07—Rogers Arena—Vancouver, BC (with Pixies)

04/09—Golden 1 Center—Sacramento, CA (with Pixies)

04/10—Oracle Arena—Oakland, CA (with Pixies)

04/12—Mandalay Bay Event Center—Las Vegas, NV (with Pixies)

06/29—O2 Academy Brixton—London, UK

07/02—Stadtpark—Hamburg, DE

07/04—Tivoli Vredenburg—Utrecht, HL

07/07—Sonic Park—Bologna, IT

07/08—Xtra—Zurich, CH


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Randall Colburn is The A.V. Club's Internet Culture Editor. He lives in Chicago, occasionally writes plays, and was a talking head in Best Worst Movie, the documentary about Troll 2.