Listen To Weezer’s Brand-New Single, Hero
The song is called Hero, and is taken from the band’s upcoming Van Weezer record – which was originally set for release this month, but has now been pushed back, with the new record release date “coming soon”.
If the title wasn’t already appropriate enough for the strange times we’re living in, Weezer have paid tribute to coronavirus frontline workers in Hero’s video, teaming up with Postmates in the U.S to support healthcare heroes caring for COVID-19 patients. On top of that, nurses at LA’s Good Samaritan Hospital will be sent meals from Uncle Paulie’s Deli during their shift breaks tonight thanks to the band, Postmates and Feed Hero Nurses. Awesome stuff.
We thank you https://t.co/6Rwob4FqLK https://t.co/cFAwjbtgwS— weezer (@Weezer) Wed May 06 16:07:11 +0000 2020
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Discussing the sound of Van Weezer, frontman Rivers Cuomo explained in a press release last year, “The inspiration came from our live shows, where, in the middle of Beverly Hills, unlike on the album, everything stops and I just break out with this crazy guitar solo. We noticed that, recently, the crowd just goes crazy when I do that. So it feels like maybe the audience is ready for some shredding again.”
“I just like one idea to the next and I forget what I was into last year,” the frontman elaborated to Zane Lowe on his Beats 1 show of how Van Weezer differs so drastically from last year’s Teal and Black albums. “And then I guess it maybe it’s from one extreme to the other… so last album we didn’t have any guitars, this one is just all guitars. A hundred guitars. This is all from playing shows, and we just noticed over the last few years there’d be these moments during the show where I’d accidentally bust out a few harmonics or a whammy bar dive or a little tapping just because I can’t control myself.
“It’s been a while since I busted the [harmonics] out. Like since the ’80s, probably. I think you could walk into any Guitar Center around the country and hear a ton of those harmonics.”
Watch the video for Hero below:
“There’s nothing that makes our bands happier than playing shows, and maybe no other tour that we’ve all been this excited for, but due to the current health crisis, we’re having to postpone a number of our European shows,” read a joint statement.
“We’re just as disappointed as you are, but the safety of our fans, staff and touring crew is our top priority. We’re working hard to finalise dates for the rescheduled shows next summer, so hold on to those tickets.
“Keep rocking… safely… at home.”
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