Weezer‘s Rivers Cuomo is aware of the criticism about his band’s more recent output and he streamlines that awareness into the four-piece’s new single from their upcoming album.
“Back to the Shack,” premiered today via Radio.com station KROQ, finds Cuomo admitting that he, among other things, “forgot disco sucks” and that he “should play the lead guitar” and get drummer Patrick Wilson off electric guitar and back behind the kit.
“Let’s go back, back to the shack,” he sings on the chorus, promising to “rock out like it’s ’94” and to “turn off those stupid singing shows.”
The song is so self-aware that it might be off-putting, but musically “Back to the Shack” finds Weezer pining for the days of yore in a way that fans and former fans who wish for a return to the group’s pre-2000s form could appreciate. There’s crunching guitars reminiscent of Maladroit and prior, plus a Cuomo solo, something that’s been sorely missed over the past few years.