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New Album Makes Weezer More Of A Band

Of the Oakland Press

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Weezer has always been a band, but on its sixth album -- which came out and June and was dubbed "The Red Album" because of its color cover -- the group gestalt is even more pronounced.

"It's definitely more sophisticated," says frontman Rivers Cuomo, who stepped aside from his usual roles as sole writer and lead singer to make room for other band members's contributions, including switching instruments.

"It was a blast. It definitely feels like there's a lot more of our energy that over the years has been kind of pent up and now has been released and is flowing freely between the four of us."

Drummer Pat Wilson, who steps front and center on the song "Automatic," agrees that "it just seemed like that was the healthy way to keep everything feeling fresh. After 15 years of doing it the other way, it just felt like it was time" for the rest of the group to have more creative input.

The energy Cuomo speaks of is already taking root in Weezer's next album, which the group has been writing since finishing "The Red Album." The quartet plans early November sessions in California with producer Garrett "Jacknife" Lee for a 2009 release.

"Now that we've got more writers we don't have to wait for Rivers to have a bunch of songs he's happy with," Wilson notes. "We used to take forever to make a record, then tour on it forever and be burnt out and not do anything for two years. This is a lot better."

Weezer, Angels & Airwaves and Tokyo Police Club reform at 7:30 p.m. Monday (Sept. 29) at the Palace, Lapeer Road at I-75, Auburn HIlls. Tickets are $45, $39.50 and $25. Call (248) 377-0100 or visit www.palacenet.com.

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