Weezer's new self-titled LP (deemed The White Album) is just a little over a month away. In anticipation of the new record, on Wednesday (Feb. 17), Weezer debuted a new track "LA Girlz" on Zane Lowe's Beats 1 radio show.
"LA Girlz" may have a silly name (a callback to Katy Perry's "California Girlz," perhaps?) but the song is anything but a joke.
Like "Do You Wanna Get High," "LA Girlz" is reminiscent of the harder side of Weezer's early discography. Yes, think "Pink Triangle" or "Say It Ain't So." With heavy, determined guitar work playing against Rivers Cuomo's signature strained yet light vocals. The dichotomy, like the best of Weezer's discography, plays off well, creating a song that is simultaneously vulnerable yet ballsy.
"LA Girlz" isn't the only song on Weezer's new album inspired by California. In fact, the whole record is tied to The Golden State.
"This album was inspired by my experiences hanging around the Westside of Los Angeles, which has been our home since Weezer began," Cuomo wrote on the band's website when announcing the record. "Hanging out with people in Venice and Santa Monica, the beach, the Hare Krishnas, the Sikh on roller blades with the guitar, girls on Tinder within a 4 mile radius, seeing other bands, etc. I would just tweet out 'does anybody wanna hang?' and then I'd get together with people who responded and talk about life. I love California. I wanted the album to have a Beach Boys sort of vibe to make you feel like you were there with us SoCal weirdos even if you're in Milwaukee in December."
"LA Girlz" is the latest song to be released ahead of Weezer's forthcoming The White Album. The new LP has previously been preceded by the release of "Thank God for Girls," "King of the World" and "Do You Wanna Get High?"
The White Album is due for release on April 1.