Watch Weezer’s Video for Their ‘Take On Me’ Cover, Starring the Band Calpurnia (featuring ‘Stranger Things’ Star Finn Wolfhard)

Watch Weezer’s Video for Their ‘Take On Me’ Cover, Starring the Band Calpurnia (featuring ‘Stranger Things’ Star Finn Wolfhard)

A few weeks back, Weezer surprise-released a self-titled album (yes, another one) that goes by the name The Teal Album — and it features Rivers Cuomo and the guys dutifully covering songs from a variety of different artists.

One of the songs covered is “Take On Me,” the classic 1980s jam originally recorded by A-Ha. On Tuesday, Weezer premiered a video for the track, but it doesn’t feature any of the current band members. Instead, the band Calpurnia — featuring Stranger Things actor Finn Wolfhard portraying ’80s-era Rivers — assuming the roles of young Weezer. It’s fun:

Said Wolfhard of his band assuming the role of one of his musical heroes:

“This video was an absolute blast to film and I’m so excited for everyone to see it. Calpurnia has covered Weezer in the past and I’m really honored that they asked us to do this.”

Previously, Calpurnia achieved some viral success with their cover of Weezer’s “Say It Ain’t So,” which was originally released on Spotify.

Calpurnia have a handful of tour dates coming up soon, and they’re currently preparing for the release of a new song, too. The dates:

3/2/19 – Nashville, TN @ Cannery Ballroom – Sold Out
5/5/19 – Atlanta, GA @ Shaky Knees Music Festival
6/1/19 – New York, NY @ The Governors Ball Music Festival
7/13/19 – Louisville, KY @ Forecastle Festival
7/27/19 – Niigata, Japan @ Fuji Rock Festival

Weezer will release a new studio album, The Black Album, on March 1 — featuring a batch of original new songs, as previewed with the track “Can’t Knock the Hustle” back in October. In an intereesting bit of inspiration, the band’s material for The Black Album was conceived in a totally new way:

The album’s songs were entirely written on piano by frontman Rivers Cuomo for the first time in Weezer history, creating some of the most satisfyingly awesome songs in the entire hits-filled Weezer catalogue. With band members switching up instruments in the studio, and choruses filtered through Sitek’s own encyclopedic musical references of everything from Gorillaz to Can to Pink Floyd, Weezer (The Black Album) is the bold next step in the winning streak of acclaimed albums they’ve released since 2014.

Weezer’s co-headlining tour with Pixies starts up soon, as well. They’re quite busy, you see. The dates:

3/8/19 Louisville, KY @ KFC Yum! Center
3/10/19 Columbia, SC @ Colonial Life Arena
3/12/19 New York, NY @ Madison Square Garden
3/13/19 Montreal, QC @ Bell Centre
3/14/19 Albany, NY @ Times Union Center
3/16/19 Mashantucket, CT @ Foxwoods Resort Casino
3/17/19 Baltimore, MD @ Royal Farms Arena
3/19/19 Columbus, OH @ Schottenstein Center
3/20/19 Grand Rapids, MI @ Van Andel Arena
3/22/19 Memphis, TN @ FedEx Forum
3/24/19 St. Louis, MO @ Enterprise Center
3/26/19 Kansas City, MO @ Sprint Center
3/27/19 Tulsa, OK @ BOK Center
3/28/19 Des Moines, IA @ Wells Fargo Arena
3/30/19 St. Paul, MN @ Xcel Energy Center
3/31/19 Madison, WI @ Alliant Energy Center
4/5/19 Nampa, ID @ Ford Idaho Center Arena
4/6/19 Portland, OR @ Moda Center
4/7/19 Vancouver, BC @ Rogers Arena
4/9/19 Sacramento, CA @ Golden 1 Center
4/10/19 Oakland, CA @ Oracle Arena
4/12/19 Las Vegas, NV @ Mandalay Bay Event Center
4/13/19 Indio, CA @ Coachella
4/20/19 Indio, CA @ Coachella

INTERNATIONAL TOUR DATES (SUPPORT TBD):
29 June London, UK @ O2 Academy Brixton
2 July Hamburg, DE @ Stadtpark
4 July Utrecht, HL @ Tivoli Vredenburg
7 July Bologna, Italy @ Sonic Park
8 July Zurich, CH @ Xtra

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