Weezer dropped a new song on Wednesday, and “Hero” is the sort of peppy, up-tempo, riff-heavy power pop/rock anthem that fans have come to expect from Rivers Cuomo & the gang.
The music video for the song is very much a snapshot of life in May 2020 — the band and a number of fans are seen throughout, but remotely due to the COVID-19 pandemic. It’s all in the name of unity and hope and togetherness, and the video itself comes with this dedication:
This one is for the stay at home dreamers, the zoom graduators, the sourdough bakers, and the essential workers.
There’s also a message from the band to frontline workers shared to Instagram:
“Hero” is the second song released thus far from Weezer’s new album, Van Weezer, which was originally scheduled to be released this month. It has since been postponed with an exact release date TBA. The band sent this message to fans in that regard:
“As you know, Corona has put a crimp in many well-laid plans. Van Weezer has been no exception. And because we don’t want to give another release date until we’re absolutely sure of it, we’ll just say “stay tuned for more info.”
The first song released from the album was “The End of the Game”:
More on the record, via a news release:
Van Weezer, the band’s fourteenth studio album, is produced by Suzy Shinn (Panic! At The Disco, Fall Out Boy). The inspiration for this album derives from the deepest roots of Weezer – metal! What has metal got to do with Weezer, you ask? In his earliest years, Rivers was a huge KISS fan; Brian was a big Black Sabbath fan; Pat worshipped at the altar of Van Halen and Rush; Scott loved Slayer and Metallica. The last time this vein of harder rock was mined by Weezer was on their much-loved 2002 album Maladroit; Van Weezer is primed to take that album’s sonics many steps further courtesy of producer Suzy Shinn.
Weezer was also supposed to head out on the Hella Mega Tour this summer alongside Green Day and Fall Out Boy, though the future of that tour is uncertain at this time due to the pandemic.