It's been two years since Weezer put out an album of new music, and there are no plans for another one in sight ("No news," says drummer Pat Wilson); but a killer catalog of power-pop hits like "Buddy Holly" and "Beverly Hills," endless deep-cut gems, and a commitment to the epic rock show, inherited from their idols, KISS, ensure a fist-pumping good time when they play. They've also got some significant musical chops (if you haven't seen their spot-on studio cover of Radiohead's "Paranoid Android," Google it). All of this will be on display locally Sept. 15 when the band headlines a Charm City Music Festival lineup that also includes Stephen Marley (easily the most soulful, rootsy Marley offspring), Flogging Molly, and Eve 6 in Harbor East. We talked to Wilson to preview the show.
City Paper: What have you been up to this summer?
Pat Wilson: Just messin' around, playing shows here and there, working on music, the usual.
CP: What have the set lists been like at the shows?
PW: We try to make it the hit train, but then try to throw in some stuff that's B-side-y. Every set's a little different.
CP: I read that you recently released a solo album.
PW: I sure did, the Special Goodness. I did it all by myself here in my garage, and it was really a lot of fun.
CP: What's it sound like?
PW: It's pretty straightforward. When you do everything yourself, you kind of have to simplify all of your arrangements, so it's literally one guitar, drums, a bass, and a vocal. I really like that kinda direct sound, kinda dreamy, kinda heavy.
CP: You're 20 years into playing some of these Weezer songs, are there some that you love and some that you dread?
PW: I don't really dread playing any of them. I love playing "My Name is Jonas," a lot of the stuff off Pinkerton, I like "Holiday" off the (Blue Album), all kinds of songs.
CP: It must be fun to play that pounding drum part in "Jonas."
PW: Oh yeah, for sure.
CP: There are no songs that you're sick of, even a little?
PW: I have to say, it's not really like that. I'm surprised myself too. Maybe it's because we're just getting a little older and we're more grateful, but I just look at every show as an opportunity to have fun. I guess it's just my musician ego that's happy to be up there and shredding. I don't look at it like, "Oh, we have to play this song again." More like, "Let's make this feel really good."
CP: So, no news on a new Weezer album-what else are you working on?
PW: I'm starting another Special Goodness album, and I'm gonna release the last one, called Natural, on vinyl pretty soon, so I'm excited about that.
CP: What's the new one sounding like?
PW: I have to say, I've been really getting into this project called Boards of Canada-this beautiful, sorta atmospheric music. So I'm gonna let that influence me and try not to place a lot of boundaries on how the songs should go and just sorta let it go.