Weezer Singer Rivers Cuomo Releases First Official Solo Single

By Jorell Zapanta

Weezer’s lead singer Rivers Cuomo has recently made his debut as a solo artist with a new solo track , “Medicine for Melancholy”. The new release is his first official single outside of the band and contains lyrics written in the hopeless-romantic style that much of the Weezer discography is known for.

“No reason for me to struggle/Just be there when I wake up/You’re my medicine for melancholy/Let me take you in,” Cuomo sings, portraying a depressed character whose unhappiness is alleviated by a newfound romance. Musically, the song carries a more relaxed, ethereal vibe compared to what is typical for Weezer.

While this is his official debut, Cuomo’s solo discography include his home demos and segregated material: Alone: The Home Recordings of Rivers Cuomo , Alone II: The Home Recordings of Rivers Cuomo , Not Alone – Rivers Cuomo and Friends: Live at Fingerprints, and Alone III: The Pinkerton Years.

Listen to “Medicine for Melancholy” below:

Aside from solo work, Cuomo has also been busy with the band; Weezer released Pacific Daydream, their most recent album, last October and are scheduled to be on tour this June. Their upcoming album, The Black Album, will be released on May 25th. The Black Album is Weezer’s follow-up project to the The White Album, released in early 2016. It is anticipated to have a much darker tone than the band’s previous work.

Weezer is an Grammy Award-winning band formed in 1992 in Los Angeles. Weezer first reached critical success with their 1993 debut album, Weezer (also known as The Blue Album ), under Geffen Records. The band is known for hits such as “Say It Ain’t So”, “Beverly Hills”, and “Island in the Sun”.

Although they are mainly known as an alternative rock band, they are also known for
experimentation and have varied in their sound. The White Album and Pacific Daydream, for instance, were released in adjacent years, but the latter exhibits more of an Electropop influence as opposed to the Pop Rock feel of the former. Additional genres that Weezer songs have covered over the years have included emo, power pop, and pop punk.