Weezer has lyrically shifted from cannoli to methamphetamine in just over a week. The alt rockers released “Do You Wanna Get High?” on Zane Lowe’s Beats 1 Radio show Tuesday. It’s a dramatic departure from the zany “Thank God for Girls.”
“‘Do You Wanna Get High?’ sounds like it’s a really yucky and intentionally uncomfortable portrayal of the addict’s life,” frontman Rivers Cuomo writes on the band’s website. “There’s nothing sexy, fun or funny about it, and it’s cruising along doing its thing, when Whoa Hey what is this sweet little bridge thing? Suddenly the song is sunny and sweet and in my mind, creatively this is when the high kicks in — everything is lovely and dreamy (and not the gritty reality of the rest of the song).”
The fuzzy guitar underscores Cuomo’s hopelessness and inevitability of “falling in love.” “Keep doing what you do, ’cause I’ll never get tired of you,” he resigns after crushing up “the blue.” The video exaggerates the devolution, a melting portrait of two people that goes to black.
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Hear the group’s new song below.