Listen to ‘Medicine for Melancholy’, the new solo track from Weezer’s Rivers Cuomo

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Weezer singer Rivers Cuomo has released ‘Medicine for Melancholy’, his first English-language solo release since 2011.

The synth-led track sees the Weezer frontman lamenting the joys of the “Friday Feeling” as the chorus kicks in.

“We got that Friday feeling / Can I hang out with you for a bit? / You’re my medicine for melancholy”, Cuomo sings on the track.

The surprise release comes ahead of the expected release of ‘The Black Album’ later this year.

Medicine for Melancholy

Medicine for Melancholy, a song by Rivers Cuomo on Spotify

The record follows 2017’s ‘Pacific Daydream‘, and was initially intended to be the band’s next move after 2016’s ‘The White Album‘.

Speaking to Zan Rowe on Australian radio station Double J last month , the group said the album would be available for fans to hear from May 25.

Last weekend, Cuomo also performed a solo set at a show in Los Angeles, where he covered songs by Oasis, REM, Pixies and Smashing Pumpkins.

During the show at The Hi Hat in Los Angeles, he played a selection of Weezer hits (‘Buddy Holly’ and ‘Island In The Sun’ included) plus covers of REM’s ‘Losing My Religion’, Smashing Pumpkins’ ‘Today’, Oasis’ ‘Champagne Supernova’ and Pixies’ ‘Where Is My Mind?’.

In a recent NME interview, Cuomo discussed “not very smart guy” Donald Trump, “friendly bitter rivals” Foo Fighters and his love of Stranger Things. Of the latter show, Cuomo says: “It reminded me of my childhood”.

Of Trump, Cuomo said: “I could be totally wrong, but he seems like not a very smart guy and not a very nice person. I did not vote for him and it’s mind-boggling that he’s our President.”