MANY RIVERS TO CROSS!

But they'll have to wait until frontman Rivers Cuomo finishes university...

WEEZER have almost finished recording their fifth studio album, and say to expect it in spring next year.

The veteran emo-punks’ follow-up to 2002’s ‘Maladroit’ is taking longer than expected after frontman Rivers Cuomo decided to return to Harvard University this semester.

In a post on their official website, the band explain that they are very close to finishing.

“While the main 12 songs are very close to completion (and may be in some cases truly completed) there is no way of knowing this for sure until everyone has had the chance to try everything they think may elevate the tracks,” the site says. “Of course that includes Rivers, who is now away at school for the semester. While everyone agrees that most of the tracks are very close, it may turn out that additional work will be needed.”

“The upshot of all this is that the album probably wont be truly finished until after the holidays, which means it likely won’t see release until spring ’05, given the several months the record label requires to prepare for an album’s release,” the site continues. “The cool part is that everything on the album has had (and will have had) ample time to be the best it can be — no rushing or cutting corners.”