Time is a loop, and Weezer is here to prove it.
In 2014, the long-running Los Angeles guitar-pop band released "Everything Will Be Alright in the End," which sparked all kinds of talk that, after years of experimentation, Weezer had returned to the hooky, clean-lined sound of its self-titled 1994 debut.
Now the group is back with a blistering, fuzzed-out new song, "King of the World," that bears a striking resemblance to "Pinkerton," Weezer's second album, from 1996.
Posted online late Thursday, "King of the World" comes from a new Weezer record, also self-titled, due April 1.
In a statement, frontman Rivers Cuomo said the album -- which the band is releasing itself following a short-lived deal with Republic Records -- was inspired by his experiences on L.A.'s Westside, including "hanging out with people in Venice and Santa Monica, the beach, the Hare Krishnas, the Sikh on roller blades with the guitar, girls on Tinder within a 4 mile radius, seeing other bands, the kids from La Sera."
"I would just tweet out 'does anybody wanna hang?' and then I'd get together with people who responded and talk about life," he added. "I love California. I wanted the album to make you feel like you were there with us SoCal weirdos even if you're in Milwaukee in December."
This summer, Weezer will tour North America behind the album, beginning June 10 in Houston and wrapping in early August with shows in San Diego, Santa Barbara and Irvine. See complete dates at the band's website.