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Platinum-selling LA power-pop outfit Weezer are back with a brand new album, Pacific Daydream, which gives greater emphasis than ever to the unique guitar relationship between frontman Rivers Cuomo and sideman Brian Bell. JOSH GARDNER caught up with the pair on their recent UK tour to discuss their roles in the band, and the equally individual gear that they choose to use…

Weezer INTERVIEW

Photography Eleanor Jane

3 For over two decades now, Weezer have been troubling airwaves and arenas all over the world with their unique brand of guitar-driven pop. But while the basic Weezer recipe is a beautifully simple blend of classic chord progressions and singalong choruses, the band have endured when dozens of imitators have fallen by the wayside, chalking off 11 studio albums in the process. But none of those wannabes had Rivers Cuomo…

The embodiment of an awkward musical genius, Weezer’s bespectacled frontman isn’t just a wonderful songwriter with a knack for a catchy pop hook – he’s also a guitarist who grew up worshipping at the altar of 80s heavy metal, and he rarely wastes an opportunity to demonstrate that he can shred a neoclassical solo with the best of them. The flipside of the Weezer guitar coin is Brian Bell – Weezer’s second guitarist is a perfect foil to his band leader, holding the whole thing together with sensitive guitar parts and perfectly judged vocal harmonies.

The complimentary differences between the pair’s guitar styles is clearly in evidence on Weezer’s latest album, Pacific Daydream. The record, which was released at the tail end of last year, has some of the most unusual guitar work seen during the band’s 24-year existence, with layered acoustic guitars, lo-fiblues-rock licks and retro slapback all in evidence in hitherto unseen quantities. It’s quite a departure from a sound that fans would associate with the band, but it speaks to the way the pair’s guitar relationship has developed over time.

Rivers’ three stage guitars – his trusty Warmoth S-types ‘Mei’ and ‘Satsuki’, and his Gibson SG, ‘Courtney’
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The February 2018 issue of The Guitar Magazine is on sale now and it comes packed with guitars, stars, pro tips and sure-fire ways to make you a better player. Inside we salute the rhythm guitar genius of the late AC/DC star Malcolm Young, catch up with bona fide legends David Crosby and Joe Satriani, go on the road with Weezer and take a close look at the guitars and basses with which Feeder’s Grant Nicholas and Taka Hirose built a 25 year career in rock. In the most in-depth gear reviews section in the business, we put a raft of hot new products to the test from PRS, Gretsch, Blackstar, Manson Guitar Works and more, and get the inside track on LA’s hottest new boutique amp brand, Black Volt Amplification. Elsewhere, Huw Price continues his conversion project in DIY Workshop as his old Greco takes a step closer to becoming a ’54 style Goldtop and in Vintage Bench Test, we find out what Marc Bolan and Jimi Hendrix loved so much about Gibson’s late 1960s reboot of the Flying V. As if that wasn’t enough, you can also find out how to win a one-off custom-built electric from Brit brand Haynes Guitars worth a massive £2,995, which also features House Of Tone pickups and a wiring harness from James’ Home Of Tone. For all that and much more, get your print or digital copy of the February 2018 issue of The Guitar Magazine now.
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