Since 2014’s release of “Everything Will Be Alright in the End,” Weezer has been striking the right chords with their fan base, ditching the gimmicky tone of albums such as “Hurley” and “Raditude.” With the return to their signature form, polished from 1994’s “The Blue Album,” comes a new standard for Weezer with the release of two new pieces of music since their 2014 revival. “Thank God for Girls” and “Do You Wanna Get High?” are the only pieces released in 2015 from the famed rock great, igniting rumors of a possible album in the works for 2016.

These songs, despite virtually coming out of the blue, sound like B-sides to “EWBAITE” and excellently display the constant progression and reinvention Weezer is aiming for. “Thank God for Girls” is a quirky number that is reminiscent of “Make Believe” with its anthemic chorus and dorky attitude toward females. Rivers Cuomo writes this piece from the perspective of his younger self and boasts his awkwardness through lyrics like “And even if you are victorious you may receive many cuts, bruises, and scrapes / And you will require Band-Aids and antiseptic ointments / And tender loving kisses on your stab wounds and when you come home / She will be there waiting for you with a fire in her eyes / And a big fat cannoli to shove in your mouth.”

“Do You Wanna Get High?” is easily one of the best Weezer songs in recent memory with its erratic drumming from Pat Wilson and Rivers’ signature harmonies. The roaring guitar solo midway through is too melodic and brings me right back to the first time I listened to “Pinkerton” and found my connection with Weezer. While the subject of the song if clearly consuming drugs, the dark subject matter doesn’t take away from the song and provides a tongue-in-cheek approach to their music.

At the end of the day, the Weezer army can only speculate what’s to come from everyone’s favorite nerd rock quartet. For now though, Rivers and company have solidified themselves as rock royalty and made sure we won’t forget about them.

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