You can say what you like about Weezer (most people have) but in their twenty-four year history, the band has crafted a veritable arsenal of incredible songs. At Brixton Academy, their first UK show in 5 years, they ransack it.
The sunshine opening of California Kids leans straight into the hammering chime of ‘My Name Is Jonas’ and from here on out, not one corner of Weezer’s ever-expanding legacy is left unturned. Red, Blue, White, Green and near-enough everything in between is represented. Every moment feels like a hit. The band huddles together as the looming march of ‘The British Are Coming’ rings out before the all-out abandon of ‘Pork & Beans’ sees them looking up. Moments earlier Rivers was leaning out into the crowd, conducting the sing-alongs to El Scorcho’s verse and guitar lines. Weezer are constantly on the move but the audience is backing them at each and every step.
The White Album has been out less than a week but already the likes of ‘Do You Want To Get High?’ and ‘King of the World’ have found their place in the hearts and minds of the Weezer diehard. W’s are thrown up for ‘LA Girlz’ and even ‘Thank God For Girls’, -White’s most divisive moment – is met with total joy. Weezer look at ease on stage and that feeling is reflected within the room. The capacity crowd embraces, rather than dissects and debates, the different flavours of the band and it makes for an exciting show. Rivers, who has wholly believed in every era of the band, punches the air as ‘Back To The Shack’ explains, “I had to go and make a few mistakes so I could find out who I am.”
Weezer are adored. From mid-nineties B-side ‘You Gave Your Love To Me Softly’ to Raditude’s ‘(If you’re Wondering If I Want You To) I Want You To’ the band inspire devotion and for good reason. They know their way around a song. Despite the ever-shifting face of Weezer, the heart of the band has remained true. “We are the small fish,” sings ‘King Of The World’ as Weezer and their audience find a common understanding. “We swim together.”