Weezer unveil album cover

Never a band to shy away from the slightly absurd , Weezer have always had a penchant for outside-the-box album artwork.

Not willing to make any exceptions, they once again have delivered with the cover for their latest effort Hurley, which features a close-up of a bearded-and-happy-about-it Jorge Garcia—known to Lost watchers as Hurley – the album is the follow-up to 2009’s similarly illustrated Raditude.

Citing difficulties with matching the name of the record to the music, frontman Rivers Cuomo explained to Spinner that they decided to go with “some random word that doesn’t really have anything to do with anything”. He added: “I just loved this photo of Jorge Garcia, it just had this amazing vibe. We didn’t want to do a fourth self-titled record and we knew people would refer to it as ‘the Hurley record’ even if [we] left it without that title, so we just called it Hurley. No words are on the cover because all we wanted was his amazing face.”

As for the songs on the album, a collaborative effort with Ryan Adams on a track titled Run Away will be present alongside current single Memories. Describing the sound of the new record in a Pitchfork interview as possessing a “raw, unpolished, high-energy ‘alt-rock” feel, Cuomo promises a step away from the slick-pop production of their previous album.