Widow's Weeds is the upcoming fifth studio album by American rock band Silversun Pickups. The album will be released on June 7, 2019 through the band's own imprint, New Machine Recordings.
Background and recording
On April 11, the album was announced to coincide with the release of the album's lead single, "It Doesn't Matter Why." It was also announced that Butch Vig would be producing the album, marking their first collaboration. In choosing Vig as the producer, bassist Nikki Moninger said "he really listens to each band member, and he puts a great value on each individual and what they can add to the music. She also noted that making the album "was very collaborative with him. He’s such an easygoing person, and he put everybody at ease."
Composition and style
Brian Aubert described the album as being recorded while being in a personally dark spot in life, which prompted him to seek sobriety during the gap in the studio sessions. Aubert said that this has an effect on the record, although he says it's more focused on the changes of life rather than the sadness of life. Aubert told Rolling Stone that Widow's Weeds "does have a mourning vibe, but it’s not sad. It’s change." Aubert further explained that the album is about "growing up and moving on and letting go of things. And it’s OK to be sad about those things and mourn them. It’s actually healthy to do so and take the time to do it. At the end of the day, it’s going to be much better and much more fulfilling when you get through it."
In describing the album, Aubert notes it is a "more open, exposed album" compared to their previous efforts.
Release and promotion
The first single, "It Doesn't Matter Why" came out on April 11, 2019. Paste described "It Doesn't Matter Why" as having "underlying sense of anxiety and nihilism coursing" throughout the track. The music video came out on April 11, 2019, the same day as the single itself was released. The video itself features the band and various actors and dancers becoming increasingly self-aware of their bodies, before letting the limbs of their bodies overtake them with their own consciousness. The video was directed by Suzie Vlcek.
On May 8, 2019, the band released a second single, entitled "Freakazoid."
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