Rockers Weezer have announced their fifth studio album should be due for release next year (05) - after singer Rivers Cuomo finishes studying at university.

The completion of the as-yet-untitled album has been delayed because Cuomo is determined to see through his course at America's top-flight Harvard University.

A statement on the KEEP FISHIN' band's website says: "While the main 12 songs are very close to completion (and may be in some cases truly completed) there is no way of knowing this for sure until everyone has had the chance to try everything they think may elevate the tracks.

"Of course that includes Rivers, who is now away at school for the semester. While everyone agrees that most of the tracks are very close, it may turn out that additional work will be needed.

"The upshot of all this is that the album probably won't be truly finished until after the holidays, which means it likely won't see release until spring 2005, given the several months the record label requires to prepare for an album's release.

"The cool part is that everything on the album has had (and will have had) ample time to be the best it can be - no rushing or cutting corners."

29/09/2004 21:16