If you tend to be a Grinch when the holidays roll around, maybe Weezer can help bring you some holiday cheer and put you back into the spirit of things. The band just recorded six Christmas song classics that will be the hallmark of a new iPhone application from Tapulous, the makers of Tap Tap Revenge. Set to be released later this week, Christmas With Weezer is the latest application that’s all about one band. Earlier this summer, the company released a Nine Inch Nails version of its wildly popular application. The free version, which earned Tapulous its star power soon after the App Store launched, is one of the most downloaded applications on the storefront and shows no signs of relenting.
This project, which spanned about a week for the band, also marks the first time the group has originally recorded songs for mobile. The exclusive tracks “We Wish You A Merry Christmas,” “Silent Night,” “O Holy Night,” “First Noel,” “Hark, The Herald Angels Sing” and “O Come, All Ye Faithful” live on in new-fashioned Weezer glory on the $5 application along with two bonus tracks and a video message from the band.
Earlier this week, mocoNews.net caught up with a couple members from the band in a West Los Angeles studio to learn more about the beginnings of this project and to take it all in. “Weezer is getting in the Christmas spirit,” bassist Scott Shriner said. “People want to be able to engage with music… We want people to participate so this goes along with that.” Drummer Patrick Wilson, who did most of the studio work on the project, said it just sounded like something fun to be a part of. He and Shriner, both iPhone owners, have played the original Tap Tap Revenge application and jumped at the opportunity when it came their way. “I think in the last 10 years there’s been such an explosion of technology,” Wilson said. “I’m still figuring out just what that is, but I think this is a piece of that… I think that device, the iPhone and others like it, is how you’re going to interact with all kinds of things.”
Tapulous CEO Bart Decrem declined to say what split of revenues Weezer will take away from app sales, but the company did pick up the tab for recording and development costs. “The artist part of me doesn’t want to think about that,” Wilson said. “The money takes care of itself,” Shriner added. For its part, Weezer simply sees this as yet another opportunity to connect with fans that they hold in high regard and refer to as peers.