Signing announcement: The Rentals
The Rentals announced they have signed to Polyvinyl Record Co. to release their first full-length album in fifteen years, in 2014. The album, which was recorded in Los Angeles, Nashville and New York City, features Matt Sharp (x-weezer), Jess Wolfe & Holly Laessig (Lucius), Ryen Slegr (Ozma), Lauren Chipman (The Section Quartet) and Patrick Carney (The Black Keys). The album is produced by Matt Sharp & The Rentals and is currently being mixed by D. Sardy (LCD Soundsystem, Jay-Z.)
Founded in 1995 by then weezer bassist Matt Sharp, The Rentals released their debut album, Return Of The Rentals, on Maverick Records and reached #6 on Billboard’s Modern Rock Chart with “Friends Of P.” The single’s stark, Eastern Bloc style, paired with its black and white video, embodied the group’s originality and independent spirit and became an instant MTV favorite – watch here. The album’s unique approach of layering vintage synthesizers, distorted guitars, violins, violas and primal drums all saturated around male-female vocals singing simple pop melodies left its fingerprints all over the future of independent music.
Return Of The Rentals started a creative philosophy for the group of working as a “musical collective” with a shape-shifting, revolving door of significant collaborators. This philosophy purposefully reinforces the literal definition behind the group’s name “The Rentals.” And in 1999, they continued that tradition with Seven More Minutes. The ambitious sophomore effort was recorded in London, England and featured a diverse collection of European artists that included many notable figures of Brit-Pop‘s royalty. After the promotional cycle for the album came to a close, the group was put on an indefinite hiatus.
The new, still untitled album, is the group’s third proper full-length studio album and will feature Matt (Vocals, Bass, Synthesizers), Jess & Holly (Vocals), Ryen (Guitar), Lauren (Viola, Piano) and Patrick (Drums) throughout each of the album’s 10 tracks. This latest return of The Rentals is sure to prove to be equally ambitious and all the more bold in sound and scope. Recently on his personal twitter account (twitter.com/_mattsharp), Matt Sharp broke the news of The Rentals deal with Polyvinyl: “I am beyond thrilled to announce @therentals have just signed with my favorite record label @polyvinyl.” Polyvinyl Record Co. (of Montreal, Generationals, Japandroids) simultaneously released a similarly enthusiastic tweet: “We are happy to announce that the legendary band @therentals have joined the Polyvinyl Family.”
More details will be announced early in the New Year through both the label and band’s official websites and social networks.