|Studio album by The Rentals|
|Released||June 26, 2020|
|Recorded||Alphaville Studios, Los Angeles, CA; Battle Born Studios, Las Vegas, NV|
|Producer||Matt Sharp & The Rentals|
|The Rentals chronology|
|Singles from Q36|
The Rentals' fourth album was announced alongside the release of the single "Elon Musk Is Making Me Sad" on October 4, 2019 . Rentals frontman Matt Sharp tweeted about the album's production at various points throughout 2018 , indicating that the album would be engineered by Dave Fridmann, who had previously engineered Weezer's Pinkerton. On December 20 of 2018, Sharp tweeted that the mastering had been finished at Sterling Sound in Nashville, Tennessee .
In an interview with The Interplanetary Podcast , Sharp explained that he started forming the album by starting with 50 song ideas. Sharp said that his one rule for these new songs was that nothing could be autobiographical, explaining that he had grown bored of writing about his own lived experiences and perspective. Sharp also mentioned that he first became acquainted with guitarist Nick Zinner at a New Years party shortly after Zinner's band the Yeah Yeah Yeahs had performed a live cover of the Rentals song "The Love I'm Searching For" in 2006. Years later, Sharp contacted Zinner again and convinced him to work on the album. Sharp and Zinner worked on the songs independently in their own respective home studios. According to Sharp, engineer Dave Fridmann agreed to work on the album immediately after Sharp pitched the idea of a space-themed album featuring Zinner.
The album's title was formally unveiled on November 5, 2019 alongside the new single "Spaceships", with pre-orders made available via the band's Bandcamp page . The next single, "Forgotten Astronaut", was unveiled on November 20, 2019, with each subsequent "single" released every other week with an accompanying limited-run clothing/merchandise item designed by illustrator and print designer Ivan Minsloff. On March 24, 2020, the album's physical release and eleventh single were postponed by two weeks due to the 2019 coronavirus (COVID-19) .
During the course of the album's release cycle, the band created challenges for fans in conjunction with the collaborative media platform HitRecord .
Track listingAll songs written and composed by Matt Sharp.
|1.||"Shake Your Diamonds"||4:17|
|4.||"Teen Beat Cosmonaut"||3:12|
|5.||"Above This Broken World"||5:11|
|8.||"Breaking and Breaking and Breaking"||3:04|
|9.||"Great Big Blue"||3:25|
|10.||"Information (and the Island in the Sky)"||4:31|
|16.||"Elon Musk Is Making Me Sad"||6:56|
- Matt Sharp - vocals, production
- Nick Zinner - guitar
- Ronnie Vannucci - drums
- The Gentle Assassins Choir - vocals
- Dave Fridmann - mixing engineer
- Ryan Smith - mastering
On January 7, 2020, Matt Sharp announced via social media that he would be remixing a series of songs from Q36 and releasing them under the title Z36, beginning with the track "Invasion Night". Said Sharp, "The remixes have a more atmospheric approach that focus primarily on Nick Zinner’s guitars and my synthesizers."
- "Invasion Night"
- "Great Big Blue"
- "Another World"
- "Forgotten Astronaut"
- "Information (and the Island in the Sky)"
- "Shake Your Diamonds"
| Studio LPs: Return of the Rentals | Seven More Minutes | Lost in Alphaville | Q36 |
EPs: The Last Little Life EP | Forgotten Astronaut Extended Play Multimedia projects: Songs About Time
Compilations: Live in Japan | Excellent Stocking Stuffer | For the Ladies | Little Russell Street
Matt Sharp solo work: Puckett's Versus the Country Boy | Matt Sharp
Other: Resilience | List of Rentals songs | List of the Rentals shows | Lost Out in the Machinery - Songs of the Rentals