The Rentals

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The Rentals
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Background information
Origin United States
Years active 1995–1999
2006–present
Genre(s) Alternative Rock
Label(s) Maverick Records
Reprise Records
Warner Bros. Records
Boompa Records
Polyvinyl Records
Website http://www.therentals.com
Current Members
Matt Sharp
Ronnie Vannucci Jr.
Nick Zinner
Former Members
Patrick Carney
Rod Cervera
Lauren Chipman
Lizzy Ellison
Justin Fisher
Mike Fletcher
Mick Flowers
Shawn Glassford
Ted Gowans
Tom Grimley
Rachel Haden
Petra Haden
Josh Hager
Dan Joeright
Patti King
Holly Laessig
Kevin March
Ben Pringle
Sara Radle
Jim Richards
Maya Rudolph
Jared Shavelson
Ryen Slegr
Cherielynn Westrich
Pat Wilson
Jess Wolfe

The Rentals are a rock band fronted by Matt Sharp, former bass player for Weezer. Sharp is the band's only constant member.

Overview

Matt Sharp's concept for The Rentals began before his involvement in Weezer. The project, initially named That's Incredible! by producer Tom Grimley, was heavily influenced by late 70s/early 80s new wave, punk, and synth pop, particularly musician Gary Numan and his project Tubeway Army. Matt Sharp has cited the band that dog. as an inspiration for the band's formation [1]. The Rentals are best known for their 1995 hit single, "Friends of P.". The group released two albums during their initial period of activity, 1995's Return of the Rentals and 1999's Seven More Minutes, on Maverick Records.

During the writing of Seven More Minutes, Matt spent time touring with British musicians including Blur and Ash. Musicians from Elastica, Blur, and Ash appeared on several tracks on Seven More Minutes. Matt has gone on to collaborate with Blur frontman Damon Albarn on several occasions. Along with Blur drummer Dave Rowntree, they recorded a cover of Gary Numan's "We Have A Technical" for a tribute album, and Albarn appeared with the Rentals on French television performing "Friends of P.".

The band quietly dissolved following the world tour for their second album but, in 2005, Sharp reformed the band with intentions of touring and recording a new record. The band went on tour with Ozma in 2006 and, in 2007, The Rentals released The Last Little Life EP under the label Boompa, containing three new tracks and a revamped version of "Sweetness and Tenderness", a track from their debut album. The band also toured with Goldenboy and Copeland.

The band released the single "Colorado", originally performed live as part of Sharp's solo project, in 2007. In 2009, the band announced a new self-produced project: Songs About Time. The first of three mini albums, titled The Story of A Thousand Season's Past, was released on April 7, 2009, with the second chapter (It's Time to Come Home) and third chapter (The Future) released in July and October, respectively. The fourth, all-instrumental chapter, titled Tokyo Blues, was later released as a standalone album in 2011 titled Resilience (A Benefit Album for the Relief Effort In Japan).

In December of 2013, Matt Sharp announced that the band had signed with the label Polyvinyl and would release a new album in 2014 [2]. The album, titled Lost in Alphaville, was released on August 25, 2014. The Rentals subsequently went on tour with a lineup including members of the band Radiation City, who also opened for the band.

In 2017, Matt Sharp began tweeting about the next Rentals record, and unveiled a new song titled "Elon Musk is Making Me Sad" on October 5, 2017. As of October 20, 2018 the Rentals' fourth album, mixed by Pinkerton engineer Dave Fridmann, has been finished [3]. Matt Sharp announced on his Instagram that they were done recording and mixing the album and would next be heading into the production phase. The album, titled Q36, was finally announced on November 5, 2019 alongside the new single "Spaceships".

Discography

Studio albums

Year Title Label
1995 Return of the Rentals Maverick/Reprise/Warner Bros.
1999 Seven More Minutes Maverick/Warner Bros.
2014 Lost in Alphaville Polyvinyl Records
2020 Q36 Self-released

Multimedia Projects

Year Title Label
2009 Songs About Time Self-released

EPs

Year Title Label
2007 The Last Little Life EP Boompa

Singles

Year Title Label
1995 "Friends of P." Maverick/Reprise/Warner Bros.
1996 "Waiting" Maverick/Reprise/Warner Bros.
1999 "Getting By" Maverick/Warner Bros.
2008 "Colorado" Self-released
2014 "Thought of Sound" Polyvinyl Records
2014 "1000 Seasons" Polyvinyl Records
2017 "Elon Musk is Making Me Sad" Self-released
2019 "Spaceships" Self-released

Compilation appearances

Year Title Label
1995 The Poop Alley Tapes W.I.N. Records
1995 How The _____ Stole Christmas KROQ cassette Maverick/Reprise/Warner Bros.
2000 The Solution To Benefit Heal The Bay benefit Mojo

Special releases

Year Title Label
2011 Resilience Ernest Jenning Record Co.

Bootleg compilations

Year Title Label
1999 Live in Japan
1999 Live in Japan - Acoustic Opening Set
2001 Excellent Stocking Stuffer Self-released
2005 For The Ladies Self-released
? Little Russell Street: Bootlegs from Seven More Minutes Self-released

Members

This list contains all studio and touring members of the Rentals, both former and current.
Name Role
Carney, Patrick
Cervera, Rod
Chipman, Lauren
Ellison, Lizzy
Fisher, Justin
Fletcher, Mike
Flowers, Mick
Glassford, Shawn
Gowans, Ted
Grimley, Tom
Haden, Rachel
Haden, Petra
Hager, Josh
Joeright, Dan
King, Patti
  • Keyboards, vocals on 2015 tour in support of Lost in Alphaville
  • Opened for the Rentals as a member of Radiation City
Laessig, Holly
March, Kevin
Pringle, Ben
Radle, Sara
Richards, Jim
Rudolph, Maya
Shavelson, Jared
Sharp, Matt
  • Founder of band and only consistent member
  • Lead vocals, guitar, bass, Moog, principal songwriter, producer throughout band's history
Slegr, Ryen
Vanucci, Ronnie
Westrich, Cherielynn
Wilson, Pat
Wolfe, Jess
Zinner, Nick
?, Carrie
?, Lisa

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See also