The Rentals complete first new album in 15 years


Thursday 16th January 2014

In an announcement that was largely lost among December's now traditional end of year list articles, but certainly represents something to look forward to in 2014, The Rentals' Matt Sharp has stated that the recording of their first album since 1999 is more or less complete, and that the band have signed a deal with Polyvinyl Record Co.

The Rentals were formed in 1995 by Matt Sharp, who was bassist with the then relatively new US band, Weezer. The Rentals would go on to release two acclaimed albums by 1999. 'Return of The Rentals' was released in 1995 with its single 'Friends Of P' becoming an MTV hit, winning fans with its unapologetic use of vintage synths and distortion juxtaposed with charming male-female vocals and violin/viola. The album arguably became the template for much of the lo-fi movement as it was then coined.

With a cult following established, The Rentals travelled to London for the recording of follow up album 'Seven More Minutes' in 1999. The location and timing allowed for some notable contributions to the album from artists on the British scene including Damon Albarn (Blur) (see end of post for Blur's cover of 'Friends Of P') and Tim Wheeler (Ash).

Reforming with a new line up in 2006 an EP was released in 2007, but the new 10 track LP represents the group’s third proper full-length studio album. Matt Sharp broke the news of The Rentals deal with Polyvinyl on his personal twitter account (, “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.”

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