The Rentals Announce First Album In 15 Years

Chris DeVille | December 5, 2013 - 2:01 pm

We last heard from ex-Weezer bassist Matt Sharp’s Rentals in 2009, when the multimedia project Songs About Time generated a series of four new EPs of soundtrack music including a collaboration with Pixies guitarist Joey Santiago, all of which were later compiled into the 2011 Japanese tsunami relief benefit Resilience. Despite that isolated surge of creativity, the Rentals haven’t released a full-length album of pop songs since 1999’s sophomore effort Seven More Minutes. That’s set to change in 2014: The band has signed to Polyvinyl and will release an as-yet-untitled LP next year. In a delightful twist, Black Keys drummer Patrick Carney features on all 10 songs.

Besides Sharp and Carney, the rest of this Rentals incarnation includes Lucius members Jess Wolfe and Holly Laessig, Ozma’s Ryen Slegr, and the Section Quartet’s Lauren Chipman. The album was recorded in L.A., Nashville, and New York and is being mixed by D. Sardy. No further details are available right now — the official site is looking pretty bare at the moment — but it looks like that long-promised new album is really happening this time.