Formed in 1995 by Matt Sharp (ex-Weezer) and Rachel Haden (ex-That Dog!), seminal neo-new wave pioneers, The Rentals return revamped with an equally exhilarating sound for a new decade.
The band’s debut album Return of The Rentals (1995) brilliantly incorporated Moog synthesizers, boy/girl harmonies, and soaring violins all rolled into sweet and simple pop songs. Their single “Friends Of P.” (# 6 on Billboard’s Modern Rock Chart) broke through The Billboard Hot 100 and MTVz’s Buzz Bin reviving elements of new wave and bringing the analog synthesizer back to the forefront of pop music. The band supported Return of The Rentals by going on the road with such well know acts as Garbage, Blur, Alanis Morrisette and The Red Hot Chili Peppers.
The band’s sophomore effort Seven More Minutes (1999) was an open love letter to Barcelona and the European music scene. The critically heralded follow up featured a whirlwind of collaborations including members of Blur, Elastica, Lush, Weezer and Ash.
The Rentals made their much anticipated and long-awaited return last summer. Led by founding members, Matt Sharp and Rachel Haden, with new members Sara Radle (multi-inst/vocals), Ben Pringle (synth master), Lauren Chipman (viola/vocals) and Dan Joeright (drums), the band hit the road for six week of North American dates, plus shows in Japan and Spain.
The Rentals are set to release their first new material since Seven More Minutes. The Last Little Life EP will be released August 14th through Boompa Records, and will wet the palette for a full-length of new material expected in early 2008.