Former Weezer bassist Matt Sharp’s band The Rentals has found a new home at Polyvinyl Records, one of the many awesome record labels you can find on Earbits Radio. As a result of the new pairing, Polyvinyl and The Rentals are scheduled to release a new album sometime during 2014. This marks the group’s first album in 15 years.
Sharp was one of the founding members of Weezer, and his influence over that group’s sound is evident in the style played by The Rentals. It’s infectious power-pop fun undermined by a sense of darkness and seriousness. Lots of catchy ooh ooh’s and big, arena-style power chords. It’s a shame that the band didn’t produce more work and follow Weezer along its evolutionary path.
It’s likely that The Rentals sound is going to be slightly shifted upon the release of the new album, as it features completely new members. The most notable of the new crew is Patrick Carney, the drummer for the Black Keys. Although reunions seem to be immensely popular these days, the reformation of The Rentals is more like Matt Sharp’s declaration that he’s going to release more music of a similar style than anything, so it’s exciting to hear what type of stuff he and this new group have come up with.
If you’re feeling like celebrating the reunion, click here to listen to Weezer’s 2011 LP ‘Hurley’ on Earbits Radio. Sharp may not have had anything to do with that album directly, but at least he formed the band! That counts for something, right?