After their triumphant return to concert stages in the US, Japan and Europe in 2006, The Rentals announce the release of their first new material in over 8 years alongside a comprehensive headlining tour of the US in the summer of 2007. The Last Little Life E.P. (Boompa Records) was born while the band was writing and rehearsing new songs for their yet to be recorded, but highly anticipated third full length album, expected early ’08. The Rentals lineup features Sara Radle, Ben Pringle, Lauren Chipman, Dan Joeright, Rachel Haden (that dog!) and Matt Sharp (ex-weezer).
“Coming off the overwhelming excitement of the last tour our group was filled with so many new songs and creative energy that we soon realized it may take a little while to bring it all together into a cohesive album, so, that’s when we decided to release some of our first home recordings and share a few of these ideas with everyone“ says The Rentals frontman Matt Sharp.
The Rentals released their debut album Return of The Rentals in 1995, brilliantly incorporating Moog synthesizers, boy/girl harmonies, and soaring violins all rolled into sweet and simple pop songs. Their single "Friends Of P." (# 6 on Billboards Modern Rock Chart) broke through The Billboard Hot 100 and MTV’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 on the road opening for such wellknown acts as The Red Hot Chili Peppers, Blur, Alanis Morrisette and Garbage.
The band’s sophomore effort Seven More Minutes 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 Last Little Life E.P. stays true to the band’s trademark infectious and catchy pop songs while also branching out into new musical territory. The three new songs, “Last Romantic Day”, “Little Bit Of You In Everything” and “Life Without A Brain”, were mixed by the producer / engineer Joe Chiccarelli (The Shins, White Stripes). The four song cycle concludes with a new arrangement of their classic “Sweetness And Tenderness” (mixed by Rich Hauser).
The band’s choice to jump-start the second part of their return by taking their approach directly to the fans is also reflected in the promotional activities around the tour. On June 26th, through a partnership with ShoZu, a mobile social networking service, the band is launching a daily video blog from the road, the rehearsals, the studio, the tour bus, backstage and on stage, giving fans a near-real-time window into their process. Fans can also opt to get the Rentals video blogs delivered right to their cell phones by signing up for Shozu’s ZuCast channel at www.ShoZu.com
. The Rentals will share their day-to-day activities with fans directly from their camera phones to their newly created customized “Rentals’ YouTube Channel” the band’s Myspace page and their official website.
Gearing up for their August 14th release of The Last Little Life E.P., The Rentals launch their 44 date Last Little Life Tour with special guests Copeland and Goldenboy on August 1st in San Francisco, CA. The circuitous route takes them across the US before wrapping up back in their hometown of Los Angeles where they’ll play a residency at LA’s famed Spaceland every Saturday in July.