Former Weezer bassist Matt Sharp is dusting of The Rentals for the Moog-loving rock band's first studio album in 15 years, to be released in 2014 via Polyvinyl Records. The untitled album, which was recorded in New York City, Nashville and Los Angeles, features a new batch of members, most notably Patrick Carney of The Black Keys on drums.
— Matt Sharp (@_mattsharp) December 5, 2013
Sharp made the announcement on Twitter. He and Carney were joined in the studio by Jess Wolfe and Holly Laessig of Lucius on vocals, Ryen Siegr of Ozma on guitar, and Lauren Chipman of The Section Quartet on viola and piano.
A founding member of Weezer, Sharp started The Rentals in 1994. A year later they released their debut album, "Return of the Rentals," which contained the infectious single "Friends of P," a bass-and-synth heavy MTV favorite that reached No. 7 on the Alternative Songs chart. Another "Return" track, the bouncier "Waiting," was featured on the soundtrack for "Joe's Apartment."
A follow-up album, "Seven More Minutes," arrived in 1999. Soon after, Sharp put the band -- and its revolving door membership -- on ice.
Sharp and the band produced the album's ten tracks, which are currently being mixed by Grammy winner Dave Sardy, who has worked with Oasis, LCD Soundsystem, Marilyn Manson and Jay Z among others.