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The Rentals


Anything even remotely associated with Weezer usually revolves around frontman Rivers Cuomo. This will be a bit different.

The Rentals, a band fronted by former Weezer bassist Matt Sharp (he left in '98), are best known for the single "Friends Of P."

Their '95 debut album, "Return Of The Rentals" (that's a joke), with their signature track, landed at #7 on Billboard's Modern Rock Chart.

In addition to Sharp, the line-up included Weezer's Patrick Wilson (drums), Rod Cervera (guitar), Tom Grimley (keyboards), Petra Haden (violin/vocals), and Cherielynn Westrich (vocals/moog).

Though The Rentals headlined club shows, they also opened for arena acts like Alanis Morissette, Garbage, Blur, and the Red Hot Chili Peppers.

Four years later, the group returned and with nearly a new line-up: Haden expanded her vocal role replacing Westrich. Jim Richards took over from Grimley while Kevin March landed behind the drum kit.





Their sophomore set, "Seven More Minutes" met with a positive critical reception (fans liked it too) but the band's label Maverick wasn't pleased with the mix and decided to spend promotional dollars elsewhere.

On the plus side, the album did lead to a tour of Japan. But once again, the line-up saw significant changes, notably Cervera's departure. When the dust settled the internet-only double live album "Live In Japan" dropped.

After that, The Rentals took an extended hiatus.

Sharp reformed the group in '05 on the 10th anniversary of the band's debut album. They toured North America before issuing a series of EPs - '07's "The Last Little Life" and the '09 "Songs About Life" series - Chapters One through Three.

After another lengthy break, the group released the '14 single "Thought Of Sound" with the Black Keys' Patrick Carney on drums. Then came The Rentals' third full-length effort, "Lost In Alphaville."
The Rentals Discography

Albums:

1995 Return Of The Rentals
1999 Seven More Minutes
2014 Lost In Alphaville

EPs:

2007 The Last Little Life
2009 Songs About Time: Chapter One: The Story Of A Thousand Seasons Past
2009 Songs About Time: Chapter Two: It's Time To Come Home
2009 Songs About Time: Chapter Three: The Future



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