The Rentals plan to release a new album in 2008. But former Weezer bassist Matt Sharp and his current bandmates couldn’t wait to put some fresh music out, so they opted for an EP, “The Last Little Life,” which features three brand new songs and a new recording of the fan favorite “Sweetness and Tenderness.”
“The EP really didn’t have any intention of being formally released or anything like that,” says Sharp, 37, who started the Rentals in 1995 and resurrected the group in 2005, after a sixyear hiatus. “These were just the first ideas we were working on, figuring out where we may go with the next album. We were just doing them for our own pleasure, really.”
It was a friend — producer/engineer Joe Chiccarelli, who’s also worked with the White Stripes — who persuaded Sharp to treat fans to a taste of the new music.
“He thought this was something that should be heard as it is and that we should let people in on our process,” Sharp notes. “We also realized that with the way the digital music world is, one way or another these songs were probably gonna get out there, so we might as well present them the way we wanted them to be presented.”
The Rentals will resume work on the album after their tour finishes in September. Meanwhile, Sharp — who also played on Tegan & Sara’s new album, “The Con” — may relive some of his past with a biographical project Weezer leader Rivers Cuomo is working on.
“He talked to me about it a little bit,” says Sharp, who sued Weezer in 2002 for unpaid songwriting royalties, eventually settling out of court. “I was just too busy before we left to actually sit down and talk with him about it. We’re on good terms and are friends, so I’m not concerned about it.
“And I rarely read anything that’s written about me, anyway, whether it’s from somebody I know or somebody I don’t. People can say what they want to say, I don’t mind.”
The Rentals, Copeland and Goldenboy perform Saturday (August 18th) at the Majestic Theater, 4140 Woodward Ave., Detroit. Doors open at 7 p.m. Tickets are $15. Call (313) 833-9700 or visit www.majesticdetroit.com.
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