The Rentals Debut New Song, Announce Record with Members of Killers, Yeah Yeah Yeahs

The Rentals have announced their fourth full length album entitled Q36, debuting “Spaceships” as the first offering of 16 songs. The band plans to release a new one every two weeks leading up to the scheduled June record-release, for which the band has made a run of Translucent Gold Double LP colored vinyl pre-order available on their Bandcamp page. Keeping with a history of creative collaborations and lineups, the new record will feature The Killers’ Ronnie Vannucci on drums, Yeah Yeah Yeahs’ Nick Zinner on guitar, as well as Flaming Lips collaborator Dave Fridmann behind the glass as the mixing engineer. The band’s first album since 2014’s Lost in Alphaville also marks an announced a partnership Joseph Gordon Levitt’s egalitarian online creative platform HITRECORD.

Former Weezer-Bassist Matt Sharp has both wrote and produced, bringing his affinity for synth and pop hooks as well as some Pinkerton-esque riffs (along with a video and limited run tee) for fan’s first taste. On the new tune, Sharp shares that “Spaceships is a science fiction fable that imagines an overpopulated future where the spacefaring nations of the world decide to shoot their citizen’s dealing with mental health conditions into deep outer space for experimental purposes; essentially using them as laboratory specimens, testing their tolerance of extreme levels of radiation. But a funny thing happened on the way to Europa… the inmates commandeered this intergalactic psychiatric ward, taking control of the ships and ultimately, their lives. They flipped their mobile home, converting it into a Parliament Funkadelic-style flying party saucer and went looking to start a more tolerant new world.”

Have a listen and watch the lyric video for “Spaceships” here:


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