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You Should Already Know: The Rentals

By Matt Sharp, of The Rentals on June 23, 2014

 

You Should Already Know: The Rentals

THE LOW POINT OF OUR CAREER

 

Blowing out Irene Jacob’s eardrums on a late- night French TV show in Paris. 

 

THE HIGH POINT OF OUR CAREER

 

Hearing Karen O sing “The Love I’m Searching For.” 

 

WE KNEW WE'D MADE IT AS A BAND

 

When FILTER magazine asked us to fill out a “You Should Already Know” questionnaire. We knew the salad days were soon to follow.

 

BEST SHOW EVER

 

2011. Nano-Mugen Festival in Yokohama. Just after the tsunami in Japan. New friends, old friends, American musicians, Irish musicians, Japanese musicians all came together and played two shows as The Rentals.

 

 

THE BEST SONG WE EVER WROTE

 

It’s possible that every single song on the new album is better than anything we’ve ever
done, but, then again, a musician’s opinions
about their own music are just about the most worthless thing there is. 

 

WORST SHOW EVER

 

2006. Double Door, Chicago. It was the hottest, muggiest, most humid day in the history of the world and there was absolutely no ventilation; several people nearly died, including many of the band members, but beyond that it was a great show.

 

THE FUNNIEST THING A JOURNALIST EVER WROTE ABOUT US

 

A German journalist once asked, “So...The Rentals use vintage synthesizers, yah?” And we said, “yes, that’s correct. We use vintage synthesizers.” Journalist continues, “Many groups used these in the 1970s, yah?” “yes...that’s true.” Journalist: “So if that is true, I have only one last question... How does it feels to be so unoriginal?” 

 

WHEN THE JOURNALISTS GOT IT RIGHT

 

Nice things. 

 

HOW WE HOPE TO BE REMEMBERED

 

The band that brought peace to the Middle East through the use of Big-Muff pedals and Moog synthesizers.

 

HOW WE'RE MOST LIKELY TO BE REMEMBERED

 

The guy that said, “Not so good, Al” in the Happy Days video started another band.