Two years ago Matt Sharp pleaded with Elon Musk to send him to outer space… yesterday that dream became a reality, as The Rentals launched Q36 with the single “Spaceships” and shared a lyric video shortly after their departure. Q36’s voyage will include 16 individual releases and over seven months to complete, culminating in the release of their double album on translucent gold vinyl.
Of the release, Sharp shares:
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.
The album is set to be released on June 2, 2020 and features Nick Zinner (YEAH YEAH YEAHS), Ronnie Vannucci (THE KILLERS), Dave Fridmann (FLAMING LIPS, TAME IMPALA, ETC.), and The Gentle Assassins Choir.