First/Last – The Rents

May 24, 2016

“Simple songs, played simply. No frills, no excess. The Rents are a Pittsburgh based band that came together to build upon a group of raw, but powerful songs written by Jocelyn Rent, singer and guitar player for the band. After spending a number of years fronting the popular Pittsburgh based band, Omega Love, Jocelyn Rent, and husband Jon Rent (drummer for Omega Love and The Rents), settled into a quiet life in the suburbs, raising their children. Eventually, Jocelyn found that the quiet life didn’t quite fit her, and she began composing music once again, when she found the time, in order to maintain sanity. These songs form the core of the sound of The Rents, and work through a number of universal themes like love, longing, children, growing older, desire, dreams, and death.”

The Rents is an indie rock band from Pittsburgh who are somewhat new to the Pittsburgh scene while bringing with them a well worn history. Born from the ashes of Omega Love, the band has started to play out regularly and can be next caught this Friday (5/27) at Hambone’s playing a benefit for Child Life. I want to thank Jocelyn Rent (Guitar/Vocals), Mary Beth Kletter (Vocals), Tony Henderson (Bass), Jason Pietropaulo (Mutli-Instumentalist), and Jon Rent (Drums) for taking the time to participate in this edition of First/Last.

  • The first album you ever bought?
  • Jocelyn Rent: License to Ill, The Beastie Boys.
  • Mary Beth Kletter: Wayne’s World Soundtrack, Various Artists.
  • Tony Henderson: Billy Idol, Billy Idol.
  • Jason Pietropaulo: L.A. Woman, The Doors.
  • Your last album bought?
  • Mary Beth: The Wall for Babies, Gustavo Zavala.
  • Favorite album of all time?
  • Jocelyn: Kind of Blue, Miles Davis.
  • Least favorite/most disappointing album?
  • Jocelyn: Frozen Soundtrack, Various Artists (although I do know all of the words).
  • First concert attended?
  • Jason: Mighty Mighty Bosstones & Face to Face at Metropol.
  • Last concert?
  • Jocelyn & Mary Beth: Pittonkatonk 2016 May Day Brass Bands at Schenley Park.
  • Favorite concert ever?
  • Jocelyn: RUBBLEBUCKET at The Rex.
  • Least favorite concert?
  • Jocelyn, Jason, and Tony: Phish at the Civic Arena.
  • Favorite thoughts, experiences about Pittsburgh?
  • Jon Rent: Pittsburgh is home. It is hard to describe what your home smells like, but you certainly recognize it. The great thing about a nice home, is it make you feel good no matter how tough your day was. It also is warm and inviting, has great food, and plays great music. Pittsburgh is all of these things.

Thanks, all. Great description of our lovely town. I couldn’t have said it better.