Rooney’s Robert Schwartzman Talks Six-Year Hiatus & Return to Roots: Interview

Rooney’s Robert Schwartzman Talks Six-Year Hiatus & Return to Roots: Interview

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If you were in high school during the early ‘00s, your iPod was probably infiltrated by the sounds of California indie-rock band Rooney. And this month’s debut of “My Heart Beats 4 U,” the band’s first single in several years (other than a Christmas track at the end of 2015), was probably a pleasant surprise for you—especially since it sounded like it could have been from the band’s debut 13 years ago. 

Fronted by actor and singer-songwriter Robert Schwartzman, Rooney garnered mass appeal with hits like “Blueside” and “I’m Shakin’” back in 2003. Throughout the past decade, Rooney has released three albums and toured the world, but the band’s new record Washed Away is a return to the band’s ethos of gritty guitar rock accompanied by sunny pop melodies. There’s even a new lineup change. 

While fans may have wondered where Rooney went since 2010’s Eureka, Schwartzman never stopped working. He released a “solo” record called Double Capricorn in 2011 and a galactic pop EP under the name STARSYSTEM in 2013. Along with his musical accomplishments, he created an app for musicians called 22, and he’ll make his directorial debut with the forthcoming film Dreamland, starring Transparent’s Amy Landecker, Pretty Little Liars’ Shay Mitchell and an appearance by his brother, Jason Schwartzman. 

We spoke with Robert Schwartzman about Rooney’s return, his devotion to fans and going back to ‘90s rock roots.

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