Californians rejoice: Rooney
is back at it again with a new lineup, new sound, and a brand new album, Washed Away
. Singer/songwriter/guitarist Robert Schwartzman and co. brought the sunny West Coast vibes all the way to our HQ in Brooklyn for an acoustic featuring some cuts from the new album. It's been six long years since the band's last record, but it's clear they haven't lost any of that signature British-meets-LA-rock sound that they became known for. Some highlights from this session include "Why," which features some bouncy post-punk perfect for driving along the Santa Monica coast with the top down, and the infectiously anthemic "My Heart Beats 4 U," which even throws in a Barry Manilow reference for you tender-hearted music lovers out there. Schwartzman also sat down with us and talked about the new album, what it was like to self-produce the record, and his love for all things LA. With such a bright and upbeat sound like Rooney's, you're bound to have a good time; we certainly did and hope you will too.