The members of Rooney prefer to work outside the music business, so the hit-making band self-produced its new CD, Eureka.
The indie-pop rockers had a 2007 hit with their single “When Did Your Heart Go Missing.” The band’s come a long way in three years, and fans can check out the new music at the Marquis Theatre on Tuesday.
Who: Rooney, with Black Gold
When: 7:30 p.m. Tuesday
Where: Marquis Theater, 2009 Larimer St., Denver
Robert Schwartzman fronts Rooney and also acts part-time. The singer’s family includes his brother/actor Jason Schwartzman, cousin Nicolas Cage and uncle Francis Ford Coppola.
At this point in time, Schwartzman prefers singing with Rooney and seeing how far he can independently take his band.
“We felt a little bit stunted by the options in the music industry, so we decided to put Eureka out by ourselves,” Schwartzman said. “There are winds of change in the music industry. We decided to take destiny into our own hands and hold onto Rooney’s integrity.”
Rooney’s sound has grown and developed since its last record, and the band wanted to reflect those changes with Eureka.
“We’ve grown up as a band and evolved as people, so we’ve defined our sound by this third record,” Schwartzman said. “The way we play our songs gives them their character.
“Our music’s California, pop rock and roll. It’s upbeat, catchy and feel good music. The lyrics are emotional — we don’t throwaway the words. They all have meaning, purpose and heart.”
The music industry is changing, but Schwartzman feels that Rooney has a definite place in the indie-pop world.
“Our music is unique, but it’s still pop,” Schwartzman said. “We’re not super, uber-pop like Lady Gaga. We’re more artsy rock.
“When we made Eureka, we wanted to make a record that sounded like us now. We hope people get excited by the songs and inspired by the lyrics. We self-produced the record and made our own arrangements — we’re proud of this record.”
Rooney’s new video for the single, “I Can’t Get Enough,” has been scoring serious airplay on MTV and VH1. The band went retro for this clip, as it features an ’80s-style roller rink setting.
It looks like Rooney’s back.