If you were a teen in the early ‘00s, there’s a solid chance Rooney occupied a special place on your iPod. The L.A. collective formed 13 years ago and, though they never quite became household names, they were a cult fave for power pop/indie rock lovers (and for fans of The O.C., who will always remember them as the first of many bands to appear on the teen drama. Remember “I’m Shakin’”?!).
Rooney have been on a years-long hiatus and haven’t released an album since 2010’s Eureka, but that’s about to change. Under frontman Robert Schwartzman, Rooney is back with a brand new lineup and a new album, Washed Away, due out May 6. On Thursday, the band released the music video for anthemic lead single “My Heart Beats 4 U,” which boasts a stadium-ready beat and a trippy clip that finds Schwartzman assuming multiple personas.
The video, which Schwartzman told Entertainment Weekly was shot in just one day, includes him posing as multiple members of the band, swiping through a Tinder knockoff named “Roonder,” and even dressing as a couple of (quite clumsy) women.
Echoing the same forward-thinking attitude he had while announcing Rooney’s new lineup back in February, Schwartzman told EW that he’s excited about the band’s “ever-evolving” future.
“Fans have invested a lot of time into this project, and I really want to do right by what the legacy so far of the band is,” he said. “I hope to take Rooney to an exciting place in today’s new music landscape, because I feel like the soil is fertile and the sun is shining and the water is flowing and I think there will be good things growing in this garden.”