Last weekend my friend Erin informed me that Rooney's front man, Robert Schwartzman, was accepting emailed interview questions regarding the band's upcoming album, Eureka. Naturally, I jumped at this exciting opportunity! Being a fan since 2007's release of Calling The World, I've always loved Rooney's peppy energy and infectious melodies. Schwartzman's answers were informative and full of details on the unconventional recording process of Eureka. For fans of Rooney, look no further to get the full scoop on what the band has in store for their next release:
1.) How has Rooney grown and progressed musically as a band since the release of Calling The World in 2007?
We've always been a touring band and it's made us better musicians. We toured and traveled a ton on the Calling The World cycle, and experienced things that we missed out on during the first Rooney album cycle. We've matured as artists and people and all of it has had some kind of positive affect on us. I really love our other two albums, and I stand by everything we've released to date. We've had some bumps in the road along the way, but it's all helped us settle into the band we are now. It gave us the confidence to break away from Interscope and produce and engineer our own release. We wanted to make an album that was true to who we are as a band, that accurately represents us as musicians and song writers. We like different kinds of music, different singers, guitar players, drummers, and producers- we get off on that stuff. We've also become obsessed with recording gear, which led us to making Eureka at a home studio. Had the recording experience felt wrong, we would have pulled the plug, but everything sounded good right from the start.
2.) Was the writing and recording process of Eureka affected by any new found musical influences?
For sure. We've always loved Tom Petty and The Heartbreakers, The Traveling Wilburys, and Steely Dan- records that sound warm and punchy. However, I didn't want to let the production styles and need to get perfect tones affect the ability to hear the song, judge the song and pick the right songs. Because that is what producing is in a lot of ways: picking songs, editing songs, challenging chords, arrangements, and lyrics. It's hard to tell yourself that you just didn't do good enough and you need to keep going. I knew we had some limitations going into the recording process- we made it in my garage! But I liked having some limitations and I felt it would give the album character. It's not slick sounding or over-produced and it's not too raw and under-produced. I think we've also looked for that middle ground between the two.
3.) How will Eureka be different from Calling The World and your self-titled album? Likewise, how will it be similar?
Eureka still has those singalong rock n' roll songs, like our previous albums. You can still dance to the music and play it while driving in the summertime. But people say it sounds more mature, and I like that we've matured as a band. We're dealing with some exciting musical and lyrical concepts on Eureka, and it's got a good emotion. There's something for everyone on this album.
Make sure you're on the lookout for Rooney's new release, Eureka, set to hit stores on June 8th! In the meantime, enjoy a free MP3 sample of "I Don't Wanna Lose You" to get a taste of what Eureka is all about by clicking here.
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