Rooney Will Rock You in New Single, ‘My Heart Beats 4 U’
The California-pop staple returns with its long-awaited fourth record, 'Washed Away'
West Coast power-pop project Rooney hasn’t released an album since 2010’s Eureka, but a lot has changed in six years. Over the course of Rooney’s post-Eureka hiatus, lead singer and remaining member Robert Schwartzman released solo material (2011’s Double Capricorn and 2013’s Pleasure District EP under the electronic moniker Starsystem), launched an iPhone app, and wrote, scored, directed, and produced the film Dreamland, including his brother Jason Schwartzman.
Now, Schwartzman has reactivated Rooney and will soon release a self-written, self-produced record called Washed Away (see the cover art below). He’s also shared the album’s lead single, “My Heart Beats 4 U,” a sunny, stomp-clapped affair that recalls Queen’s famous sports-arena jam, “We Will Rock You.”
According to Schwartzman, that’s on purpose. “I go to a lot of sporting events, and there’s that sort of ‘We Will Rock You’ kind of beat to this song,” Schwartzman says of the track, which was co-written with Travis Clark from piano-punk act We The Kings. “I love when people get involved in songs; sometimes it’ s the most simple things that grab you.”
Listen to “Heart Beats 4 U” below, look for Washed Away on May 6 via Beachwood Park Music, preorder the album, and download the song for free here.