Rooney is Ned Brower (Drums, backing vocals), Taylor Locke (Guitars, backing vocals), Robert Schwartzman (Vocals, Guitar), Louie Stevens (Keyboards) and Matthew Winter (Bass). Inspirations include The Beatles and The Beach Boys, Big Star, The Raspberies, Queen, E.L.O.,
Cheap Trick, The Cars, Jellyfish and Weezer.
Lead singer Robert Schwartzman wrote all of the songs on "Calling the World" after searching for a sound that would at once rock and "also make people dance." Producer John Fields (Andrew W.K., Switchfoot) recorded "Calling The World" with Rooney in Los Angeles by harnessing the band's expert musicianship via live takes and extemporaneous improvisations, at times even using a laptop to capture the urgency of the moment.
"Rooney" sold 400,000 albums of their debut and toured extensively across the United States and Europe. Rooney is a favorite of other bands who are constantly asking to hit the road with them. They've toured with Weezer, The Strokes, All American Rejects, Travis, Pete Yorn.