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Los Angeles, California, United States (1999 – present)

NOTE: this biography is for the US band Rooney. However their listings also include albums by the UK band Rooney who existed from 1997 to 2000. For music by the UK band see:

Rooney is a band which formed in Los Angeles, California, United States in 1999. The band consists of Robert Schwartzman (vocals, guitar), Louie Stephens (keyboards), Taylor Locke (guitar, vocals), Brandon Schwartzel (bass) and Ned Brower (drums). Schwartzman is the brother of actor and musician Jason Schwartzman. The band has released three albums - “Rooney” (2003), “Calling the World” (2007) and “Eureka” (2010) - and is named after Dean of Students Ed Rooney, from the movie Ferris Bueller’s Day Off.

Rooney first formed as Ed Rooney back in 1999. The original line up consisted of Teddy Briggs on drums and Matt Star on guitar. Ned Brower replaced Briggs as drummer, Matt Star left, and Louie Stephens was added as keyboardist. They released a series of independent EPs called Deli Meats (2000), Plug It In (2001), and Mastedonia (2002).[1] Somehow, they accomplished all of this without ever signing to an Independent Label. The band played multiple shows a month around LA and Anaheim and built up a strong following. Schwartzman moved to NYC to attend the Eugene Lang College at the New School. Instead of writing papers, he spent his dorm room nights writing new Rooney songs. Schwartzman sent his latest material to his band mates in LA and flew home every month to perform. They recorded another demo cd with producers Keith Forsey and Brian Reeves.


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