Of course you do. Their infectious sunny Cali-pop rock was perfect timed with the age of pop culture’s West Coast obsessions a la “Laguna Beach” and Seth Cohen. Frontman Robert Schwartzman — who comes from the illustrious Coppola bloodline, along with brother Jason — decided to put the band on hatius following the 2010 release of “Eureka,” following a string of hits, including “I’m Shakin’’” and “Where Did Your Heart Go Missing.”
“I wasn’t feeling inspired or excited. I knew I needed to take a break,” Schwartzman says. “[For “Washed Away”], I started getting super fired up again about the idea of touring and putting the new album out. The music really paved the way, and that’s how it should be. Rooney is about songs and lyrics and music, not about that other stuff.”
By “other stuff” he means a meticulously calculated returned. “I didn’t put it in the calendar, and say, ‘Now is the time that Rooney will return,” he adds. Schwartzman took a break from the “Rooney project” to pursue other interests, including a musician-aiding app, 22, solo projects and his directorial debut film, “Dreamland.” Despite Coppola blood pumping through his veins (he scored cousin Gia's "Palo Alto" in 2013), Schwartzman has always been adamant in identifying himself as a musician first, but he says trading industries has allowed him to see music from a new light.
“["Dreamland"] is my first time directing something and it’s a new world,” he says, “I find it really interesting because there’s an innocence when you start something without knowing it really well. At the end of the day, there’s synergy and parallels in film and music.”