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CG! Catches Up with Rooney!

June 8, 2010 at 12:13PM by Robin Monheit |


We're totally obsessed with Rooney's new video I Can't Get Enough, the first single off the Los Angeles power-pop quartet's new album Eureka — out TODAY. It's a little bit So You Think You Can Dance goes to the roller rink, a little bit trippy Saturday morning cartoons and a little '80s aerobic work-out video. It makes us want to strap on our roller-skates and party like it's our 9th birthday all over again.

We caught up with lead singer Robert Schwartzman and keyboardist Louie Stephens to talk about the new album, out-tweeting Ashton Kutcher and what it was like to go to high school with Spencer Pratt. (Um, eek!)

CosmoGirl: So we hear you made your new album Eureka in your house?

Robert Schwartzman: Yeah, it was really fun. It was definitely a new experience for us. We were all forced to be in a room and focus. The hardest part was picking songs and having to be critical of our own stuff. You have to be like, 'OK, I see why this doesn't work.'

CG: Were there any fights with four dudes, cooped up in a tiny studio together?

RS: The problem is there's no bad guy to help make the process easier. If someone said something that was against what the others wanted, they had to take the hit. There was a song called The Hunch and a song called Wild One that drummer Ned [Brower] and guitarist Taylor [Locke] wrote. Ned sang them — and there was a little bit of disagreement on which song stood out the most. At the end of the day one of them was on the EP and one was on the record.

CG: How do you stay upbeat about everything, when it gets hard and people are fighting?

Louie Stephens: The thing you have to do sometimes, that's really hard, is be honest with each other, even though it's not pretty. You're going to have to let it all out, put it all on the table. And then it actually makes things easier. You've got to say what you have to say.

CG: So are you guys into Twitter and Facebook stuff? Is that really you guys on there?

RS: Yes! I got Twitter crazy the other day. I was on a flight with Internet and we had three hours to go and I didn't have anything to do so I just started tweeting and I couldn't stop. I wouldn't be surprised if people hit 'unfollow.' I might have outtweeted Ashton Kutcher that day.

CG: Do you reply to fans?

RS: I always reply! I've been streaming on Ustream and answering questions via Twitter. A lot of people ask 'Do you know so and so?' Like, 'Do you know Joe Jonas?'

CG: Wait, but do you?

RS: Yeah, we do. I see Joe Jonas quite a bit. I live right next door to their backing band. And Demi [Lovato], of course. She's a minx!

CG: Who else is in your crew in L.A.?

LS: He's not in our crew, but I went to high school with Spencer Pratt. Everyone said the same thing that the public said about him in high school, before the show. Spencer is a villain. He got his eyelashes tinted when we were in high school. He's the first person I've ever known to do that. He did it to accentuate his eyes.

CG: You're on tour all summer...we want to know: Who's the one who doesn't shower?

RS: I can tell you who DOES shower. The drummer showers three times a day. He can't sleep unless he showers after every show. If there's no shower, he'll take water bottles and stand in a bucket, because he just has to get clean. He probably thinks it's awesome that he does it.

On that note, catch Rooney on tour this summer, with the Young Veins and Black Gold in June and July, and with Hanson starting July 21. You can get ALL the details by heading to Rooney’s official Website.

Have you checked out Rooney's latest album? Watch their latest video below and let us know what you think!



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