The Robert Schwartzman-led project Rooney is back today with a new single, “Do You Believe,” which you can stream exclusively here at Paste ahead of its official release tomorrow, Friday, Aug. 17.
“Do You Believe” is a pensive, optimistic track with maximal beats and a catchy synth line. It picks you up when you’re feeling down and makes you feel hopeful that something better is on the way. Schwartzman wrote it after the 2016 election.
“It was an emotional time, a time of reflectio. I was feeling motivated to put my emotions into a song,” Schwartzman recalls. “The lyrics and music are from the perspective of many people coming together, feeling connected, working together, and being optimistic about what we can achieve when everyone works together for the greater good. It’s not a politically charged song, but a song to unite, inspire, and capture a feeling of love, which is what it’s all about.”
The song also appears (alongside a handful of other new Rooney songs) in Schwartzman’s new film, The Unicorn, out early next year. The comedy stars Nicholas Rutherford, Lauren Lapkus, Lucy Hale, Beck Bennett, Dree Hemingway, Kyle Mooney and Beverly D’Angelo.
Rooney are headed out on their Cosmic Interlude Tour in a couple of days. Their dates are below, beneath “Do You Believe” and a 2016 Rooney performance from the Paste archives.
Rooney Cosmic Interlude Tour Dates:
18 – San Diego, Calif. @ The Casbah
19 – San Francisco, Calif. @ August Hall
21 – Seattle, Wash. @ The Crocodile
22 – Portland, Ore. @ Doug Fir Lounge
24 – Salt Lake City, Utah @ Urban Lounge
25 – Denver, Colo. @ Levitt Pavilion
26 – Santa Fe, N.M. @ Meow Wolf
28 – Phoenix, Ariz. @ Rebel Lounge
29 – Las Vegas, Nev. @ The Bunkhouse
30 – Los Angeles, Calif. @ The Regent
13 – Kansas City, Mo. @ Recordbar
14 – St. Paul, Minn. @ Turf Club
16 – Chicago, Ill. @ Lincoln Hall
18 – Toronto, Ontario @ Lee’s Palace
19 – Albany, N.Y. @ The Hollow
20 – Brooklyn, N.Y. @ Brooklyn Bowl
21 – Boston, Mass. @ Brighton Music Hall
22 – Washington, D.C. @ Rock & Roll Hotel