The spring weather has finally arrived here in Toronto. Everywhere you look, people have taken their favourite t-shirts out of storage, are riding their bikes around happily, and are generally in a really good mood. For me, the sunny weather doesn’t just involved a change in clothes, but also signals a change in music. While there are some artists that I like to listen to year round, others represent a particular type of weather to me and are only played during specific months. Matt Pond PA and Band of Horses, for example, are the perfect winter bands, whereas artists like The Tallest Man on Earth and AC/DC are definitive of my best summer memories.
Rooney’s self-titled debut album, released in 2003, is one of my top picks for the warmer months. Based in Los Angeles, California, this indie pop/rock band originally went by the name Ed Rooney (inspired by the principle in the classic movie “Ferris Bueller’s Day Off”), and gained my attention when they made an appearance as themselves on The O.C to promote their first album.
Since then, Rooney has released two more full-length albums and an EP, and while I have loved all of these projects, their debut album remains my favourite. Below are some of the tracks that typically receive the most of my attention, and if you like them, I suggest picking up the entire album to add to your summer collection.
Rooney – Stay Away
Rooney – Shakin’
Rooney – Popstars
Rooney – I’m a Terrible Person
THE BONUS TRACK: The following track is another that always inspires me to roll down the windows and enjoy the warm sun. Check it out, and if you’re up to it, let me know what kind of albums you enjoy best at this time of year. I’m always looking to expand my Ipod!
Free – All Right Now