Whether intended or not, the biggest lie a band (mostly national acts) can tell their fans is, “See you soon,” or, “We’ll be back.” Saturday night’s Rooney show at Gasa Gasa was definitely the exception to the rule. Rooney was just here in October, playing One Eyed Jacks with local favorites Royal Teeth. This time around, Gasa Gasa, an even cozier venue, was the choice to play at, and the band’s California-themed backdrop fit like a glove on the back wall.
The California-based band formed in 1999 and took their name from the principal in Ferris Bueller's Day Off, Ed Rooney. Despite a massive shake-up in band personnel in 2016, the band has managed to put out another great album, Washed Away. Saturday night’s set [https://www.setlist.fm/setlist/rooney/2017/gasa-gasa-new-orleans-la-3be5b030.html] could have easily (and surprisingly didn’t) focus on that album, instead focusing on their self-titled debut.
For this tour, the band brought with them their pals from California, Run River North, who are touring in support of their latest EP, Superstition. As a nice and unexpected bonus, Sally Kang came out to sing on “Why?”
Rooney’s love for the city and the audience reared up all night. The band seemed to feed off the audience’s energy, and in turn, amp things up even more, taking what could have been just another ordinary pop show to the next level. You can see more pictures here.