If you ask The Rooks about the origin of their sound, chances are they’ll concoct a tale of Frank Ocean, J Dilla, and the Talking Heads getting drunk at a dive bar in the year 2023, while Justin Vernon waits in the car to drive everyone home. Push them to be a little more specific (and a little less confusing), and they’ll tell you that The Rooks are equal parts kick-back, head-knock, and get-down; the music you rock to at the party, and the perfect soundtrack for the ride home.

photo credit: Bennett Taren

A transplant from the Wesleyan University music scene, The Rooks have spent the last four years  making noise across New York City and the greater Northeast, gaining substantial recognition for their debut EP, Something You Can Take (May 2013), follow-up single "Twister" (Jan 2014) and most recent releases "Secrets" and "Intermission (Wires)" (both premiered on Okayplayer).

Hard-hitting performances at Irving Plaza, Mercury Lounge and Brooklyn Bowl, as well as highly successful residencies at Arlene's Grocery and Pianos NYC (second highest grossing residency in venue history) have earned them further acclaim, including Deli Magazine's Artist of the Month award (Feb 2014) and recent win of the 14th Annual Independent Music Awards in the R&B/Soul category, finally providing their parents with a tangible means of bragging about their children.

The Rooks happily released their second EP, Wires, on Afropunk in June 2015, and are currently booking shows in 2016. They would love for you to join the party, because they’re having an incredible time! 

photo credit: Charlotte Christopher