Rookie is a rock/americana quintet hailing from all across Chicago, from north to south. Their debut, self-titled album hit the public on March 13th of 2020, a day now remembered as the unofficial shutdown of the US. The release, recorded to magnetic tape at Chicago’s own Treehouse Records, showcased the group’s ability to craft songs and wield their instruments to their fullest extent, all the while demonstrating a penchant for the now “classic” power pop and soft rock songsters of the 1970s.
Prior to the release of their debut, Rookie had spent a month touring the east coast with the iconic Cheap Trick, followed by a short midwest run with fellow Chicagoans, Twin Peaks. In addition, they were slated to open for and back Brendan Benson of the Raconteurs. Though brought to a halt, these tour dates allowed the quintet to showcase their abilities as a live group, built from years of performing as a bar band, in addition to packing in sweaty yet charming DIY basement parties. A temporary end to live performance could not stand in the way of the group’s love for playing, as they’ve spent the past year writing, rehearsing, and performing live-streams and drive-ins – including a sweltering summer rooftop concert at the Virgin Hotel Chicago. You can catch Rookie live across the United States late Summer and early Fall of 2021.