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O.A.R.

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Rockville, Maryland, United States (1996 – present)

O.A.R. (Of A Revolution) is an band which formed in Rockville, Maryland, United States in 1996. The band consists of Marc Roberge (vocals, guitar), Chris Culos (drums, percussion), Richard On (guitar, backing vocals), Benj Gershman (bass), and Jerry DePizzo (saxophone, guitar, backing vocals). The band has released seven albums: “The Wanderer” (1997), Soul’s Aflame (2000), “Risen” (2001), “In Between Now and Then” (2003), “Stories of a Stranger” (2005), “All Sides” (2008), and King (2011).

After gaining a following as a popular live act on college campuses, the band has gained popular success since signing to Lava Records in 2005, with their singles “Love And Memories” and “Shattered (Turn the Car Around)” gaining mainstream radio airplay. Speaking with Songfacts in an interview, Roberge explained “Love and Memories” was inspired by the Jim Carrey and Kate Winslet movie, The Eternal Sunshine of the Spotless Mind.

The members of O.A.R. first came together in Rockville, Maryland in the basement of drummer Chris Culos’ childhood home in 1996. As a young group of musicians, they were the prototype of the modern, self-starting band—taking charge of their fate by working the internet and building an identifiable sound. The band’s music, a rock/reggae fusion, consisted of songs that were fully accessible, yet teasingly elusive.

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