O.A.R, or "Of a Revolution," is a band that has probably been on your radar for quite some time. In the early 00's, this band had seen much commercial success. You probably know them from their two biggest hits, "Love and Memories" and "Shattered (Turn the Car Around)" which has played countless times on the radio airwaves and some movies. The Rockville, Maryland band formed in 1996, and is made up of members Marc Roberge (lead vocalist/guitar), Chris Culos (drums), Richard On (guitar), Benj Gershman (bass), and Jerry DePizzo (saxophone/guitar).
With 8 studio albums and 5 live performance albums, O.A.R is energetic, fun, and exuberant. Their latest album, The Rockville LP, was released this past June and perfectly demonstrates O.A.R's ability to mix genres and play it off well. In their albums we've seen elements of pop, rock, and light ska, and in this new album you see a well-blended combination of all. In songs like "Peace," you can hear a pop-country sound as Roberge sings, "I want love, I want us, I want you, I want me, I want peace." It's light, playful, and a very cute song. Another standout song is "Two Hands Up," a song that combines an unusual mix of pop and reggae that O.A.R is so good at doing.
O.A.R gained mainstream success in 2005 after the release of their fifth album, Stories of a Stranger. Featured off this album are the singles, "Love and Memories," which was the band's first track to really grab the world's attention. It was the first single to chart and to receive airplay, and helped Stories of a Stranger reach #40 on the Billboard 200 chart. The year after the album release, O.A.R sold out Madison Square Garden. A lesser known song off the album is "Lay Down," which really shows their light-ska ability. You hear a good, head-nodding beat met with the signature ska saxophone which makes it a very fun listen.