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O.A.R. Biography


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Birth Place: Rockville, Maryland, United States
Years Active: 1996–present
Genres: Alternative Rock, Reggae, Indie Rock, Jam Band, Roots Rock


O.A.R. (originally known as Of a Revolution) is an American rock band composed of Marc Roberge (vocals, guitar), Chris Culos (drums, percussion), Richard On (guitar, backing vocals), Benj Gershman (bass guitar) and Jerry DePizzo (saxophone, guitar, snare drum kit, backing vocals). Due to massive online distribution over campus networks, the band became a hit among college students, with many songs relating to the band members' personal lives at Thomas S. Wootton High School, growing up in Rockville, Maryland and attending Ohio State University.

In 1997 they recorded “The Wanderer” at Gizmo Recording Company in Silver Spring, Maryland with engineer/producer Gantt Kushner. The foursome graduated from Wootton High School in Rockville, Maryland, then moved to Columbus, Ohio to attend Ohio State University. While at Ohio State, they met Jerry DePizzo, from Youngstown, Ohio. In 2000 they returned to Gizmo Recording to record “Souls Aflame.”

Without any formal marketing or advertising plans, the popularity of their songs such as “That Was a Crazy Game of Poker,” “City on Down” and “Night Shift” spread by word of mouth alone. Over the years, the band played as many shows as they could, expanding from the fraternities and sororities of Ohio State to any audiences that cared to listen.

This exposure paid off as their third album, “Risen,” peaked at #44 on the Billboard Independent Albums chart. Their fourth album, “In Between Now and Then,” peaked at #54 on the Billboard 200 Albums chart.

In 2005, O.A.R. released their fifth album, “Stories of a Stranger,” which debuted at #40 on the Billboard 200. It produced the singles, “Love and Memories,” “Heard the World” and “Lay Down.” “Love and Memories” was the band's first single to chart and receive significant radio airplay, peaking at #30 on the Billboard Modern Rock Tracks chart.

In 2008, O.A.R. released their sixth studio album, “All Sides,” reaching #13 on the Billboard 200. The first single, “Shattered (Turn the Car Around),” became their first entry on the Billboard Hot 100 Singles chart, peaking at #36.