O.A.R., Of A Revolution, have had a tremendous career over the last eighteen years and they're set to release their eight studio album, The Rockville EP, on June 10th.
The guys, Marc Roberge, Chris Culos, Richard On, Benji Gerhman, and Jerry DePizzo, were able to spend some quality time at home during the holidays last year. During that time, they were able to really take in and reconnect with their hometown of Rockville Maryland, and drew inspiration for the album. Here's what they had to say about the album and the story behind it:
"This year I spent the Thanksgiving holiday week back home in Maryland with family and friends. And, for the first time since high school, I was completely in the moment. Wholly present. Home. I don't think over the last decade we've been able to put the brakes on for one second to take a look around, feel the cut of a fall night's wind roll through the pines, across your cheek, and tumble of down the street. It's hard to remember a trip home that wasn't pressed by hurry, rattled and fleeting. This time was different. It was real. Like it used to be."
"We always felt something tugging at our sleeves to come home and check back in. Feel like it’s time to get in the car, drive down the roads we were raised on and see what we find out about ourselves. The way you do when you’re growing up, eyes wide. Completely present and clear. We’re not the same. Don’t want to be. We are muddy branches on solid roots. That’s what this album is. It’s sitting on the driveway with the people you know, trading stories about the places you’ve been. That’s home to us. That’s Rockville, Maryland."
Now that's an album I want to hear! Here's the lead single, 'Peace':