Founded by Marc Roberge and Chris Culos back in 1996 then eventually recruited Richard and Benj. They recorded “The Wanderer” in Gizmo Recording Company in Silver Spring, Maryland. Then while in Ohio, State, they met Jerry DePizzo form Youngstown, ohio to complete the circle and in 2000 they returned to record Souls Aflame.
With no advertising they became popular through word of mouth. As their popularity increases their audience expands all through Ohio State. The album Risen top the Billboard Internet Sales chart landed on #11 and their fourth album Any Time Now debuted at #156 on Billboard 200 chart. They signed in Lava Records because they promised not to change the band.
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 98 in the Pop 100, at 30 in Modern Rock Tracks, and at 18 in Adult Top 40. The music videos for “Love and Memories” and “Lay Down” also received airplay on VH1 and MTV. The video for “Lay Down” also received a “Woodie” award from MTV for streaming video.
On July 15, 2008, O.A.R. released their sixth studio album, All Sides. The first radio single for All Sides, “Shattered (Turn the Car Around)“, was released for download on June 13. It surpassed “Love And Memories”, peaking at 2 in Adult Top 40. In December 2008, VH1 named the music video for “Shattered” as number 18 on their Top 40 Videos of 2008.
I was amazed when I hear Shattered for the first time, is it Snow Patrol or something? It’s a catchy song well I am just hooked with it. Every beat and every guitar strum just shatters in my bones and the beat is slowly igniting on my bloodstream. It is an epic song, a classic, a milestone. I am no music expert but I listen to the song as I feel it.