O.A.R. is often compared to the Dave Matthews Band, owing to vocalist and guitarist Marc Roberges (4 October 1978, Silver Spring, Maryland, USA) close vocal approximation to Matthews, as well as their mutual love for jamming. The roots of O.A.R. (Of A Revolution) stretch back to the early 90s, when Roberge and drummer Chris Culos were classmates in junior high school (in Rockville, Maryland, USA), and would listen to music and jam together. By the late 90s, Roberge and Culos had welcomed two others into their fold, Richard On (guitar) and Benj Gershman (b. 24 March 1980, USA; bass), resulting in the formation of O.A.R. in 1998. Building up a solid fanbase owing to live shows from the east coast through the mid-west, O.A.R. issued two releases on their own in 2000, The Wanderer and Souls Aflame, the latter of which featured the arrival of a fifth member, Jerry DePizzo (saxophone).
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