Richard On, guitarist and songwriter for O.A.R, is a working man. He's up before sunrise to work out. He hears melodies all day that he's constantly recording to his phone. And he does most of his best writing at night, after he's put the kids to bed and is finally able to relax with his wife. Heck, even when he sleeps he's still working: he wrote the riff to one of their songs after getting up in the middle of the nigh. On recorded it, then went back to sleep. It was only when he saw the timestamp on the recording later that he remembered what he'd done. Of course, all this hard work can be undone by the tiny fingers of his children, as you'll read.
O.A.R.'s latest release, their 8th, is called The Rockville LP. It's named after the band's hometown of Rockville, Maryland, which just happens to be where I grew up as well. The album is an homage to the city; the band wrote the songs after and while driving around its roads, visiting the locales they frequented as teenagers. The return home to these childhood landmarks led to a creative rebirth.
I spoke to On a few weeks ago in a coffee shop outside Washington, DC. Read my interview with Richard On of O.A.R. after the video for "Peace" off the new album The Rockville LP.