‘The Arcade’ is a beautiful collision of organic instruments, modern production, and thought-provoking lyrics, a ten song reaction in real-time to the new world we are all suddenly living in. A true collaboration of the O.A.R band and production family working together in the room and over the miles.
O.A.R. joined forces with long time producers/co-writers Gregg Wattenberg (John Legend, Train), Kellen “Pom Pom” Pomeranz (John Legend, Tai Verdes), and Stephen Kellogg, and new producers/co-writers Adam Friedman (Tai Verdes, Allen Stone), Danny Chaimson, and Matchbox Twenty’s Rob Thomas.
“Like O.A.R. itself, the songs are a melding of multiple imaginations, games in the arcade, each one having it's own story, lights, and sounds, but all under the same roof.” - frontman Marc Roberge.
The first song written for ‘The Arcade’, “In the Clouds” set the tone for the album’s wide-eyed musical exploration. The accompanying video, starring Barstool Sports’ John Feitelberg, celebrates happiness and the gift of imagination - Watch HERE
Additional songs off the album include “Nightlight”, which explores the protective nature of being a parent in these times with its moody urgency and syncopated guitar, “Chicago” a love letter to the city that gave the band its first major break, “Nowhere Else I’d Rather Be” describes a lifelong love and the city they live in, “Life in the Big City” is a hopeful tribute to a close friend of Roberge’s who lost his life to gun violence standing up for a stranger and “Inside Out” that has a classic O.A.R. sound and is soon to be a live staple.
The band is also beginning their joint summer tour with Dispatch today in Mesa, AZ. Throughout this Summer tour, they will be making 37 stops in Los Angeles, San Diego, Denver, Atlanta, Cleveland, Nashville, Boston, Chicago, New York, Philadelphia, Austin, Virginia Beach and more along with some solo shows (full routing below). For tickets and more details check it out HERE.
In addition to the album release and tour, the band will be participating in a Reddit AMA today at 1pm ET. They also co-founded and will be performing at the Ocean’s Calling Festival, which will take place on September 30th - October 2nd in Ocean City Maryland.
O.A.R is set to perform on nationally syndicated daytime talk show ‘Live with Kelly and Ryan.’ Be sure to check local listings to see the epic performance.
‘The Arcade Tracklisting
1. You Don’t Have To Say Goodbye
2. Inside Out
3. In The Clouds
5. Nowhere Else I’d Rather Be
7.Over My Head
8. What In the World
10. Life In the Big City
Dispatch & O.A.R. Summer Tour
7/15 – Mesa, AZ – Mesa Amphitheatre
7/16 – Los Angeles, CA – Hollywood Palladium
7/17 – San Diego, CA – Cal Coast Credit Union Open Air Theatre
7/19 – Paso Robles, CA – Vina Robles Amphitheatre
7/20 – Rohnert Park, CA – SOMO Village Event Center
7/22 – Bend, OR – Les Schwab Amphitheater
7/23 – Redmond, WA – Marymoor Amphitheater
7/24 – Bonner, MT – KettleHouse Amphitheater
7/28 – Nampa, ID – Ford Idaho Center Amphitheater
7/29 – Salt Lake City, UT – Red Butte Garden
7/30 – Denver, CO – Fiddler's Green Amphitheatre
8/5 – Atlanta, GA – Coca-Cola Roxy
8/6 – Nashville, TN – Ascend Amphitheater
8/7 – Columbus, OH – EXPRESS LIVE!
8/9 – Indianapolis, IN – TCU Amphitheater at White River State Park
8/10 – St. Louis, MO – St. Louis Music Park
8/12 – Cleveland, OH – Jacobs Pavilion at Nautica
8/13 – Highland Park, IL – Ravinia Festival
8/14 – Sterling Heights, MI – Michigan Lottery Amphitheatre Freedom Hill
8/15 – Pittsburgh, PA – Stage AE
8/18 – Philadelphia, PA – TD Pavilion at the Mann
8/19 – Gilford, NH – Bank of New Hampshire Pavilion
8/20 – Mansfield, MA – Xfinity Center
8/21 – Saratoga Springs, NY – Saratoga Performing Arts Center
8/23 – Lewiston, NY – Artpark
8/25 – Bridgeport, CT – Hartford HealthCare Amphitheater
8/26 – Columbia, MD – Merriweather Post Pavilion
8/27 – Wantagh, NY – Northwell Health at Jones Beach Theater
8/28 – Holmdel, NJ – PNC Bank Arts Center
8/30 – Asheville, NC – Salvage Station
8/31 – Charlotte, NC – Charlotte Metro Credit Union Amphitheatre
9/2 – Virginia Beach, VA – Veterans United Home Loans Amphitheater
9/3 – Wilmington, NC – Live Oak Bank Pavilion at Riverfront Park
9/4 – Augustine, FL – St. Augustine Amphitheatre
9/8 – Austin, TX – ACL Live at The Moody Theater
9/9 – Houston, TX – The Lawn at White Oak Music Hall
9/10 – Irving, TX – The Pavilion at Toyota Music Factory
9/30- 10/ 2 -Ocean’s Calling Festival - Ocean City, MD