As the band O.A.R. get ready to release their seventh album next Tuesday, we have some good news: you can listen to King right now on Rdio. If you’re a subscriber or still on your Rdio trial, hear them catch the next wave toward the perfect summer soundtrack.
Besides being the only place you can hear their new album, Rdio got O.A.R.’s Chris Culos to answer Five Questions with the Band and create a playlist of “Songs I Am Listening to Right Now.” So get ready to hear a little bit of reggae, catchy rock and killer sax solos.
Five Questions with O.A.R.
- Who do you think is an important musician that most people have never heard of before?
O.A.R. percussionist Chris Culos: Foster The People is sure to make a very big impact. Their new album Torches has so many songs that could be hits. It's a very fresh sound, the songwriting is really strong, the album is good from front to back, and the band can play live - a combination of things that make me think, watch out….these guys are going to be huge.
- If you had access to any record in the world, what would you listen to right now?
CC: Bob Marley's Babylon By Bus is probably my favorite album of all time. It has an energy, pulse and spirit that was captured in the recording that's my favorite sound ever recorded on a live album. Every time I listen to it, it brings back some of my favorite memories, but I also hear new things I've never heard before. In that sense, it's a very magical album. It captured a moment in time perfectly, but it's also timeless.
- Which album or artist do you most associate with your childhood?
CC: Pearl Jam's Ten would probably be one of the most influential albums of my childhood because it came out right at the time I was hitting the age where music becomes something you identify with and feel like it's a part of your personality. The other reason is because when I heard them perform on MTV's Unplugged it made me want to be in a band. That moment changed everything.
- We hope people are ______________ when they listen to our music.
- We were thinking about ______________ when we wrote music for the new album.
CC: Songs that sound like summer