O.A.R. talks inspiration behind upcoming album 'The Mighty'

Pop rock band O.A.R. is putting finishing touches on their upcoming album The Mighty which is slated for a March release at this point. The set was produced by friend Gregg Wattenberg and up-and-comer Pom-Pom (Helen Pomerantz) and is the first time O.A.R. has had a female producer. Pomerantz has brought new ideas to the table and blends O.A.R.'s organic sound with modern digital technology as well.

The title of the album was inspired by an introduction from former https://www.axs.com/artists/104001/bon-jovi-ticketshttps://www.axs.com/artists/104001/bon-jovi-tickets guitarist Richie Sambora several years ago while loss and heartbreak inspired the new track "Miss You All the Time" which can be seen above. Singer Marc Roberge told Billboard that an old friend was trying to reconnect and made attempts to make contact after several years. Then one night, his friend was murdered while defending a stranger from being harassed. He realized that when old friends try to reconnect that one should make every effort to do so because in an instant that person could be gone. That incident inspired the new track. From there, he suffered another loss.

"During the process of writing the song, another friend who was very, very close was taken away. It solidified for me that you can sit and wallow and be completely crushed and sad about these tragic losses or I could try to find some sort of bright side and meaning," he told the publication.

Though O.A.R. is finishing up a tour that concludes on Dec. 16, the band is mapping out the next set of dates in 2019 to support The Mighty. The band last released an album in 2016. XX debuted at No. 5 on the Top Rock Albums chart and commemorated the band's 20th anniversary having been a double-disc collection. Prior to in 2014, The Rockville LP debuted at No. 13 on the Top 200 Albums chart but hit No. 1 on the Independent Albums chart. The album also made a splash on the Vinyl Albums chart, also coming in at No. 13.