So slick, fully actualized and bursting with classic pop signifiers is the music of OneRepublic that one might be forgiven for assuming the band was put together in a boardroom somewhere, or at the very least, is a group that was earmarked and groomed for success from the get-go. The truth, as is usually the case, is a bit different than the stereotype might suggest.
OneRepublic – originally known as This Beautiful Mess, a nod to the Sixpence None the Richer album of the same name – was dropped by Columbia Records before it even released its first album. Undeterred, the band persevered, generating a massive following on its own, through profile hits on MySpace – which sounds quaint now, but didn’t in 2008 – and word of mouth based on live performances.
It was pop Svengali Timbaland, in fact, who eventually signed OneRepublic to his Mosley Music label, and would go on to help the band achieve a massive breakthrough hit with his remix of “Apologize.” And then the hits – grandiose pop-rock anthems, with memorable cello arpeggios, glistening guitar figures and massive, reach-for-the-sky chorus hooks – kept coming.
As the band preps for release of the film “The Giver,” for which it composed a key soundtrack component, it carries on with its summer tour. OneRepublic will be joined by support acts the Script and American Authors for a show at 7 p.m. Saturday in the Darien Lake Performing Arts Center. Tickets are $25-$79 for reserved seating, and $25 for general admission on the lawn.
– Jeff Miers