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Oval Opus headlines Howard’s

Aaron Patrick, lead singer of Oval Opus, was clearly in a good mood as he stood outside the recording studio.

An airplane flew overhead, making a lot of noise, and Aaron took a minute to point it out.

“It looks sort of wobbly,” Aaron said of the plane. “It looks like it can’t get balanced.”

After the excitement of the wobbly plane passed, the enthusiasm about the band’s show at Howard’s Club H tonight and the upcoming release of their fourth record returned.

The band got their start at Miami University in Oxford, Ohio.

Two of the members met at a party where they were “seeking the same woman’s attention,” Aaron said.

Both were playing the guitar, in hopes of getting her attention, and it just snowballed from there.

The name Oval Opus comes from a sign and a movie.

As the band was driving past a sign, someone suggested they be named something with an oval.

Band member Dan Edmondson had just seen the movie Mr. Holland’s Opus, and suggested the Opus part.

Now, the name has more meaning. An oval is never ending, which represents the never ending journey the band members are on.

An opus is a musical composition and represents the fact that they are musical.

Opening for Oval Opus tonight are Ryan Creamer and The Wide Awakes.

Aaron met Ryan through his father. Both Ryan and Aaron’s father were stationed overseas.

“Ryan is one of our close personal friends,” Patrick Martin, bassist for Oval Opus, said. “He’s kinda part of the family.”

Because they know each other on a personal level, it’s different from touring with some of the bigger names, like Maroon 5 and Jason Mraz, bands they’ve toured with in the past.

Outside the band, making records and touring, Aaron and Patrick are just like anyone else.

“I like to play PlayStation and Frisbee disc golf, go on vacations and go hiking and canoeing,” Aaron said.

Aaron also said the band might get to Bowling Green early, just so they can have time to play some Frisbee disc golf before the show.

While on tour, Patrick misses his dog Jacko, a boxer, whenever he can’t go with them.

Right now, Oval Opus is recording their fourth record.

Working with Erwin Musper, producer of the newest record, is “one of the most exciting things,” according to Aaron.

“(Musper) is an industry legend,” Patrick said. “His name is on over 80 million records world wide.”

Forty days have been set aside to work on the new record. Wednesday was the last day of recording.

“This is by far the best record we’ve ever made,” Aaron said.

“This has been the best recording experience I’ve had,” Patrick echoed.

The release party will be at the House of Blues in Cleveland mid-December. Beginning Nov. 1, fans can preorder the record.

Oval Opus continues to come back to Bowling Green because, “we kind of started there,” Aaron said.

Bowling Green is one of the better college markets the band plays in. “Bowling Green has always been really good to us,” Patrick said.

Aaron recalled the early days in Bowling Green when they played at Easy Street Cafe.

“We used to have to go in the back stairs,” Aaron said, “and the steps would have ice on them.”

Now, however, it’s much easier playing at Howard’s.

“You just walk in the back door and right to the stage,” Aaron said.

Aaron said another benefit of playing in Bowling Green is that “the crowd is consistently glowing. The kids are always rockin’.”

Oval Opus, Ryan Creamer and The Wide Awakes play at Howard’s Club H tonight at 10:30 p.m.


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