Our Lady Peace Overview

Our Lady Peace (known also by its initialism OLP) is an alternative rock band that formed in Toronto, Ontario, Canada in 1992. The band is headed by lead singer Raine Maida; with Jeremy Taggart on percussion, Duncan Coutts on bass, and Steve Mazur as lead guitarist. The band has sold over five million albums worldwide, won four Juno Awards, and won ten MuchMusic Video Awards — the most MMVAs ever awarded to any artist or group.

OLP has released Our Lady Peace discography seven studio albums, one live album Live (Our Lady Peace album) , and two compilation albums, with their 1997 album Clumsy Clumsy (album) often being considered their signature and most widely recognized work to date. They have enjoyed many hit singles, ranging from "Starseed Starseed (song) " in 1994, to "Somewhere Out There Somewhere Out There (Our Lady Peace song) " in 2002.

While the band's first four albums were often praised for their distinctly unique sound and style, their fifth album, Gravity Gravity (Our Lady Peace album) , is sometimes noted to have been a "radical departure" from this distinctive style, and has been criticized as being "too mainstream". Lead singer Maida has confirmed the difference, calling Gravity "vastly different" than their previous records. The coincidental 2001 departures of both founding member Mike Turner Mike Turner (musician) and longtime-producer Arnold Lanni, in combination with influence from then-new producer Bob Rock, is sometimes credited as a main factor in the style change.

After nearly breaking up during the recording of their sixth studio album Healthy in Paranoid Times in 2005, The band recently began a North American tour featuring both their 1997 album Clumsy Clumsy (album) and their 2000 album Spiritual Machines in entirety, and have also begun work on their eighth album, which they hope to finish and release within 2010.


 
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Early years (1992–2001)

In 1992, guitarist Mike Turner Mike Turner (musician) placed a "musicians wanted" ad in Toronto-based Now Magazine looking to form a new band. Michael Maida, a criminology student at the University of Toronto, was the first to reply. The two formed a band called As If with Jim Newell playing drums and a friend of Mike Turner's, Paul Martin, playing bass. Having played a number of gigs in Oshawa with sets containing a mix of original and cover material, Turner's friend departed and the band placed a "musicians wanted" ad for a replacement bass player. Chris Eacrett, a business student at Ryerson University, replied and was accepted after the audition. During that time, Turner and Maida attended a music seminar where they met songwriter and producer Arnold Lanni, the owner of Arnyard Studios. The band, with Lanni, commenced writing new material and recorded some material under the As If name.

To better reflect the new musical direction, the name of the band was changed to Our Lady Peace, and with encouragement from Lanni and his management team, they performed some gigs in Eastern Ontario and Montreal with the assistance of D.J. Williams (a Ridley College alumnus and classmate of Maida, also a Ridley College alumnus), in conjunction with The Tea Party. During this time, Maida began using the name Raine to reduce the confusion of having two Mikes in the band. An independent video of the song "Out of Here" was also created during this time period by Sam Siciliano, a Ryerson University film student and friend of Mike Turner, who produced, edited, and directed the video. The video was aired on MuchMusic on their Indie show.

After returning to Arnyard Studios to continue writing and recording material, Jim Newell departed the band. Writing and recording continued with session drummer John Bouvette. With managers Rob Lanni and Eric Lawrence of Coalition Entertainment representing the band, and temporary drummer Jody Wilson, short showcases were arranged with Warner Music Canada, EMI Canada, and Sony Music Canada. Sony Music Canada Sony Music head of A&R Artist and repertoire , Richard Zuckerman, liked what he heard and saw the potential of the producer, the band, and band's management. Thanks in large part to the vision of Richard Zuckerman the band signed a record deal with Sony Music Canada and a publishing deal with Sony/ATV. The band commenced writing additional material for a debut album, as well as placing a "musicians wanted" ad for a drummer which was answered by then 17-year-old Jeremy Taggart, and the producer and band asked that he join.


Success with Naveed and Clumsy

After additional material was written and recorded, with the continued assistance of John Bouvette on several tracks and guitarist Phil X contributing tracks, Our Lady Peace released its debut album Naveed Naveed (album) in 1994 under Sony Music Canada Sony Music . Following the release of the album, the band toured Canada supporting acts I Mother Earth and 54-40. The record was later picked up and released in the United States in March 1995 by a Sony Music indie label, Relativity Records, from which the band completed the year touring as the opening act for Van Halen's Balance summer tour and four shows opening for Page & Plant. Touring of the album resumed in 1996 with time spent touring with Canadian Alanis Morissette. The title track, "Naveed Naveed (song) ", became a hit in Canada, while "Starseed Starseed (song) " became a hit in Canada and charted in the United States. "Starseed" would later be added on the Armageddon Armageddon (1998 film) film soundtrack.


In early 1997, Our Lady Peace was offered an American signing with Columbia Records, expanding their horizons within Sony Music Entertainment. After touring the album Naveed, the band began work on their second studio album for Columbia. As the writing process ensued, bassist Chris Eacrett and the band parted ways due to musical differences. Rob Coutts, a Ridley College alumni and classmate of Raine Maida, joined the band as Duncan Coutts on bass during the recording of their second album.

Titled Clumsy Clumsy (album) , the band's second album was released in January of 1997. It features the hit songs "Superman's Dead", "4 AM 4 AM (Our Lady Peace song) ", "Automatic Flowers", "Carnival" and the title track "Clumsy Clumsy (Our Lady Peace song) ". It established Our Lady Peace as a leading band in the Canadian rock scene. The album cover was based on a song called "Trapeze", which was initially going to be the name of the album. They decided to leave the song off the album but still performed it live. In February 2001, Clumsy became a diamond-certified album in Canada. In 1998, Our Lady Peace founded the Summersault festival that toured across Canada in 1998 and 2000, with lineups that included Foo Fighters, A Perfect Circle and The Smashing Pumpkins.


Happiness, touring and Spiritual Machines

In 1999 the band released their third album titled Happiness...Is Not a Fish That You Can Catch. The album included such hits as "Thief Thief (Our Lady Peace song) ", a song about a young girl named Mina Kim that the band met who had cancer, as well as "One Man Army" and "Is Anybody Home?". Legendary jazz drummer Elvin Jones was featured on the song "Stealing Babies". Multi-instrumentalist Jamie Edwards was brought in 1996 for the sessions for the album and remained an unofficial member of the band until 2001 when he was asked to officially join the band to finish the album Gravity Gravity (Our Lady Peace album) . Shortly after the completion of the record, Jamie chose to leave the band, returning briefly to stand in for Mike Eisenstein during the Canadian tour of Gravity. The band also played an eleven song set at Woodstock 1999.


In 2000, the band released Spiritual Machines, a concept album inspired by Ray Kurzweil's book The Age of Spiritual Machines. During the recording of the album, drummer Jeremy Taggart was sidelined with an ankle injury; Matt Cameron, Pearl Jam's Pearl Jam drummer and former member of Soundgarden, played drums on "Right Behind You (Mafia)" and "Are You Sad?" in his place. The album featured the singles "In Repair In Repair (Our Lady Peace song) ", "Life" and "Right Behind You (Mafia)". "Life" was also featured in the soundtrack for the Canadian sports comedy film Men with Brooms. Spiritual Machines was less commercially successful than its predecessors.


Changes in direction (2001–present)

By the early 2000s 2000s (decade) , the band was becoming restless, feeling a "numbness" with their po***rity as well as the "over-saturation" of their songs on Canadian radio, which resulted in them almost breaking up after completing their Spiritual Machines tour. According to the band members the separation was amicable.

Lead singer Raine Maida said of the departure, "The last two records we've been yearning for a guitar player that can really stand up and have a strong voice and Mike just wasn't that kind of guitar player." Turner later formed the bands Fair Ground and Crash Karma. Turner's last performance with the band was for Music Without Borders at Toronto's Air Canada Center on October 21, 2001.


Gravity, live album, and Healthy in Paranoid Times

In April 2002, after a global call for a replacement for Turner, Steve Mazur was announced as the new guitarist for the band and recording of their new album was completed. OLP's fifth studio album, Gravity Gravity (Our Lady Peace album) , was released in June 2002 to mixed reviews. Some critics and fans contended that the album was a radical departure from the band's musical style, adopting an increasingly mainstream sound. Percussionist Jeremy Taggart disclosed in a 2002 interview that the new direction was intentional, and that Gravity was "by far their best album". The album includes famed singles such as "Naveed Naveed (song) " and "Somewhere Out There Somewhere Out There (Our Lady Peace song) ", as well as lesser-known songs such as "Car Crash" and "Stealing Babies". Maida solely produced the album, noting his excitement over "not (having had) anybody intrude on (recording) sessions".


Recreation tour and eighth album

In December 2009, the band announced that they would be "recreating" throughout a new tour that began in March 2010. In a March 2010 interview, lead singer Raine Maida noted that after having gone back to re-learn songs from Spiritual Machines and Clumsy in preparation for their tour, he was "brought back to the great things about this band". He added that fans — especially those who are particularly fond of the pre-Gravity Gravity (Our Lady Peace album) albums — should expect to see "a lot of stuff (from those albums) creeping its way back into our music".In the band's early years and especially in Naveed Naveed (album) , Our Lady Peace's overall sound was often compared to alternative rock bands including Soundgarden, The Smashing Pumpkins and Pearl Jam. The band's melodic structure melody was also said to echo that of bands such as The Beatles and Led Zeppelin. Since then, Fox has been used on four additional Our Lady Peace album covers: Clumsy Clumsy (album) , Happiness... Happiness... Is Not a Fish That You Can Catch , Spiritual Machines and A Decade.


According to lead singer Maida in a 1998 interview, Fox "represent(ed) a whole lot of stuff with the band ... he's a very unique individual, a very inspiring individual". wearing an outfit similar to the one used by Fox on the cover of the band's 1999 album Happiness... Is Not a Fish That You Can Catch.

In a recent interview, band bassist Duncan Coutts suggested that Saul Fox may have recently died, as his health had been declining.
Studio albums

*1994: Naveed Naveed (album)
*1997: Clumsy Clumsy (album)
*1999: Happiness... Is Not a Fish That You Can Catch
*2000: Spiritual Machines
*2002: Gravity Gravity (Our Lady Peace album)
*2005: Healthy in Paranoid Times
*2009: Burn Burn Burn Burn (album)
*2010: Untitled eighth album


Live and compilation albums

* 2003: Live Live (Our Lady Peace album)
* 2006: A Decade
* 2009: The Very Best of Our Lady Peace
Current members

*Raine Maida (1992–present): lead vocals, rhythm guitar
*Jeremy Taggart (1993–present): drums, percussion
*Duncan Coutts (1995–present): bass bass guitar , backing vocals
*Steve Mazur (2002–present): lead guitar, backing vocals


Former members

*Mike Turner Mike Turner (musician) (1992–2001): guitar, backing vocals
*Chris Eacrett (1992–1995): bass



Record producers

*Arnold Lanni (1992–2001): Naveed Naveed (album) , Clumsy Clumsy (album) , Happiness Happiness... Is Not a Fish That You Can Catch , Spiritual Machines
*Bob Rock (2001–2005): Gravity Gravity (Our Lady Peace album) , Healthy in Paranoid Times
*Raine Maida (2007–present): Burn Burn Burn Burn (album)
 

 

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