about the artist
Our Lady Peace
When Our Lady Peace released Spiritual Machines in 2000, they had become one of Canada’s most successful alt-rock bands. They were about to get even bigger with their next album, the Bob Rock-produced, megahit-spawning Gravity that would make OLP a global force.
A concept record named after a book by Futurist Ray Kurzweil (whose voice appears throughout the album), Spiritual Machines found OLP subverting the working rock formula that worked so well for them, writing anthemic guitar hooks next to literal predictive modelings addressing a future dependent on AI and the legal rights of computers. Twenty years later, Spiritual Machines’s predictions have mostly come true.
Now, and with groundbreaking advances in technology, there’s reason to celebrate. OLP responds to this hope with Spiritual Machines 2, the band’s long-awaited sequel LP. Produced by TV on the Radio’s Dave Sitek (with additional production by Jason Lader on three tracks) and featuring the return of Kurzweil with new predictions, Spiritual Machines 2’s technicolor grooves mark an uplifting new chapter for OLP, as well as a chance to readjust the expectations for our shared future.
It will serve as both a return to form and the marker of a new era for a band that’s been on the main stage for over 25 years. Our Lady Peace is Raine Maida (lead vocals), Duncan Coutts (bass), Jason Pierce (percussion), and Steve Mazur (lead guitar). They have sold over five million albums, won four JUNO Awards and 10 Much Music Videos Awards (one of the MMVA’s most awarded artists), and have toured the world with The Rolling Stones, Guns ‘n’ Roses, Van Halen, Goo Goo Dolls, Alanis Morissette, and more, in addition to launching their music festival, Summersault, and playing at legendary festivals such as Woodstock ’99 and Live 8. The band’s No. 1 radio hits in Canada include “Clumsy,” “In Repair,” “Somewhere Out There,” and “Angels Losing Sleep.”