Our Lady Peace have proven fighters in the two decades since they formed in Toronto, a fitting theme for "Heavyweight," the first single from their upcoming, eighth studio album, Curve, which is slated for release on April 3, 2012.
"This is the record we've been trying to make for the past 10 years. There's something to be said about being beaten up and being able to dust yourself off and get back in the ring," says vocalist/lyricist and founding member Raine Maida about the new album, which was once again recorded in Toronto and his own L.A. home recording studio with co-producer Jason Lader. Lader's impressive resume includes production work on Jay-Z's "99 Problems," along with Mars Volta, Julian Casablancas, Rilo Kiley, Elvis Costello and Noah & the Whale.
"Jason and I had a very frank discussion about the early recordings of Curve before he came in," says Maida. "He asked why we weren't making a record that we'd like to listen to ourselves. That was our impetus for abandoning what we started, bringing in Jason and truly challenging ourselves to come up with something more authentic and inspired. He helped us operate without the filter predicated by walking the major label tightrope."
"Heavyweight" was made available on iTunes through Coalition Records on December 20 to the band's loyal fans. Many Canadian Rock Radio stations bought the song from iTunes and immediately began playing it for their listeners. The track has had a steady climb up the charts and is currently Top 10 at all Rock Radio formats.
Curve is the result of the band taking creative and artistic risks with their proven methods, featuring such dynamic new songs such as "Mettle," "Fire In The Henhouse," "As Fast As You Can," "Window Seat," and "Rabbits."
"While writing for Curve the focus was on being musically brave," states bassist Duncan Coutts. " It became the mantra in our sessions."
"This feels the most like it did in the early days," says drummer Jeremy Taggart, who has been with the band from the start, since he was 17. "We just tried to let our ideas flow without worrying about radio or anything like that. It's easier to be creative when you let something grow naturally as opposed to trying to fit in into something."
And while Raine has been getting recognition for his social activism, the new album is personal, not political. He recently recorded an agitprop protest anthem, "Fight the Good Fight," which is included on the Occupy This Album (out spring), with artists including Yoko Ono, Debbie Harry, Willie Nelson, Tom Morello, Joan Baez, Steve Earle & James McMurtry and Mogwai, among others, as well as being involved in organizations like War Child, targeting at-risk youth in war-torn countries, and Apathy is Boring.
Says Raine, "Curve is more about us, going through this reawakening and independence and hopefully creating a deeper connection with our audience."
Our Lady Peace will hit the road on a North American headline tour kicking off March 29 in London, ON with stops along the way to New York CIty, Detroit, Chicago, and Seattle (complete list of tour dates below).
An exclusive pre-sale on tickets begins Feb. 8 for fans who are signed up to the Our Lady Peace mailing-list. Those that purchase a ticket to a show, can also pre-order a digital or physical copy of Curve. When ordering the physical bundle, fans will receive an autographed copy of the CD plus the full length digital album at a special low price on release day. As an added bonus upon either purchase option, they will instantly get the "Heavyweight" single via digital download. Special offer is available until shows sell out. Tickets go on sale to the public Feb.10.
March 29th - London, ON - Concert Theatre
March 31st - Peterborough, ON - The Venue
April 2nd - Montreal, ON - Corona
April 3rd - Toronto, ON - The Phoenix
April 5th - New York, NY - Bowery Ballroom
April 6th - Buffalo, NY - Club Infinity
April 7th - Detroit, MI - St Andrew's Hall
April 8th - Chicago, IL - Subterranean
April 10th - North Bay, ON - The Wall
April 12th - Thunder Bay, ON - Community Auditorium
April 13th - Winnipeg MB - Garrick
April 16th - Calgary, AB - Flame Central
April 17th - Edmonton, AB - Starlite
April 19th - Vancouver, BC - Commodore Ballroom
April 20th - Seattle,WA - The Crocodile Cafe