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Interview:
Our Lady Peace Goes For A New Kind Of Burn
 

By GARY GRAFF
Of the Oakland Press

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“Burn Burn,” Our Lady Peace’s first new album in four years — and seventh overall — is the result of a period of change for the Canadian quartet.

In 2004, the group went on a short hiatus after leaving Columbia Records, letting frontman Raine Maida make his first solo album, “The Hunter’s Lullaby.” When OLP regrouped, it started its own label and Maida took over the producer’s chair, leading the band through what he calls “one of the best musical experiences we’ve ever had.”

“I think with the band, the good thing is everyone was on the same page,” says Maida, 39, who’s married to fellow singer and songwriter Chantal Kreviazuk. “All we’re trying to do is take the best things of Our Lady Peace we’ve liked over the last three years and do that, without compromising.

“Every album before this, for all sorts of reasons, we’ve always had songs that never got the attention they needed so we never talk about them, never play them. On this record, I can honestly say there’s not even a note that’s compromised. Every note, every part of this record, we made sure we loved. It’s a huge success for us.”

OLP did have some time in limelight during its time away, however. David Cook, the seventh season winner of “American Idol,” told the world OLP is his favorite band, and Maida even wrote some songs with Cook for his debut album.

“ ‘American Idol’ is definitely a weird entity for (OLP) and the world we come from,” Maida says. “But David, I think, is a great ambassador for them. He made five records on his own. He was no different than we were, a struggling band trying to make records, trying to get a record deal.

“It never happened for him, so the ‘American Idol’ thing was ... a quicker path. But he’s a kid with a conscience. I can really relate to him. He’s really dedicated to building a career and being a true artist, so he’s more like us than some of the other people who do that show.”



Our Lady Peace headlines CIDR’s 93.9 Riverfest at 7 p.m. Friday (Aug. 21) at the Fillmore Detroit, 2115 Woodward Ave., Detroit. Andrew McMahon from Jack’s Mannequin and Pilot Speed also will perform. Tickets are $19.39 or $58 for a balcony four-pack. Call (313) 961-5451 or visit www.livenation.com.

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