OUR LADY PEACE–Raine Maida (vocalist), Duncan Coutts (bass), Jeremy Taggart (drums), Steve Mazur (guitar)—will be kicking off a U.S. headlining tour starting October 19 in Solana Beach, CA to promote their seventh studio album, BURN BURN, which was released July 21 via Coalition Entertainment (Records) through Warner Music Group’s Independent Label Group. While the trek is set to conclude October 31, more dates are being added throughout the rest of the year.
The album, which debuted at #41 on the Billboard “Top 200 Albums” chart, has already produced a hit single with “All You Did Was Save My Life,” thanks to heavy rotation at four different formats: Alternative, Top 40, Triple A and Active. The video stars fellow Canadian, Shenae Grimes, of “90210” and “Degrassi: The Next Generation” fame.
“The End Is Where We Begin” is the second single is now being serviced to radio and has recently been added to stations nationwide including KDGE/Dallas, KTBZ/Houston, WKRK/Cleveland, KRBZ/Kansas City, WPBZ/West Palm Beach and WGRD/Grand Rapids. A video for the song will make its premiere in the next couple of weeks.
Primarily self-produced in lead singer Raine Maida’s Los Angeles home studio, BURN BURN marks the longest period between studio albums for Our Lady Peace. It also signifies a sonic and philosophical rebirth. The band now enjoys a creative and professional freedom that they haven’t experienced since the release of their now classic debut. “I think about the way we made NAVEED,” Maida recalls. “We were just starting, we knew nothing about the business and we had no expectations. It was four guys in a room just trusting their instincts. We went back to that. ‘Liberating’ doesn’t really even sum it up.”
BURN BURN is a triumphant return to what Maida terms “a proper, mature rock album,” steeped in the kind of raw intensity that drove their early material. Blinding rays of anthemic light make way to the tender poise and precision of a band that was looking for a way out and found a satisfying new way in.
Our Lady Peace’s live show is as good as it’s ever been and was on display during July’s sold-out shows in New York City and Los Angeles that had Billboard gushing, “OLP proved their readiness as arena-worthy superstars during the opening night of the Canadian act’s U.S. tour.” The performance in Los Angeles left the Troubadour none-too-pleased with the damage OLP incurred. Maida victoriously climbed up to walls to the second floor during “All You Did Was Save My Life,” leaving a heap of destruction in his wake. A fan caught the stunt on video and it can be seen on YouTube (http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=SrSVi5Ce_go).
The album has been racking up rave reviews since the album’s release:
“…a nice return to the soaring rock they made their name on. Lead singer Raine Maida sounds more mature than ever – mostly forsaking his once eye-popping falsetto – and brings a poetic touch to his tales of everyday struggle and hope…Often praised for their energetic live show, OLP keeps the anthemic tracks flowing with ‘The End Is Where We Begin,’ ‘Escape Artist,’ ‘Refuge,’ and the blistering ‘White Flags.’ Check This Track Out: ‘Monkey Brains’ is a manic blast of energy that features a – dare I say it – Iron Maiden-influenced effort by bassist Duncan Coutts.”
–John Kosik, Associated Press
“Fingerprints of the band’s past are all over it, from the frantic basslines and guitar blasts found on the eccentric ‘Monkey Brains’ to stripped-down rocker ‘White Flags’…the soaring, piano-driven ‘Never Get Over You’ is proof that singer Raine Maida can still write a killer ballad.”
–Evan Lucy, Billboard
“…the slower moments are anthemic rather than sappy and the fist-pumping rockers are infused with righteousness and not mirth, with the two extremes tied together with an earthbound spaciness that splits the difference between U2 and Coldplay.”
–Stephen Thomas Erlewine, All Music Guide
“…a bombastic rock record…”
–Mike Schiller, Popmatters.com
Check out Our Lady Peace at any of the following stops:
DATE CITY VENUE
Mon 10/19 Solana Beach, CA Belly Up
Tue 10/20 Anaheim, CA House of Blues
Wed 10/21 Tempe, AZ Clubhouse Music Venue
Thu 10/22 Las Vegas, NV Rio Hotel & Casino
Sat 10/24 Houston, TX The Woodlands Pavillion
Sun 10/25 New Orleans, LA House of Blues
Tue 10/27 Johnson City, TN Electric Cowboy
Thu 10/29 Columbus, OH Newport Music Hall
Fri 10/30 St. Louis, MO The Pageant
Sat 10/31 Kansas City, MO Kansas City Power & Light District
Tue 11/13 Banff, Alberta Wild Bills Saloon
Thu 12/3 Lake Buena Vista, FL House of Blues
Fri 12/4 Jacksonville, FL Freebird Live
(ABC Public Relations – Oct. 5th 2009)