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OLP returns to its roots

Getting back to the basics with ‘proper rock and roll record’ Burn Burn



They say that good things come to those who wait. Well, for masses of loyal longtime Our Lady Peace (OLP) fans, almost four years of anticipation and patience has paid off in spades with the band's latest 10-track release, Burn Burn .

Over the span of their 18-year career, the iconic Canadian alt-rock band has sold over five million albums worldwide, won four Juno Awards and taken home 10 Much Music Video Awards. With Raine Maida on vocals and acoustic guitar, Jeremy Taggart on percussion, Duncan Coutts on bass guitar and backing vocals, and Steve Mazur on guitar and backing vocals, the group has also shared stages with legendary musicians like Jimmy Page, Robert Plant, the Rolling Stones, Van Halen, Faith No More, The Ramones, Goo Goo Dolls, No Doubt, Stone Temple Pilots and Blur.

But they've also had their share of struggles in that time and were close to calling it quits while making Healthy in Paranoid Times in 2005.

"We kind of always had most of our creative control and freedom in the studio, but as the business kind of declined over the last like five years and the last couple of records with Columbia, and because somewhere out there our Gravity record sold a million copies, all of a sudden they wanted to do that again, so the powers that be in New York were really hard on us," Maida explained in a recent interview.

"It was just a pain in the ass - it wasn't fun, it wasn't musical, it wasn't creative."

Instead of packing it in, they regrouped and decided to get back to the basics, quietly retreating to Maida's personal studio space to work. You see, the band made some of their first recordings in a small, dungeon-like studio space in Mississauga, Ontario.

"It was just four guys in a room trusting their instincts and, you know, it got us a record deal and it basically made Naveed , the first record, with that mentality," Maida added.

This time around, they ended up with Burn Burn , the first album the band has released without a record label having a real say or influence. The end result shares the tone and feel of some of the group's first big hits back in the early '90s: real rock, pure and simple.

"We wouldn't have been able to do this five years ago - it's because of all the crap we went through and just myself learning to be an engineer and a producer on other people's projects, it just allowed us to have the four of us in a room with no other outside influences."