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Multi-platinum recording artists Our Lady Peace have returned after a four
year lapse between album releases.  The Canadian-based band has launched a
tour in support of their seventh studio effort,
Burn, Burn.

In 2005 the alternative rock group took a short hiatus following the release of
Healthy in Paranoid Times and subsequently decided to end their signing with
Columbia Records.

After pursing various solo projects during the break, the four band members
reconvened in 2007 to work on new material, with lead vocalist Raine Maida as
the album’s producer.  

Without a major record label attachment, guitarist Steve Mazur said everything
involved with the recording of “Burn, Burn” was completely different.

“[I] felt like I was 15-years-old again, and there were times I can honestly say
I’d forget about the business side of things,” Mazur said.  “There was no
outside producer, engineer or record company around.”

For two years Mazur said the band wrote and recorded in Maida’s professional
studio-converted garage in Los Angeles, Calif.

“Me, Duncan [Coutts, bass] and Jeremy [Taggart, drums] would go to Toronto
to hash out ideas and go back to Raine’s place and work together for about 10
days at a time,” he said.  “It was just the four of us in there and the whole
experience was amazing.”

If the load of ideas became overwhelming Mazur said they were free to escape.

“We could go the movies, go golfing or whatever it’d be, and not worry about
paying for studio time,” Mazur said.  “There was much less pressure without a
big studio clock running all the time.”

Mazur said much of the new album was recorded impromptu style, much like
the band’s 1994 album debut.

“A lot was done live off the floor in the room,” he said. “How it was recorded
comes across really well, like on ‘Naveed.’ It was made to be played live like
that in a way.”
Our Lady Peace’s live show has been an integral part of their
existence since forming 16 years ago, Mazur said.

“We base our entire being as a band as a live show,” Mazur said.  
“The new live shows feel incredible. We haven’t been to a lot of
these cities in a long time. The crowds have been amazing, making
us feel great and confident.”

Just two years after graduating from Boston’s Berklee College of
Music, Mazur was chosen to replace Our Lady Peace founding
member and guitarist Mike Turner in 2002.

“I’m very fortunate,” he said.  “I was a fan of the band before
joining, and playing live on stage as part of the band is an amazing

The group plans to release another record quickly using the same
approach as on “Burn, Burn,” but the current focus remains on the
tour, Mazur said.

“I love Columbus and love playing at Newport.  That’s one of the
oldest and best venues around,” Mazur said.  “We feel
rejuvenated as a band and better than ever. Feels like there’s a
new comradery and brotherhood now, and that was shaken up on
the last album.”

Mazur said fans can expect to hear 17 or 18 songs which will
include some hits, some non-hits and a mix of old with new.

Our Lady Peace will perform at Newport Music Hall tonight at
7 p.m. with opening bands Company of Thieves and afortiori.  
Tickets are $23 day of show.   
(Images By Dustin Rabin)
Our Lady Peace is back and rejuvenated with new album, new tour
N. SHUMATE, OUT OF THE BLUE     posted: Oct. 29, 2009
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