September 10, 2002
spotlight artist, Our Lady Peace (bandsite,
fan club, OLP
fansite) has seen a year full of triumph and change
since the release of 'Spiritual Machines' in March
of 2001. The group spent much of the year touring
North America, writing and recording tracks for 'Gravity'
– their fifth record – and experienced a quantum evolution
in their sound by adopting both a new production team
and guitarist. During the past year, Our Lady Peace
earned numerous honors, topping the nominations at
both the Juno Awards and the MuchMusic Video Awards.
After the success of 'Spiritual
Machines' OLP decided to take a new approach to recording
by enlisting the services of producer Bob Rock (Metallica)
and mixer Randy Staub (POD/Nickelback) to bring a
more simple, aggressive sound to 'Gravity.' To avoid
distraction, the band took off for the sunny, secluded
beaches of Maui and began recording at Rock's Plantation
Studios - located on a hill over an ancient native
burial ground. (Jeremy Taggart - the group's resident
"spiritual advisor” – will confirm a ghostly
otherworldly presence on the hill.)
"Leaving Toronto and holing
up in a beach house in Maui was a very important step
for us," explains Duncan. "We lived, ate,
and breathed music together away from all distractions."
Echoing that sentiment, Jeremy observed that "Bob
has a gifted set of ears and he was able to take the
best things about each of us and pull everything together."
The band members would wake up in the morning to surf
the incredible Maui beaches and use the afternoon,
evening and nighttime hours to work on 'Gravity.'
Recorded over the course of ten
weeks (the quickest of any OLP album), using the same
guitars and amps Rock used to record Metallica and
the Cult, Gravity captures the power, energy and spirit
of OLP's live shows. For those into rock trivia –
OLP also utilized some of the other vintage gear in
Rock's studio including an amp used by Pete Townsend
and the guitar Billy Duffy played in the Cult's "She
Sells Sanctuary" video.
OLP vocalist Raine Maida shared
his bandmate's feeling of creative rejuvenation. "Bob
has a great passion for music that is infectious,"
he says. "Between his constant pushing and the
addition of Steve Mazur, our new guitarist, the band
experienced a rebirth."
In the midst of the Christmas holiday
2001, longtime OLP guitarist Mike Turner and the band
amicably separated. With the recording of 'Gravity'
temporarily on hold, the band met with fellow musicians
and friends and screened thousands of video taped
submissions in order to find a replacement guitarist.
"We were overwhelmed with the response to our
search," says Duncan. "We received tapes,
videos, DVDs and CDs from as far away as Australia
and Japan. "It was inspiring to see how many
incredible musicians were out there," Raine adds.
In the end, Our Lady Peace decided
upon guitarist Steve Mazur – a Detroit, MI, native
– and invited him to Maui to help them finish the
album. After a blistering first audition with Bob
Rock, the members of Our Lady Peace knew Steve was
the perfect choice. "Steve is the guitar player
that fit like a glove," says Raine. "He
has a solid understanding of our music and shares
our appreciation for the new directions the OLP sound
is heading." In early April 2002, Our Lady Peace
formally announced the addition of the band's new
member. "I am really excited and I have always
been a fan of the band," Steve exclaims. "This
opportunity is a dream-come-true."
The magical atmosphere created by
Our Lady Peace and Bob Rock in Hawaii can be felt
in each of the songs on Gravity. ““Innocent” is one
of my favorite tracks on the record,” Raine confesses.
"I wrote this song over a year ago and I was
originally hesitant to play it for the band, but once
we got into the studio and began working with Bob
we were able to make it an Our Lady Peace song.
"Bob was so amazing at turning
ideas that we might never have thought would work
into powerful songs," Raine continues. "He
was also reluctant to give up on certain tracks. “Made
of Steel” was cut three separate times during the
sessions. It wasn't until the third attempt that we
all realized that we had captured something special.
The song “Do You Like It” was actually cut after we
had mixed most of the record in Vancouver, BC with
Randy Staub. We had gone back to Maui to finish some
small details on the last two songs to be mixed and
- lo and behold! - a new song was born and recorded."