Our Lady Peace
Review by: Mo
When I arrived at House of Blues in Anaheim, California (at Downtown Disney), I grabbed a beer and found a spot to wait for OLP to hit the stage. Of course, once they did, I found myself creeping up to the front…old habit for this girl. With a 4-year gap between album #6 “Healthy in Paranoid Times” and their 7th studio album “Burn Burn“, produced by front man Raine Maida in his Los Angeles home studio, I was very excited to hear some new and LIVE OLP.
When Maida first spoke at this show in Anaheim on October 20th, he had a little story for the crowd. Apparently, on the drive down to Anaheim from Los Angeles, he fell asleep and had dreams of war in his head; when he woke up, he realized he was just hearing the nightly fireworks being fired off at Disneyland.
Diehard OLP fans sang along to virtually every song played, including several from Burn Burn. “All You Did Was Save My Life”, and “Paper Moon” were notable inclusions from OLP‘s latest record.
A head-banging girl dancing behind me during "Starseed" was very much into this hard rocking tune from OLP’s debut album Naveed; one of my personal favorite OLP tunes.
Maida’s voice is quite distinctive and has a haunting quality; a unique vocal talent that shines brightly in concert. I was extremely impressed with this band as a unit. These boys rocked the house. OLP is Raine Maida - vocals; Duncan Coutts - bass; Jeremy Taggart - drums; Steve Mazur - guitar.
Several of OLP’s recognizable hits that stood out were "Superman’s Dead", "Innocent", "Is Anybody Home" (another one of my favorites) and "Somewhere Out There".
Personally I believe that Our Lady Peace is a highly underrated band who deserve high praise and far more recognition!
“Burn Burn” is a triumphant return to what Maida terms “a proper, mature rock album,”, and I couldn't agree more! If you get a chance to catch OLP on their current tour - do it!
“Burn Burn” is in stores now and is available on iTunes US and iTunes CA.