Our Lady Peace
March 19, 2001
The foursome known as Our Lady Peace met in Canada, while studying
at the University of Toronto. Vocalist, Raine Madia was a former
criminology student, who grew up during the punk explosion in England.
He met guitarist Mike Turner in Toronto, and the band was born.
Later they recruited Chris Eacrett and jazz drummer Jeremy Taggart,
and began playing the local area. The band's unusual and eclectic
nature is a combination of their varied experiences and their musical
influences. After producing their first hit, "Starseed,"
in 1995, the band took off. Touring with Alanis Morrisette, and
having a spot on the Armageddon Soundtrack, was just the beginning
for the band, whose name came from a poem written in 1946, about
the Civil War. Our Lady Peace has just released their latest album,
'Spiritual Machines' in 2001. Dropping by twec.com, Our Lady Peace
found time to discuss everything from their favorite songs, to performing
live in a blizzard!
twec.com: twec.com would like to welcome Mike Turner of Our Lady
Peace to the chat tonight, Mike is there anything you'd like to
say to your fans online before we get started?
OUR LADY PEACE Mike Turner: Hello! Greetings!
clumsygirl: Congratulations on the new album. What do you think
of Spiritual Machines? Are you happy with it?
OUR LADY PEACE Mike Turner: Yeah absolutely! We don't release
it until we're happy with it!
clumsygirl: Do you think you guys will add more dates to your US
tour- Wisconsin maybe?
OUR LADY PEACE Mike Turner: There definitely will be more
US dates; Wisconsin is great to us, and we really enjoy hanging
out there and checking out all of the Frank Lloyd Wright Architecture.
dortydorty: Whats your favorite song from the new album?
OUR LADY PEACE Mike Turner: What does best song
mean? The one with the most sales? I have no stomach for that- let
the music be judged on what it is. We put our heart and soul into
every song on every album we record. But personally, right now,
I'm liking Are You Sad. Matt Cameron, from Pearl Jam recorded it-
it just feels very honest. Theres an honest and emotional
message to that song.
mrrph: Do you see Spiritual Machines as a growth past
your previous three albums? Or is it seen as a blending of the three?
OUR LADY PEACE Mike Turner: Both. You can only learn by assimilating
what you've done in the past. We became more comfortable in our
skin on this new record- that was our growth.
alterna_girl: You guys definitely inspire me in my paintings and
art, I was wondering do any of you do any artistic expression besides
OUR LADY PEACE Mike Turner: I dont think any of us
have another outlet that we're as comfortable with. Theres
always poetry and writing and we're all fans of the visual arts.
I don't like to draw the line between the arts- if someone inspires
me, then I like it. My guitar has an original piece of art on it.
AutoLife: What is your interpretation of Our Lady Peace,
the poem which inspired your name?
OUR LADY PEACE Mike Turner: The beauty of the poem is that
it can be interpreted in many ways, initially we had no idea that
it was written about the Civil War. Just like our songs, you can
bring your own experience to everything. Thats why I hate
videos, it nails it down and it may not be what you think it is.
The nature of art is that art speaks universally.
OUR LADY PEACE Mike Turner: Just cause we're the ones that
made it doesn't mean we should be telling you what the song means
to you. We just want you to have your own interpretations, because
that is really the beauty of music. Songs can make you feel so many
SpiritualChaos02: I just bought the book "The Age of Spiritual
Machines." Has the book influenced more than just your album?
And do you have different thoughts about the future now?
OUR LADY PEACE Mike Turner: I remain an unapologetic optimist.
The future projected in that book- I find absolutely inspiring.
I think we will continue to move forward, a great message from the
book, the author also believes in the good that will happen. You
gotta think that this person is making predictions on future things
that he is convinced will happen, he's talking about a quintessential
shift in what humanity is.
waited: I'm wondering, what bands did you grow up listening to?
OUR LADY PEACE Mike Turner: The first record I ever bought
was Queen. My guitar was built after Brian Mays guitar. Then
punk music happened, and it made me excited about music. The Sex
Pistols, The Cocteau Twins, they all inspired me. Anywhere I can
hear the heart in the music- thats what I'm in to. Jeff Buckley's
album Grace is timeless, theres so much emotion in it. It
just kills me.
bigneoncrossingnikki: What CD is in your CD player right now?
OUR LADY PEACE Mike Turner: Theres a DVD of Jeff Buckley
live. The thing that strikes me about him, is that when you see
him playing, he's going back to where he was when he wrote them.
It's so inspiring- nobody does that anymore. Right now? I'm not
sure. In my CD player I have "God Speed You Black Emperor",
thats the name of the band. Lift Your Skinny Arms Like An
Antenna to Heaven is the title of the album.
OUR LADY PEACE Mike Turner: If I get a CD, and only 2 songs
are good, it really makes me mad. For me a lot of the time it's
the deeper tracks that really get me to like an album.
InRepair: What are the lyrics to "Waited", when it sounds
like "I must have been bored..." then I can't make out
the rest? I love that song- it has great lyrics.
OUR LADY PEACE Mike Turner: Its one of my favorites
too. We have a trust relationship that we don't give those things
away- what it means to you it means to you. But the lyrics might
be on the sleeve. I'll never tell.
Annie: Greetings OLP from Canada! What did you think about Snowjob?
Why did you agree to do it?
OUR LADY PEACE Mike Turner: Apparently we were out of our
minds. Snowjob is Canadas music show, we played on a mountain.
It was freezing, I couldn't feel my hands, it started coming down
like a blizzard. But, it was cool. I snowboarded out of there- it
was a very rock-n-roll way to leave a show.
ClumsyRaineOLP: What is the story behind "Stealing Babies"?
OUR LADY PEACE Mike Turner: The song was inspired by a PBS
documentary about a little girl named Eve that was diagnosed with
AIDS when she was 6 years old. She went around the world and visited
other kids with AIDS. Raine was so inspired. John Coltranes
drummer, Elvin Jones, he played on Love Supreme. He played on our
album on "Stealing Babies," quite an honor!
ilovejeremytaggart: I love Our Lady Peace so much. I saw you guys
in Buffalo five days ago and it was the best day of my life! (I
was the one crying in the third row) I just wondered how Duncan
is, and I was curious about the whole "7" thing with Jeremy.
OUR LADY PEACE Mike Turner: Duncan is fine, he's recovering
well, and he should be back in May. The 7 thing is a
baseball thing, one of his favorite players was number 7.
bigneoncrossingnikki: When can we expect your next album? Is there
even going to be another album?
OUR LADY PEACE Mike Turner: We dont know, I mean we
hope so! We hope that we're inspired enough to make music, I think
you might hear a lot of new music from us. We're learning to let
the music stand on it's own merits. We'll probably tour this one
hard for a year, and we'll make music on the road.
twec.com: twec.com would like to thank OUR LADY PEACE for joining
us tonight, is there anything you want to let your fans know before
you go tonight?
OUR LADY PEACE Mike Turner: At the core of our records are
strong melodies and well delivered, but there are other things we
do, there is just so much music to be made! We will be where they
are and we will go play for them, the new record is a record that
needs to be played live a lot!