Our Lady Peace return with their eighth studio album, curve. Curve is the follow-up to 2009s Burn Burn, and the second done independently. It was recorded in Toronto and at founder Raine Maidas L.A. home studio with co-producer Jason Lader, a friend who became a collaborator, whose impressive resume includes production work on Jay-Zs 99 Problems, along with Mars Volta, Julian Casablancas, Rilo Kiley, Elvis Costello and Noah & the Whale.
The forceful, experimental tone that resulted illuminates the image of the band as battlers, fighting to maintain their standing as a world-class alt-rock group which has steadily built an international following since their 1994 debut album, Naveed. The album exudes that bravado, whether it s the chest-thumping first single, Heavyweight or the anthemic rockabilly feel of As Fast As You Can.
Like Barton Fink, this is our boxing album, nods Raine, pointing out he was inspired by everything from David Bowie to TV on The Radio in the studio. It s like a rite of passage. We made a conscious decision not to take the easy path. It s all about authenticity, proving we re still relevant. This is our journey now, the most realized version of the band. Curve is the record we ve been trying to make for the past 10 years.