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Our Lady Peace made their first post-Woodstock US performance this past Saturday at the End Fest in Seattle but the show almost didn't go on. When the band arrived at the Kitsap County Fairgrounds they were surprised to find that the truck with all of the band's equipment had not arrived and was being held up in LA with US customs. Being that it was an hour before their showtime, former tour mates Everclear and Eve 6 -- as well as new friends Zebrahead -- helped the band out of this situation and the show went on using the other's equipment. Our Lady Peace played a crowd-rousing set that included new material from their upcoming September 21 new record Happiness Is Not A Fish That You Can Catch.
In other Our Lady Peace news, the band completed a 4-day video shoot in Toronto recently for "One Man Army" the first single from Happiness Is Not a Fish That You Can Catch. The video was directed by Mark Kohr who has also worked with Alanis Morissette and Green Day among many others. The video features such death-defying moments as lead singer Raine Maida flying in the air.
Happiness...Is Now Available!
'Happiness ...Is Not A Fish That You Can Catch' the follow-up to Our Lady Peace's 9x-platinum album, 'Clumsy' is now in Canadian stores! If you live in the U.S., you can score some 'Happiness...' of your own on Tuesday, September 28, 1999.
No matter where you live, you're bound to have heard OLP's killer first single, "One Man Army" on your local radio station. The matching video is in heavy rotation at MuchMusic and MusiquePlus and features lead singer Raine Maida flying through the air.
Watch Our Lady Peace perform "One Man Army" live when they open the MuchMusic Video Awards ceremony this Thursday, September 23, 1999 at 8:00 p.m. ET. Buzzwords promises to bring you the inside scoop!
Immediately following their live performance at the MuchMusic Video Awards, Our Lady Peace will be hitting the road for several weeks of U.S. tour dates (for details check the tour section.) Canadian fans can look forward to seeing the band on a national tour in early 2000.
OLP full of Happiness By DAVE VEITCH Calgary Sun, Sept. 19 1999
Somehow this Canadian combo has managed to outlive the grunge movement it was originally designed to piggyback, a feat that can be traced to the group's work ethic and a lingering appetite among a certain segment of record buyers for rock 'n' roll of the Sturm und Drang variety.
OLP's last album Clumsy shifted a career-high two million units, so this cumbersomely titled third album (in stores Tuesday) generally maintains the course with clamourous guitar riffing; anguished, falsetto-prone vocals; and lyrics such as "talking is just masturbating without the mess," which will be hailed as genius profundity by some and pretentious twaddle by others.
But even OLP's most ardent critics must admit the airy arrangements and deft melodic touch exhibited on the Beatlesque Annie; the New Wavy, synth-embellished Is Anybody Home?; the jazzy Stealing Babies (featuring John Coltrane drummer Elvin Jones); and the moody, OK Computer-inspired Blister, sound like the work of a band taking the necessary next step.
OLP go fishing By JANE STEVENSON Toronto Sun, Sept. 26 1999
A lot is riding on this just-released follow-up to OLP's last album, 1997's Clumsy, which led to the Toronto band's spectacular breakthrough in the U.S.
Fortunately, this group's particular brand of atmospheric, passionate rock sounds as fresh as ever on their third album, which welcomes the addition of multi-instrumentalist Jamie Edwards and 73-year-old jazz drummer Elvin Jones on the album-ending rocker Stealing Babies.
There is an overall heavily percussive element to this collection, with plenty of effects, too, like church bells and old recordings. Meanwhile, lead singer Raine Maida tones down his love-it-or-hate-it emoting vocals, although he still revs them up when necessary on such tracks as Happiness & The Fish, Potato Girl and Waited, or the slower-tempoed Blister and Is Anybody Home?
Otherwise, guitarist Mike Turner, bassist Duncan Coutts and drummer Jeremy Taggart more than hold up their end, musically speaking. Turner's striking guitar, in particular, rings out on the first single, One Man Army, Happiness & The Fish, Potato Girl and the album standout, Annie.
OLP embarks on a cross-Canada tour in early 2000.