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Our Lady Peace
"The theme for this record so far is about change." - Raine Maida
The seeds of inspiration for Our Lady Peace's 8th album, Curve, were planted during 2010's "An Evening With..." Clumsy/Spiritual Machines full-album performance tour. Re-exploring the older albums, especially Spiritual Machines, the band discovered just how complex, challenging, and unusual their music could be. They entered the studio and set out to make a new album that would capture this side of the band.
Writing and recording continued off and on through the year. Eventually, Raine played four tracks for a friend, producer Jason Lader. Jason criticized the songs, saying that while they had some interesting moments, they sounded like the band was retreading the same ground they had covered in the past, and not challenging themselves. Jason suggested that the band take a different path: create an album full of the type of music that they would listen to and get excited about, unfiltered and without worrying about writing something that fits their expectations for what a new OLP song should sound like. All but one of the original songs were scrapped, and in early 2011 the band returned to the studio with Jason joining as co-producer.
"The concept in the recording and writing of this record: to be more creative, to be less concerned about how this record is going to be heard, and where it's going to be heard, and whether radio will like this record. We're really just setting out to make a record that we want to listen to." - Duncan Coutts
Throughout the recording process the band hosted webcasts, posted clips to youtube, and provided frequent status updates through twitter. Over the summer, the band left the studio to play a few Canadian festivals and included one new song, "The Wolf" (later reworked and retitled "Fire in the Hen House"), in their sets at most (if not all) of the shows.
The song "Heavyweight" was released as the first single, via iTunes on December 20th, 2011. The music video debuted online on March 20th, 2012.