Our Lady Peace's Steve Mazur: "The guitar compels people because of its physical nature. It's the closest instrument to the human voice"

Scott Mazur
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On Friday (January 28), Toronto, Ontario-born alt-rockers Our Lady Peace released Spiritual Machines II, the follow-up to the group’s 2000 release, Spiritual Machines. Produced by TV on the Radio’s Dave Sitek, the album is bright and sharp. Like its predecessor, the record also features “predictions” from inventor Ray Kurzweil, who muses on the concept of technology and its impact on humanity’s future. 

Releasing a follow-up album some 22 years after the original takes guts. But Our Lady Peace, which began formally in 1992, passes any test with funky aplomb. And while Spiritual Machines offered 147 predictions to its listener (86 percent of which came true, the band says), the new album offers both thoughtful ideas and music to get your heels shimmying. 

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