Canadian rock band Our Lady Peace thrives on being artistic and creating new music like its recent EP Somethingness Vol. 1.
But that doesn’t mean the band is tired of playing hits like “Innocent,” “Superman’s Dead” and “Starseed.”
“We definitely always want to play the songs that got us to where we’re at,” says Michigan-raised lead guitarist Steve Mazur. “We play as much new stuff as possible at shows, but we have a good palette of the old ones as well.”
Our Lady Peace—who flies to Arizona from a tour date in Boston to play the State Fair on Wednesday, October 25—will also include new songs at the show.
Our Lady Peace stretched its boundaries on Somethingness Vol.1, its first new music in five years. Raine Maida’s falsetto vocals remain, but Mazur, bassist Duncan Coutts and drummer Jason Pierce explore new territory.
“We try to do something new and something that sounds fresh and exciting to us,” he says. “We want to feel excited ourselves. We don’t want to repeat what we’ve done before. Some would say maybe that’s not wise. If it sounds that way, one of us will say we’re not on the right track.”
The songs were written during the last five years, with “Nice to Meet You” one of the last songs to be penned. The single, “Drop Me in the Water,” was revised in a recording studio owned by Jackson Browne.
“It sounded so good in there,” says Mazur, calling from a Hollywood studio where his band was working on Somethingness Vol. 2.
“Then we started jamming on it. That was the impetus for the chaotic part. It has been fun.”
Our Lady Peace will continue to be creative.
“Our job is pretty awesome,” Mazur says. “It’s not a threat for us to go out and play the old tunes. I don’t know what it feels to be sick of certain songs. At least I don’t feel that way about any of ours.”
Our Lady Peace, Arizona State Fair, Veterans Coliseum, 1826 W. McDowell Road, Phoenix, 602.252.6771, azstatefair.com, 7 p.m. Wednesday, October 25, $40-$60, includes reserved seat and fair admission, free with fair admission for general admission seating.