While he was studying at the University of Toronto, Mike Maida saw a personal ad in Now Magazine, placed by Mike Turner, which resulted in an iron-clad friendship and in Maida (who later changed his name to Raine) joining Turner's band, As If! When As If went its separate ways, the two friends chose to continue making music and formed Our Lady Peace, based on a line in a 1943 poem by Mark Van Doren with bassist Chris Eacrett and guest drummers such as Jim Newell. After recording a demo at Toronto's Anyard Studios, which led to them being signed to Relativity Records, on which they released their debut album, Naveed, in 1994, with the full Our Lady Peace line-up, featuring Jeremy Taggart on drums. With an album on the shelves, they boosted their profile by touring with fellow Canadian Alanis Morissette and their following began to grow. Amidst further line-up changes (Chris Eacrett was replaced with Duncan Coutts), Our Lady Peace released Clumsy in 1997 and then Happiness Is Not a Fish That You Can Catch in 1999. In 2000, Our Lady Peace joined bands such as Goo Goo Dolls, No Doubt, Stone Temple Pilots and Third Eye Blind in Simulbash - an interactive Canada Day bash simulcasted five bands in five cities in one night. Healthy in Paranoid Times, the band's seventh album, was released in late August 2005.
Coming into the scene as grunge was in mid-explosion, it's clear that the Seattle scene certainly influenced the Our Lady Peace sound, but their interpretation contained its own innovations to the genre. Where grunge went melodic, mostly, OLP took a more dissonant approach focused on guitar work that certainly is a required taste, but one very much worth adding to your palette. In addition to their unique sound, Our Lady Peace puts consistent effort into making each album its own entity, with a clear focus that stands out from their other work. OLP's live presence catapults them to another level -- watching Raine Maida shine in a live atmosphere making it a must see experience!