Published on June 17th, 2019 | by Darren Paltrowitz0
Our Lady Peace’s Duncan Coutts On “The ALT-IMATE Tour” & When OLP Will Have New Music Ready
This summer Our Lady Peace is on the road supporting Bush and +LIVE+ on a massive North American tour, The ALT-IMATE Tour. Launched earlier this month at Foxwoods Resort Casino in Connecticut, the three bands are scheduled to be on the road together through mid-September.
In addition to these support dates on The ALT-IMATE Tour, Our Lady Peace — comprised of Raine Maida, Duncan Coutts, Steve Mazur and Jason Pierce — will then headline multiple tour dates in their native Canada via their signature festival Summersault, also with Bush and +LIVE+, but with the headline roles reversed; special guests Dear Rouge and Human Kebab will also appear on the bill. The Summersault Festival was first launched by Our Lady Peace in 1998 and included performances from Our Lady Peace, Moist, I Mother Earth, Sloan, Esthero and Treble Charge at Molson Park in Barrie, Ontario to over 35,000 fans. In 2000, Summersault returned with a national tour the included performances from Our Lady Peace, The Smashing Pumpkins, Foo Fighters, and A Perfect Circle.
With over five million album sold worldwide and multiple Juno and Much Music Video Awards to speak of, Our Lady Peace is one of Canada’s most successful rock bands ever. Coming to prominence in the alternative music scene in the 1990s, OLP earned several multi-platinum albums in both the United States and Canada. Known for such hits as “Clumsy,” “Somewhere Out There” and “Superman’s Dead,” the band has been a consistent player on the world stage with constant touring. In turn, Our Lady Peace has had continued success releasing albums throughout the past few decades.
I had the pleasure of speaking with Our Lady Peace bassist Duncan Coutts by phone in the midst of the ALT-IMATE Tour. A few minutes of that chat is transcribed below, while the full recorded interview with Coutts will appear on a future edition of the Paltrocast With Darren Paltrowitz podcast. In the meantime, more on Our Lady Peace can be found online by visiting www.ourladypeace.com.
On choosing a setlist for this tour:
Duncan Coutts: We’re sort of muscling in seven songs, if you will, and that’s all the time we have. It’s really hard… There are certain songs that people really expect to hear… So it’s really hard to choose.
On the tour lineup flipping around with Our Lady Peace headlining a few shows:
Duncan Coutts: That’s later that’s in September. We used to have a festival that we branded 20 years ago called Summersault and and we’re bringing that back. +LIVE+ and Bush are going to join us on that, as well as a couple of other artists from Canada, one called Dear Rouge and a DJ called Human Kebob, who’s awesome. We will be headlining those and then we will get to spread our wings a little bit, for lack of a better analogy, and play a lot of songs.
On the privilege of being able to make a career out of music:
Duncan Coutts: I wouldn’t call it “happy to be earning a living.” I don’t look at it that way. I mean, I guess you have to you in a way. But really when you’re fortunate enough that the people want to hear you and music is your life, the reason that all of us are into this is because we’re big music fans and music has played such a big part in our lives individually. To be able to continue to play, in turn, our audience is the greatest gift in the world. So whether it be as an opener or a headliner, it really doesn’t matter. Those 35 minutes on-stage or two hours on-stage are the best of my day.
On not having much out there about him beyond the music:
Duncan Coutts: That’s the beauty of living in a curated world and no one really knowing… I’m a little old-school that way. I have to say I think there should be far more of mystery in people’s lives than what plays out on Instagram or Facebook and all of that stuff. But yeah, I work with a lot of young artists and produce and co-write and and do that at home. I’m always active musically.
On new music coming soon from Our Lady Peace:
Duncan Coutts: We probably have seven-ish, maybe nine songs, that are in various states ready to go… None has really been demoed up in pure form… We’re looking for a new release next year. It’s the 25th anniversary of a record of ours that was sort of a critically-acclaimed one, Spiritual Machines… We’re looking at… releasing something new maybe with a little bent towards Spiritual Machines.