Our Lady Peace lead singer Raine Maida has written an exclusive piece for AOL Music, detailing his journey to this album and the unlikely inspiration behind it. But that's not all. The band also taped an exclusive video to accompany the post, giving fans a glimpse of the recording of the single 'Heavyweight.' Read on and enjoy!
The Boxer and the Artist
- By Raine Maida
Over the years I have come to realize that musicians and boxers have a lot in common. There are strong emotional and physical similarities between the two. The boxer skillfully relies on rhythm and improvisation to control a fight. An artist relies on rhythm and improvisation to help guide the listener. The Boxer uses footwork, punching combinations and tempo to attack and escape his opponent. The artist uses chord progressions,melody and tempo to help the listener escape. Either in the ring or onstage, both the fighter and artist put a piece of their soul on display in a fascinating struggle of determination and acceptance. It's a struggle for affirmation that their work and life force are worthwhile. This war is an age old battle between ego and the sacred self. One designed to fight the other to heal.
It is fitting that as artists we were drawn to the story of iconic Canadian Boxer George Chuvalo. George was a heavyweight boxer most famous for never being knocked down in 93 professional fights. He took Muhammad Ali the distance in both their fights and had a storied career during what many consider heavyweight boxing's heyday. George has been kind enough to befriend the band and share some of his life experiences both inside and outside the ring with us. His story is one of tirelessness and human spirit. Heavyweight is inspired by the struggle that both the boxer and the artist endure.
George's influence on this record and Heavyweight is profound. Not only does his image grace the cover of Curve, he also provided us with some spoken pieces that we laid over the music to a song titled 'Mettle.' The boxer is alive and well within Our Lady Peace.