Our Lady Peace has a major challenge surrounding its sound. According to guitarist Mike Turner, the band has technical shortcomings.
"We can conceive certain ideas but have a hard time reaching them because of our musical limitations," Turner said during a phone call from Pittsburgh, Pa. "But we do the best we can."The straightforward rock of Our Lady Peace - Turner, vocalist Raine Maida, drummer Jeremy Taggart and bassist Duncan Coutts - will fill Club DV8, 115 S. West Temple, Wednesday, March 25. Doors open at 7 p.m. Black Lab and Headswim will open the show.
Musical limitations aside, Turner said he had a rich array of musical influences while growing up. "My big sister was into the Beatles. But I got sick of them. I mean I got really bored. Then the punk movement came about in the late `70s and I was living in Britain then.
"All of a sudden there was this noise that was nobody's but the kids' own sound," Turner said about punk rock. "It was cool and musicless."
But, Turner said, if there was a band that really steered him to playing guitar, it was Queen.
"I saw Queen while I was living in Canada," Turner remembered. "I felt it was me and 19,000 of my closest friends at the concert. I was in the fourth row watching (guitarist) Brian May. He had his eyes closed and was playing and I thought to myself, `He doesn't even know we're here.'
"It was then I felt myself wanting to be a part of that world. I wanted to play guitar and lose myself."
Our Lady Peace formed in Canada in 1993. After countless local gigs, the band recorded a three-song demo. Fourteen months later, the band signed with Sony Canada and released "Naveed."
"Clumsy" is the band's most recent album. And thanks to the single "Superman's Dead," the band has garnered airplay on radio stations and MTV.
"It's something else when you play for an audience who knows who you are," Turner said. "People are finally coming to see us. And that's rewarding. But we know the band can't stay content. We know the music must never stop. And we'll keep on going as long as we can."