Press Release

Our Lady Peace Releases 20th Anniversary Remastered Edition Of Double-Platinum Certified Album Spiritual Machines


Our Lady Peace Spiritual Machines cover

(Toronto, ON – November 3, 2020) – Four-time JUNO award winning group, Our Lady Peace, celebrates the 20th anniversary of their double-platinum album Spiritual Machines. To commemorate this alt-rock masterpiece, the group releases a remastered edition of the cult-favourite on Friday November 6th via Sony Music Entertainment Canada, and available on all streaming platforms. Additionally, selections from the Our Lady Peace Live DVD will be released on YouTube in high definition starting November 8th. Recorded in 2003, the concert features performances of “Life”, “Right Behind You (Mafia)”, “Are You Sad” and “In Repair”.

Originally released in December 2000, Spiritual Machines features many fan-favourite singles, including “In Repair”, “Life” and “Right Behind You (Mafia)”. These singles went on to become major Canadian rock radio hits, helping the album sell more than 200,000 copies in Canada alone. The animated video for “In Repair” won Best Video, Best Post-Production and Best Director at the 2001 Much Music Video Awards.As the band’s fourth studio release, Spiritual Machines is a conceptual interpretation of non-fiction book written by futurist/inventor Raymond Kurzweil, The Age of Spiritual Machines. Kurzweil is featured throughout the album in spoken word vignettes in which he prophesizes the impact of artificial intelligence on the future of humankind.

“Spiritual Machines, our first attempt at a concept record, will always remain for me, a balance between, futuristic science and the heart of the human condition, says bassist Duncan Coutts. “We were extremely fortunate to get the opportunity to work with Ray Kurzweil, whose book, The Age Of Spiritual Machines, had us fascinated by the possibility of what the future could look like; but at the end of the the day, I think the album is comprised of more heart than science. Lyrically, songs like Life, In Repair and Are You Sad still hit me on an emotional level”.

While reminiscing about the inspiration behind the album, lead vocalist Raine Maida affirms, “Twenty years ago, Ray Kurzweil helped inspire Spiritual Machines. His futurist predictions reflected in the music and his recordings for the album, were 87% accurate. I still feel so honoured to have been a part of such a unique recording.”

In August 2020, Our Lady Peace announced a direct sequel, titled Spiritual Machines II, was in the works and planned for release in 2021.

The 2000 edition of Spiritual Machines is also available on LP via the Our Lady Peace merch store.

Spiritual Machines Remastered Tracklisting

1.     R.K. Intro

2.     Right Behind You (Mafia)

3.     R.K. 2029

4.     In Repair

5.     Life

6.     Middle of Yesterday

7.     Are You Sad

8.     R.K. 2029 (Part 2)

9.     Made to Heal

10.  R.K. 1949-97

11.  Everyone’s A Junkie

12.  R.K. on Death

13.  All My Friends

14.  If You Believe

15.  The Wonderful Future

16.  R.K. and Molly

About Our Lady Peace:

 When Mark Van Doren, the American poet and teacher, wrote his famous work, “Our Lady Peace” in 1943, he couldn’t have imagined the concept of rock’n’roll, let alone that a Canadian rock group would adopt his title for their name. Consisting of Raine Maida, Duncan Coutts, Steve Mazur and Jason Pierce. Our Lady Peace is one of the most successful bands in Canada today. The band has sold over 5 million albums worldwide, won four JUNO Awards and ten Much Music Video Awards – one of the most MMVA’s ever awarded to any artist or group.