“Spiritual Machines had 147 predictions. 86% were correct.”
When Our Lady Peace released Spiritual Machines in 2000, they had become one of Canada’s most successful alt-rock bands. They were about to get even bigger with their next album, the Bob Rock-produced, megahit-spawning Gravity that would make OLP a global force.
Caught in-between those two eras, Spiritual Machines was the surreal left-turn. A concept record named after a book by Futurist Ray Kurzweil (whose voice appears throughout the album), Spiritual Machines found OLP subverting the working rock formula that worked so well for them, writing anthemic guitar hooks next to literal predictive modelings addressing a future dependent on AI and the legal rights of computers. Not your typical mainstream rock record. It sold modestly, but it quickly became a critic and fan favorite, and is now considered one of Canada’s most influential alt-rock records.
Twenty years later, Spiritual Machines’s predictions have mostly come true.
86%, to be exact. Now, new predictions must be made for the future — and with groundbreaking advances in technology, there’s reason to celebrate. OLP responds to this hope with Spiritual Machines 2, the band’s long-awaited sequel LP. Produced by TV on the Radio’s Dave Sitek (with additional production by Jason Lader on three tracks) and featuring the return of Kurzweil with new predictions, Spiritual Machines 2’s technicolor grooves mark an uplifting new chapter for OLP, as well as a chance to readjust the expectations for our shared future.