Professional Sound - April 2018 - Page 30

Collaborating on a Co-Headliner Across Canada with Our Lady Peace Matthew Good BY ANDREW KING & PHOTOS BY MYSTERY MAN PHOTOGRAPHY OUR LADY PEACE The 1990s saw a significant surge in the popularity of Canadian rock music at home and abroad, with both Our Lady Peace and Matthew Good being hallmark members of that once-crowded cohort. Both artists’ best-selling albums were released in the second half of the decade (with Our Lady Peace’s classic Clumsy being one of the few Canadian albums to receive the CRIA’s Diamond certifica- tion), and their respective success sprouted long and relatively prolific careers. In the first quarter of 2018, the two bands teamed up for a cross-Canada tour that took them to 17 cities for 20 performances, with venues ranging from clubs to theatres to arenas. To call this a nostalgia tour, though, would be ignorant; after all, both artists have released some quality music of late, with Good’s 2017 effort Something Like a Storm and Our Lady Peace’s Somethingness from earlier this year being admirable additions to the back catalogues. 30 PROFESSIONAL PROFESSIONAL SOUND SOUND Outside of the similar nomenclature of their newest releases, though, these two acts share a lot in common. For example, Good and Our Lady Peace’s Raine Maida arguably have two of the most recognizable voices in Canadian music. They also have albums and singles that have appeared on numerous “top-something” lists from a myriad of Canadian media outlets. And then, as evidenced by the success of their recently- wrapped co-headlining run, there’s the fact that there are hoards of fans across the country who are plenty hungry for Our Lady Peace and Matthew Good’s unique brands of anthemic rock. OUT FRONT The audio rig for the tour was supplied by VER Toronto, with both camps offering input on how it should come together. Ultimately, the tour’s loudspeaker solution was built on Meyer Sound’s Lyon and Leopard line array series.