Our Lady Peace's Maida In Poetic Mood On Solo Debut

Something different and exciting is how Our Lady Peace singer/songwriter Raine Maida describes his upcoming solo debut, which is in the spoken-word vein.

Something different and exciting is how Our Lady Peace singer/songwriter Raine Maida describes his upcoming solo debut, which is in the spoken-word vein.

"I'm looking to get to a slightly different audience as well, like broaden from the Our Lady Peace thing," Maida tells Billboard.com. "I think it's for people who would dig Sage Francis or Saul Williams or any of those cats that are at the cusp of something close to greatness for me. The word and the message is at the forefront and I don't want to say it outdoes the music, but you shouldn't just be humming along not knowing what I'm saying."

Maida already released the EP "Love Hope Hero," which includes "Sex Love and Honey" and "Careful What You Wish For," on iTunes. He plans on releasing his currently untitled full-length debut in the spring on his own King Noise label.

With a full-scale club tour planned for the summer, the 36-year-old Toronto native recently tested the solo waters with a 10-date Canadian jaunt.

"So far the reaction has been good," Maida says. "I haven't had any, 'I wanna kill you' comments. It's just another challenge. For me, the poetry thing and going back to the beat poets, that's really what's exciting me. I watch old episodes of 'Def Poetry Jam' and that gives me the same emotional feelings as I used to get from music a while ago but for some reason I haven't."

As for Our Lady Peace, which recently released the compilation "A Decade," Maida stresses the band is just taking a hiatus, with tentative plans to reconvene later this year to begin writing the follow-up to its 2005 album "Healthy in Paranoid Times."

Maida said fans looking for a sneak peak into a potential new musical direction should look to the previously unreleased "A Decade" track "Better Than Here."

"It's totally raw, live off the floor," Maida says. "There's an energy and mood in that song. There's something about having everyone playing in the same room and recording live and mics bleeding into each other that's really romantic for us."