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I Mother Earth

Talk of Canadian rock bands may conjure up images of the Guess Who or Bachman-Turner Overdrive, but Toronto quartet I Mother Earth is a modern update combining a wide range of influences, including jazz fusion, funk, and progressive rock. Add a pinch of Canadian counterparts Rush and dashes of artists as disparate as Santana and King Crimson, Red Hot Chili Peppers and Primus, and Jane's Addiction and Smashing Pumpkins, and you're bordering on I Mother Earth's expansive collage of styles. The group formed in Toronto in 1990 with vocalist Edwin, bassist Bruce Gordon, and brothers Jagori Tanna (guitar/vocals) and Christian Tanna (drums). Signed to Capitol, I Mother Earth's agressive 1993 debut CD Dig nonetheless caused as much head-scratching as adulation. Edwin's heady lyrics hinted at progressive rock acts like Rush and Yes while his vocals were completely different; the rhythm section played crisp funk patterns like an updated James Brown, and the group's penchant for percussion neared Santana territory. Making things more complicated was guitarist Tanna, who ranged from Chili Peppers-style rhythm patterns ("Rain Will Fall") to bluesy Stevie Ray Vaughan licks ("So Gently We Go") to the Woodstock-era Latin fire of Carlos Santana ("No One"). The fact that another Toronto band with a similar name (Our Lady Peace) was starting to gain notoriety didn't help I Mother Earth's cause, either. Nonplussed, the quartet set out to go further on its sophomore effort, even if it wasn't considered commercially wise for bands (especially Canadian bands) to be this versatile. Recruiting percussionists Luis Conte and Daniel Mansilla, keyboardist Ken Pearson, and even Rush guitarist Alex Lifeson for 1996's Scenery and Fish, I Mother Earth concocted another epic of genre-defiance. Even an otherwise radio-friendly track like "One More Astronaut" was filled with stops, starts, and odd rhythmic meters, with more detours through blues ("Three Days Old"), percussion-heavy numbers (the opening "Hello Dave!"), uptempo funk ("Used to Be Alright"), acoustic pieces ("Shortcut to Monelon"), and updated metal à la King Crimson ("Pisser"). The band would release no more CDs on Capitol, but again took three years to release the successive Blue Green Orange. Distributed by Mercury throughout Canada, but harder to find in the U.S., the 1999 release expanded on I Mother Earth's already expansive musical pallette, as did an import CD of acoustic remixes and live tracks (Earth Sky and Everything in Between). ~ Bill Meredith, Rovi
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The hard to find "So gently we go" EP is as good as it gets for IME.....one of my favorite discs of all time....Let' s not forget Edwin's "Another Spin Around the Sun" which produced at least 5 hit singles. ....underrat e d band...
from Buffalo, seen IME three times, all with Edwin, Scenery Tour and saw Edwin on his own, in a bar in Buf. not the same! I'm a drummer, so I love RUSH! duh! but these guys are great! it's like Metal meets Jazz Fusion! love it!! but Dig and Scenery.... are buy far the best!!!
mobius.andre w
Wikipedia says that they were a band from 1991-2001. And get this THEY'RE A CANADIAN ALTERNATIVE BAND. if you want info on where they may be now visit: http://en.wi k i p e d i a . o r g / w i k i / I _ M o t h e r _ E a r t h
I wish Pandora would have their first album Dig... it's one of the greatest rock albums I've ever heard.
I wore out two copies of Scenery and Fish. Saw them in a little club in Dallas called the Galaxy with Edwin up front.
They were getting some local air play so I expected the place to be packed.
However, there was maybe 30 people there.
jtwagg
I don't believe they are around any more :(. Saddness, awesome band.
meganstuchel l
I.M.E. ... they do rock! kinda like "TOOL" there 1st cd OPIATE
0157:H7 rocks!
Is the cd worth the $7?
I wish I could have seen them on stage...sinc e I live in N.F.N.Y only an hour or so from Toronto...my loss...they rock!!!!!!!!
An amazing band seen them in concert with Edwin as the lead..... their album earth wind and sky I think is the best the newer stuff is ok I still miss edwin though
draeger419
Saw them in Milwaukee in '93 at TA Verns. Juggernaut opened, IME was absolutely mindblowing, saw 'em again in San Diego in '96 again at a small club. They are still in my steady rotation.
Holy crap. Just heard this group on Pandora. How come I never heard of them before. They kick a$$.
ogunonjo
its a shame these guys never really got the attention they should have...my favorite band of all time...they are incredible musicians... i live in southern U.S area and i rarely meet anyone who has heard of them...thats bad marketing on the record companies side...
lance.newhar t
Scenery and Fish came out in 1996. Dig came out in 1993 and Dig is the album shown above (with the dog in the gas mask)
Intricate layers of pure bliss!! This band is so under-rated! !
Would be prudent to mention that Edwin left I Mother Earth and replaced him with Brian Byrne in 1997. The band released Blue Green Orange with Bryne, aswell as The Quicksilver Meat Dream in 2003. This was a big departure from their earlier styles, and Universal Dropped the band in 2003.
bulletluke
Probably the best rock band to create anything in a long time... I've been a fan since DIG. These guys rock hard.

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