Saturday, August 5, 2017

I Mother Earth Live in Edmonton July 28th 2017

Can't believe it's already been a week since Janis and I saw the I Mother Earth concert at Sir Winston Churchill Square as part of the Taste Of Edmonton Festival. Where the hell did June and July go?

I was surprised to see the music line up for the Taste Of Edmonton Fest, they had some decent acts play there over the nine day festival. Bands like Hawksley Workman, Bif Naked, Wet Secrets and many others. Each night was sponsored by a local radio station, so depending on what station was hosting that night, you got that genre of music. We only made it down to the Fest for the one day, as I really wanted to see I Mother Earth again, the last time I had seen them was in 1996. This was my fourth time seeing this wicked Canadian alternative band play. They had their hey day in the mid 90's and it's only been in the past year or so that saw the original vocalist Edwin rejoin the band.

I've always been a fan of I Mother Earth, especially their first two albums Dig and Scenery and Fish. The song writing tandem of Christian Tanna (drums) and Jagori Tanna (guitar) were second to none for alternative music in the 90's. For this show it was the original band minus the bass player, they have a new bassist now by the name of Chuck Dailey.

Opening the show with "Not Quite Sonic" from their first album Dig, wicked guitar playing and the funky bass that grabs your attention and has you swaying, shuffling and raising your fist in the air, not to mention singing along. After that it was into "Like A Girl" from the Scenery and Fish album. I was surprised by how much not only myself but the whole crowd remembered the words and were singing along. There was a great turn out for this show too, mind you it was a Friday night, the weather was awesome and it was free. Their hour and a half long set was all songs from their first two albums. The band sounded great, tight as I remember them being, psychedelic at times, funky and all out fucking rock n' roll. I thought lead singer Edwin's vocals were a touch weak, but not too bad considering it's been a while since anyone has heard his name in the music scene in years. I thought this was a great show and brought back some fun memories of tripping out to their music years ago. Good times!!!

I Mother Earth at Taste of Edmonton.

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