December 31, 2017

The Ex 2017: I Mother Earth - Concert Pictures

I Mother Earth at The CNE Bandshell at The Canadian National Exhibition - The Ex on August 25, 2017 Photo by John at One In Ten Words oneintenwords.com toronto indie alternative live music blog concert photography pictures photos
I Mother Earth at The CNE Bandshell at The Canadian National Exhibition - The Ex on August 25, 2017 Photo by John at One In Ten Words oneintenwords.com toronto indie alternative live music blog concert photography pictures photos
I Mother Earth at The CNE Bandshell at The Canadian National Exhibition - The Ex on August 25, 2017 Photo by John at One In Ten Words oneintenwords.com toronto indie alternative live music blog concert photography pictures photos
I Mother Earth at The CNE Bandshell at The Canadian National Exhibition - The Ex on August 25, 2017 Photo by John at One In Ten Words oneintenwords.com toronto indie alternative live music blog concert photography pictures photos
I Mother Earth at The CNE Bandshell at The Canadian National Exhibition - The Ex on August 25, 2017 Photo by John at One In Ten Words oneintenwords.com toronto indie alternative live music blog concert photography pictures photos
I Mother Earth at The CNE Bandshell at The Canadian National Exhibition - The Ex on August 25, 2017 Photo by John at One In Ten Words oneintenwords.com toronto indie alternative live music blog concert photography pictures photos
I Mother Earth at The CNE Bandshell at The Canadian National Exhibition - The Ex on August 25, 2017 Photo by John at One In Ten Words oneintenwords.com toronto indie alternative live music blog concert photography pictures photos
I Mother Earth at The CNE Bandshell at The Canadian National Exhibition - The Ex on August 25, 2017 Photo by John at One In Ten Words oneintenwords.com toronto indie alternative live music blog concert photography pictures photos
I Mother Earth at The CNE Bandshell at The Canadian National Exhibition - The Ex on August 25, 2017 Photo by John at One In Ten Words oneintenwords.com toronto indie alternative live music blog concert photography pictures photos
I Mother Earth at The CNE Bandshell at The Canadian National Exhibition - The Ex on August 25, 2017 Photo by John at One In Ten Words oneintenwords.com toronto indie alternative live music blog concert photography pictures photos
I Mother Earth at The CNE Bandshell at The Canadian National Exhibition - The Ex on August 25, 2017 Photo by John at One In Ten Words oneintenwords.com toronto indie alternative live music blog concert photography pictures photos
I Mother Earth at The CNE Bandshell at The Canadian National Exhibition - The Ex on August 25, 2017 Photo by John at One In Ten Words oneintenwords.com toronto indie alternative live music blog concert photography pictures photos
I Mother Earth at The CNE Bandshell at The Canadian National Exhibition - The Ex on August 25, 2017 Photo by John at One In Ten Words oneintenwords.com toronto indie alternative live music blog concert photography pictures photos
I Mother Earth at The CNE Bandshell at The Canadian National Exhibition - The Ex on August 25, 2017 Photo by John at One In Ten Words oneintenwords.com toronto indie alternative live music blog concert photography pictures photos
I Mother Earth at The CNE Bandshell at The Canadian National Exhibition - The Ex on August 25, 2017 Photo by John at One In Ten Words oneintenwords.com toronto indie alternative live music blog concert photography pictures photos
I Mother Earth at The CNE Bandshell at The Canadian National Exhibition - The Ex on August 25, 2017 Photo by John at One In Ten Words oneintenwords.com toronto indie alternative live music blog concert photography pictures photos
I Mother Earth at The CNE Bandshell at The Canadian National Exhibition - The Ex on August 25, 2017 Photo by John at One In Ten Words oneintenwords.com toronto indie alternative live music blog concert photography pictures photos
I Mother Earth at The CNE Bandshell at The Canadian National Exhibition - The Ex on August 25, 2017 Photo by John at One In Ten Words oneintenwords.com toronto indie alternative live music blog concert photography pictures photos
I Mother Earth at The CNE Bandshell at The Canadian National Exhibition - The Ex on August 25, 2017 Photo by John at One In Ten Words oneintenwords.com toronto indie alternative live music blog concert photography pictures photos
I Mother Earth at The CNE Bandshell at The Canadian National Exhibition - The Ex on August 25, 2017 Photo by John at One In Ten Words oneintenwords.com toronto indie alternative live music blog concert photography pictures photos
I Mother Earth at The CNE Bandshell at The Canadian National Exhibition - The Ex on August 25, 2017 Photo by John at One In Ten Words oneintenwords.com toronto indie alternative live music blog concert photography pictures photos
I Mother Earth at The CNE Bandshell at The Canadian National Exhibition - The Ex on August 25, 2017 Photo by John at One In Ten Words oneintenwords.com toronto indie alternative live music blog concert photography pictures photos
I Mother Earth at The CNE Bandshell at The Canadian National Exhibition - The Ex on August 25, 2017 Photo by John at One In Ten Words oneintenwords.com toronto indie alternative live music blog concert photography pictures photos
I Mother Earth are easily one of my favourite bands. The Canadian hard rockers produced some of my favourite tunes when they released Dig and I used to rock out to tunes like "Rain Will Fall" at The Phoenix on Saturday nights. Their next album Scenery and Fish would become a desert island classic for me. I love every inch of the innovative and alternative rock they produced. Music that's sprinkled with interludes that never veered into prog-rock pomposity and that's energized by latin percussion, not to mention the band's massive musicianship. As I described it in my post on the album's twentieth, "The guitar playing is unique and addictive, Edwin's vocals are unparalleled and the rhythm section propels the band forward as though rocket powered while keeping the groove intact."

Since they've gotten back with original singer Edwin, I've seen them twice. First at the anniversary show for Scenery and Fish at The Phoenix (click through for those photos), and then this past summer at The Ex. Both times they were incredible and I'd see them anytime, pretty much anywhere.

Their set was wall-to-wall highlights and favourite tunes and it's a wonder I got any photos as I rocked out and sang along in the photo pit. The interlude in "Another Sunday" featured amazingly intricate and groovy percussion, incendiary guitar work, and soaring vocals. IME produce such a unique sound; bringing rock musicianship up several levels. "Earth, Sky and C" featured a natural highlight with a monarch butterfly landing on the bass and hanging out for a good while.

They finished up the main set with perhaps the first IME song I ever heard, "Rain Will Fall", followed by an encore of "Levitate". The only thing we could have wished for was more.

Here are my favourite tunes from the band's amazing set. Ok, so it's their entire set. I love this band!

"Not Quite Sonic"

"Like A Girl"

"Used to be Alright"

"Pisser"

"No One"

"Raspberry"

"Another Sunday"

"Earth, Sky and C"

"One More Astronaut"

"Rain Will Fall"

Encore tune "Levitate"

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