Christian Tanna holds down the throne for Toronto Psych-rock band, I Mother Earth. The band, formed alongside his brother Jag in 1991 has been pushing boundaries both on their eclectic jammy recorded efforts as well as their epic extended live shows…sometimes going 3 hours plus at it! The brothers’ early influences, ranging wildly from Santana, Van Halen, Jimi Hendrix, Jane’s Addiction and Van Morrisson, would continuously pop up in all of their work, even to this day.
Christian and his brother got things rolling in their parents basement as young high-schoolers and never looked back. After arriving in Toronto Ontario with not much but their instruments…the brothers began their search for players in the gritty Toronto club scene of the late 80’s and early 90’s. Settling on a strong lineup, the band began performing club shows, first selling out smaller clubs and then quickly clubs with 1200 people showing up consistently. The band was a bit of an anomaly in Toronto’s rather hot scene at the time, often employing a latin percussionist and artists painting murals while they played. Major labels took notice with a bidding war to sign IME and the band inks a worldwide deal with Capitol Records…after only 12 shows. `Dig’, IME’s first album was released in 1993 and went to gold status. Scenery and Fish the band’s follow up was released in 1996 and quickly went triple platinum, plunging the band into mainstream elite status. I Mother Earth continued pushing their boundaries and honouring their influences with boyhood guitar hero Alex Lifeson of Rush making an appearance on the song `Like A Girl’ and the latin percussion which they pushed in their early club days remaining on both Dig and Scenery and Fish (percussion great Luis Conte performed on both albums) and is a huge part of their sound to this day… Obviously a couple of Santana fans in the band.
The band was eager to get back at it after touring Scenery and Fish and decided change was needed. After letting go of their manager, label and even their singer Edwin who was replaced by Brian Byrne, their third release, Blue Green Orange was born in 1999. Fans continued to show up in droves which carried the band through to their 2003 release, The Quicksilver Meat Dream. The band toured behind TQMD where shows started to take on that epic edge they’ve become known for. At tour’s end it was time for a break…which turned into an 8 year hiatus while the guys took on other projects and family life.
The band, still close and always communicating…decided it was time. In 2012 they announced that they were getting back at it. Selling out two nights at Toronto’s 2500 capacity Sound Academy. At this time they released the single `We Got The Love’ independently which became the most requested song at rock radio that year.The band has kept at it on the live front and just released their next single, `The Devil’s Engine’. 2015 will see the band at their busiest since their last major label release and have no plans of slowing down anytime soon.