By Sharon Steele
90’s Canadian rock groups I Mother Earth and Finger Eleven stopped in Vancouver, Canada last week to play the illustrious Commodore Ballroom on a 16 date cross Canada tour. This duo bill also included the bands performing an acoustic performance for a special VIP audience ahead of the regular sets.
Finger 11, hailing from Burlington, Ontario has earned a devoted following since coming onto the music scene in the late 90’s and are known for such hits as “One thing” and “Paralyzer”.
With a set-list of 10 songs, guitarist James Black came out alone at the beginning and started off the evening showcasing his virtuosity with the guitar. He was shortly joined by lead vocalist Scott Anderson, the “hair-whipping guitar craziness" of Rick Jacket, Sean Anderson on bass and Steve Moilella on drums.
Those in attendance were expecting to hear their favourites and each band did not disappoint. It seemed as though for this evening, the Vancouver crowd was there mostly for Finger 11.
I Mother Earth started their set at 10:40 pm, which many seemed to feel was a little too long of a delay between sets. This seemed to degrade the momentum of the evening, as the audience had to wait almost 40 minutes between bands.
With low key orange lighting, the band started with “Not quite sonic” and it was clearly guitarist Jagori Tanna who led the antics for the band and truly showcased his prowess on guitar with a unique, refined playing style that seems to highlight the bands set. Lead singer Edwin provided little banter throughout, relying on the songs to move the night along. Judging by the engaged crowd surfing, the audience seemed to get what they were expecting.
The rest of the set consisted of most of the material from “Scenery and Fish”, with a few songs from the first studio record “Pig” showcasing their polyrhythmic progressive stylings.
Lead Singer Edwin’s powerful voice sounded perfect, with the team playing hits from their catalogue such as “One more astronaut”, and “Rain will Fall”.
I am not sure if it was the wait for the IME to come on stage, but it did not come across as a truly memorable performance.