I Mother Earth's 2012 reunion found Brian Byrne handling frontman duties, but the Canadian alt-rock group have announced they're once again working with original vocalist Edwin to celebrate the 20th anniversary of their 1996 sophomore release, Scenery and Fish. So far, a Toronto show has been confirmed, with a series of national dates expected to be revealed soon.
The news came from the band in a press release, which explains that Edwin (a.k.a. Edwin Ghazal) will hop onstage with the rest of the group on June 3 at Toronto's Phoenix Concert Theatre to play the entirety of Scenery and Fish. This will be the first time the singer has performed live with the band in close to 20 years. According to the group, the reunion spiralled off of talks to celebrate the album with a documentary.
"I initially reached out to Edwin just to see if he had any interest in being involved in a 'Making of...' documentary. Well, the concept grew and here we are," guitarist Jag Tanna said in a statement. "This is really special for us. We haven't performed together in 18 years, so this will be fun for the fans that have supported us since the beginning."
While the show in Toronto is the only performance officially on-the-books at present, I Mother Earth have said that 2016 will find them playing festivals and booking "Evening with…"-style shows with Edwin behind the mic. It's added that the year should also include "special releases," but it's unclear if that means fans will be getting an anniversary package behind Scenery and Fish.
For now, tickets for the Toronto show will go on sale on March 8.
Scenery and Fish was issued through EMI/Capitol in 1996 and featured MuchMusic and CanCon radio staples "One More Astronaut" and "Raspberry," which presented a slightly poppier side of the band than the funk-metal presented on 1993's debut disc, Dig. Edwin would leave the band in 1997 to start a solo career.
As for replacement vocalist Brian Byrne, who took over for Edwin in the late '90s, I Mother Earth said that he's "pursuing other projects," including a radio gig at Halifax's Live 105 FM — not to mention trying out to be Stone Temple Pilots new vocalist.