Ever since Newfoundlander Brian Byrne landed the coveted lead singer spot for 90’s rockers I Mother Earth (IME), he has travelled the world and recorded two successful records with the band. But with IME on indefinite hiatus, Byrne is out to forge a solo career. We caught up with him to talk about music and life on the road.
What did you learn from your experience with I Mother Earth, on the road and in the studio?
I feel as though I have lived through a whole life full of lessons in the past seven years. My time with I Mother Earth was fantastic, dramatic and incredibly fulfilling at times. I don’t think I would ever change the way things unfolded. It has helped make me the person that I am today. I learned that the road is a dangerous balancing act that must be approached carefully. Two hours too late one night and you’ve got a shitty show on your hands. The studio really helped develop my skills as a singer and it disciplined me as a musician and stripped me of any ego that could have existed.
Any names for the as yet untitled debut record?
Tuesdays, Thursdays and If it Rains.
Moving to an acoustic rock sound was a gutsy move. How have fans reacted?
I don’t think of it as gutsy, just something I had to do. I don’t know if I have a lot of IME fans, but there has certainly been a great reaction from new fans. I just want people to identify with what I’m doing — that will make me happy.
Describe your experience making this album, the joys, the struggles, and the result.
It was an incredibly gratifying experience. The only true struggle in making the record was the uncertainty of what might happen with it. The result is something that I’m very proud of. I stand behind it and look forward to playing it live for people.