I.AN.EYE

I.AN.EYE

BandFolkReggae

I.AN.EYE is a folk rock reggae band that creates honest music that is as meaningful as it is catchy. Combining smooth vocals, harmony and infectious grooves, I.AN.EYE's energetic and emotionally charged performances are guaranteed to get audiences of all ages moving and coming back for more.

Biography

Chris Assaad and Andrew Hanna were born connected by family bonds and were always together. They played and travelled and grew like brothers. It was twenty-two years later that these Toronto, Canada-born cousins discovered their musical connection and creative chemistry. In 2002 a simple, earnest musical duo called I.An.Eye emerged onto the eclectic Toronto music scene.

The early days were a frenzy of song-writing and exploration of music from the likes of Ben Harper, The Chili Peppers, Jack Johnson and, the Legend himself, Bob Marley. The boys started playing acoustic sets around town and realized they were on to something. They’ve come a long way from their humble beginnings as an acoustic duo. While Andrew and Chris remain at the creative helm as the core of the I.An.Eye sound, they have welcomed to the family classically trained cellist Riaz Hassan, Dave McMillan’s funk-rock fusion on bass, and the dead-on, laid-back beats of Kevin Mendes on drums.

I.An.Eye, the Rastafarian concept of God and self being indistinguishable, provides both a name and an ideology for the band, with their reflective lyrics and spiritual performances. The music is a mix of inspiring, soulful folk-rock, reggae, funk and blues with infectious hooks and dynamic emotions. This all crystallizes on stage where the music is free to transform and elevate. They captured a piece of that magic on their 2004 EP The Smoke Clears and followed it up a year later with their first LP We Are One. UK-based record label Moon Ska World is set to release We Are One throughout Europe this fall, bringing the I.An.Eye experience to a whole new audience.

Lyrics

Rest Your Head

Written By: Chris Assaad & Andrew Hanna

It is your life that eventually kills you
But it’s not living that makes you dead
It is your mind that eventually leaves you
But it’s not thinking that makes you lose your head

Don’t waste your mind, don’t waste your time
On things you can’t control
Don’t waste your mind, don’t waste your time
You can’t escape your soul

You know you’ll never be at peace
If you don’t know that you’re at war
You know you’ll never find the missing piece
If you’ve never seen the picture before

Don’t waste your mind, don’t waste your time
On things you can’t control
Don’t waste your mind, don’t waste your time
You can’t escape your soul

If you can see, the way to your redemption
Then why would you ever seek exemption?
Because it is your duty to be true to others not just yourself
The only path to freedom is the one you pave yourself

Don’t waste your mind, don’t waste your time
On things you can’t control
Don’t waste your mind, don’t waste your time
You can’t escape your soul

The Quest

Written By: Chris Assaad & Andrew Hanna

Into darkness, enters light
Isn’t that the story of the sun?
In all her glory, she would rise
To celebrate a new day begun

A quest for knowledge
Can go either way
One might find wisdom
Or be led astray
Led astray

Slowly, slowly as the stars align
Dreams crystallize
And the only trace left of time
Is the memory of another life
Another life

A fountain awaits those who thirst
Knowing the fate of every wish
Like a hidden love on the verge
Of coming to life with a single kiss

A quest for peace
Can be give and take
One must know when to stand strong
And when to kneel down and pray
And pray

Slowly, slowly as the stars align
Dreams crystallize
And the only trace left of time
Is the memory of another life
Another life…

We Are One

Written By: I.AN.EYE

We are one, we are one, we are one

You and I we come from the same dust
We are one
Six billion grains of sand make one shore
It's funny to see that in the end
We go back to the ground
From where we came, from where we came
We began six billion grains of sand

We are one

When you live in harmony
Nothing can come between
You and your neighbour
Or even your worst enemy

We are one

So follow the music, follow the music
The groove won't ask you why
When we arrive on that afternoon
We'll wish the ride didn't have to end so soon
I hope the high doesn't have to end so soon

We are one

Discography

WE ARE ONE - LP (2007)
THE SMOKE CLEARS - EP (October 2004)
(streaming available at www.ianeye.ca)

Set List

Sets vary from 30 minutes to an hour and the band can perform as a full band or an acoustic duo (guitars, vocals).

STUMBLIN' BY

ON MY OWN

FOR NOW

ONE MORE MILE

FORGIVE THEM

CLOUDS

DON'T THINK TWICE

THE QUEST

US

WE ARE ONE

OLD CAFÉ

REST YOUR HEAD

GOODBYE BLUES

Covers:
STEAL MY KISSES (BEN HARPER)

FLAKE (JACK JOHSNON)

Sets vary from 30 minutes to an hour.