In December of 1984, Nettwerk Records in Vancouver issued its 3rd release: our 4 song 12 inch EP. We recorded it over couple of eight hour sessions at a studio in Burnaby that summer. The release of those songs was the beginning of a 30 year story that would include a major label deal, hit singles and videos and international releases and tours.
Wow – what a time it has been. Back in the summer of 1984 – at the ages of 20, 20, and 18 – we weren’t even thinking of our own 30th birthdays, let alone the 30th anniversary of our first record.
So here we are – looking back to a time before cell phones, CDs, and the Internet. Oh the memories! Now that we are out on the road once more, and meeting up with you all again, we are loving the stories you share with us about first hearing our music, or what some of our songs meant to you.
So to mark this milestone we want to give away some memorabilia.
Post a Throw Back photo on our Facebook Page – showcasing your 1980’s or 90’s haircut, groovy outfit, photos from one of our shows and memories about the music, on our Grapes of Wrath Facebook page.
Then we ( Chris, Kevin and Tom) will pick some winners.
an original copy of the EP, still in the cellophane
a stylish new Grapes Of Wrath toque
a copy of our most recent album, High Road, on clear vinyl
a copy of our upcoming 7″ for “Mexico”/”None Too Soon”, on purple vinyl
copy of George Orwell’s “1984”, signed by the band (good book – recommended!)
We’ll announce the winners on December 24th.
Thanks for the memories folks, without an audience there would be no show.
2013 JUNO Host Committee announces entertainment lineup
During the 2013 JUNO Week celebrations, the PotashCorp Gonna Get Loud Tent, located on Regina’s City Square Plaza, is going to be the place to be, and …
IT’S GONNA GET LOUD!
Today, the Host Committee is pleased to announce some of the great entertainment that will take the stage, including:
12:30 pm – Dean Brody (private corporate lunch event)
5:00 pm – Jason Plumb & the Willing
6:30 pm – Indigo Joseph (The Wolf Queen City Rocks winners)
8:00 pm – Fly Points (Rawlco Take the Stage winners)
9:30 pm – Grapes of Wrath
Entrance into the PotashCorp Gonna Get Loud Tent is $15.00 (Thursday and Sunday). For more complete information on JUNOfest, visit www.junoawards.ca.
For all the times and locations of all the events happening during JUNO Week, like us on facebook or follow us on twitter at GonnaGetLoud.
Well, we just wrapped up the week-long promo blitz in Ontario for our new album.
“High Road” was released March 19th, and we celebrated with a few select shows, as well as a lot of interviews, an in-store appearance, and an acoustic set (in a hotel room!) at the Canadian Music Week Festival in Toronto.
TORONTO – Platinum-selling Canadian folk-rock trio The Grapes of Wrath announce the release of High Road on March 19, 2013 via Toronto-based imprint Aporia Records. High Road is the first album in 22 years to feature all three of the band’s original members Kevin Kane, Tom Hooper and Chris Hooper. In 2010, the three founding members shared the stage for the first time since their final show in 1992. “We realized there was a special kind of chemistry between the three of us,” recalls Chris. “I guess because we’d grown up together.”
“It’s interesting how this has evolved from doing just a single reunion show to signing a new record deal – all on it’s own steam,” says Kevin. “It’s nice when things sort of come together of their own volition and don’t feel forced or contrived.
“In the spring of 2012 the trio gathered at co-producer Darryl Neudorf’s (Neko Case, Blue Rodeo) private studio to begin work on the album – the first time all three had been in a studio together since completing their final album, These Days, at London’s Abbey Road in 1991. The resulting twelve tracks, written by both Kevin and Tom, feature the signature harmonies, vivid melodies and heartfelt lyrics The Grapes are known for yet also explore new sounds that will surprise the average fan.
“This record is a continuation of where we last left off. This isn’t a nostalgia trip. It’s like our other records – the next step in our growth as songwriters and musicians. The only difference is it took us a little longer to make the step” says Tom.
About The Grapes of Wrath
The Grapes of Wrath formed in Kelowna, B.C. in 1983. Their 1985 debut, September Bowl of Green introduced listeners to Tom and Kevin’s Byrds-ian harmonies.
In 1987, The Grapes of Wrath broke through to Canadian mainstream radio with the dazzling folk-pop of its gold-selling sophomore effort, Treehouse. Now and Again (1989) spawned three Top 50 singles, including the quietly haunting “What Was Going Through My Head”.
Following the release of 1991’s These Days – their second platinum album that spawned two Top 10 hits “You May Be Right” and “I Am Here” – the band decided to call it a day. On Oct. 30 2012, a star studded cast of Canadian musical greats including Sam Roberts, Ron Sexsmith, The Great Lakes Swimmers, Hayden, Julie Doiron and more joined our reformed alt-folk/pop pioneers, The Grapes of Wrath, on stage at Toronto’s Mod Club to celebrate the official reformation of one of most popular Canadian recording acts of the late 80’s and early 90’s.
HIGH ROAD TRACK LISTING
Good To See You
Paint You Blue
I’m lost (I Miss You)
Take On The Day
Make It OK
None Too Soon
Waiting To Fly
Upcoming Tour Dates
Mar. 20: Kitchener, ON @ Hacienda Sarria
Mar. 23: Toronto, ON @ Dakota Tavern
Jun. 21 – 23: Joussard, AB Gap North County Fair