Way back in a previous life I interviewed Canadian power poppers Grapes of Wrath for an actual paper magazine; at the time they were at the top of their game. That was over 20 years ago, so how is it possible that they released what is quite possibly their strongest record just last year?
Formed in Kelowna, British Columbia in 1983 by brothers Tom and Chris Hooper and mate Kevin Kane from the ashes of a punk combo called Kill Pigs, the Grapes released their first record – “September Bowl Of Green” – in 1985. They were soon taken under the wing of Canadian singer Tom Cochrane who produced their second record “Treehouse” released in 1987. Both albums did well and set the band up nicely to break out, which they did with 1989’s “Now and Again”.
In 1991 they released- ‘These Days’ – which was mixed at Abbey Road studios. The record once again sold platinum but all wasn’t well and in 1992 they called it quits. So here we are and the original members decided to try again with the release of “High Road” last year. Of course I was curious, and then surprised very that “High Road’ ended up securely in my top ten for 2013. The Beatles influences are there of course, and maybe some Big Star, I always described them as the Canadian version of The Posies. Have a listen, some new, and some old, but all quality.