THE GRAPES OF WRATH PRESENT ‘SINGLES’ - A COLLECTION OF THE BAND’S HIT SINGLES PLUS TWO NEW TRACKS
BRAND NEW ALBUM DUE EARLY 2013 & FALL TOUR DATES IN CANADA
It’s been 21 years since The Grapes of Wrath original members Kevin Kane (vocalist, guitar), Tom Hooper (vocalist, bass) and Chris Hooper (drums) released an album together. During the spring of 2012, the “original three” assembled at the private studio of producer Darryl Neudorf (Neko Case, Blue Rodeo) to record a full album of new material that is set for a spring 2013 release on Aporia Records.
While we await the new album, The Grapes Of Wrath present Singles - all 15 of their original single releases - together, for the first time - in one collection. Singles also features two brand new songs, “Good To See You” and “Take On The Day”. While both songs sound wonderfully familiar yet distinctively current, “Good To See You” truly encapsulates The Grapes trademark vocal harmonies and knack for creating an incredibly catchy melody. "Good To See You" will be serviced out to all radio formats late August 2012.
This fall, The Grapes Of Wrath will also perform several key dates alongside of fellow Canadian music icons 54-40 with a set of special dates in western Canada in October. This will be followed by additional across Canada dates, through to December, in support of Singles and their forthcoming studio album.
The Grapes, as they’re affectionately known, formed in Kelowna, B.C. in 1983 and quickly became college radio favourites with their 1985 debut, September Bowl of Green. The album introduced listeners to the bands "Byrdsian" harmonies and catchy pop melodies with singles like “Misunderstanding”, “A Dream (About You)” and “Loves Comes Around”.
In 1987, The Grapes of Wrath broke through to Canadian mainstream radio with the dazzling, jangly and infectious folk-pop of its critically lauded sophomore effort Treehouse with the singles “Peace Of Mind”, “O Lucky Man" and “Backward Town“. The band enjoyed even more success with 1989’s Now and Again, which spawned three Top 50 singles including the quietly haunting “What Was Going Through My Head”, “The Most” and “All The Things I Wasn’t” which remained on the Canadian charts for eight weeks.
Following the release of 1991’s These Days - their second platinum album that spawned three top 30 singles, “You May Be Right”, “I Am Here” and “A Fishing Tale” - the band decided to call it a day. Kevin and Tom reunited briefly in 2000 but it wasn’t until a show at the Surrey Fusion Festival in the summer of 2010 that all three original members shared the stage again.
"We realized there was a special kind of chemistry between the three of us,” recalls Chris. “I guess because we'd grown up together and learned how to play our instruments together.”
2011 saw the band back on the road for several dates in Canada to appreciative fans.
"It's interesting how this has evolved from doing just a single reunion show to having an agent and then 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."
October 12th at The Vogue Theatre in Vancouver (with 54.40)
October 13th at The Commodore Ballroom in Vancouver (with 54.40)
October 19th at the Royal Theatre in Victoria (with 54.40)
October 26 at the Black Sheep Inn in Wakefield (with Lily Frost)
October 27 at the Red Dog Tavern in Peterborough (with Lily Frost)
October 29 at the Casbah in Hamilton (with Lily Frost)
October 30 at the Mod Club in Toronto (with special guests, TBA)
Good To See You - new track
Do You Want To Tell Me?
I Am Here
A Dream (About You)
All The Things I Wasn’t (single version)
What Was Going Through My Head (single version)
Peace Of Mind
You May Be Right (Single Edit)
Take On The Day - new track
O Lucky Man
A Fishing Tale (Radio Edit)
Love Comes Around
The Grapes Of Wrath new collection Singles will be available in-stores and online on October 9.