By Gregory AdamsThe Grapes of Wrath reunited for a smattering of shows in 2010 and 2011, and the get-together apparently proved fruitful, as the BC-bred janglers are just about to record their first album in 21 years.
A press release confirms that the trio will head into the studio of producer Darryl Neudorf (Neko Case, Blue Rodeo) this spring with plans to release an LP's worth of material in February 2013 on the band's new label home of Aporia Records. The Grapes of Wrath last released These Days in 1991.
"We realized there was a special kind of chemistry between the three of us," drummer Chris Hooper said in a statement, hinting at how the band had begun jamming together back in the '80s. "I guess because we'd grown up together and learned how to play our instruments together."
Guitarist/vocalist Kevin Kane added, "It's interesting how this has evolved from doing just a single reunion show to getting an agent and signing a new record deal -- all on its own steam. It's nice when things sort of come together of their own volition and don't feel forced or contrived."
While the reunion shows strengthened the bonds between the bandmates, the recording sessions bring the band even further back to their roots, considering they had once played in a band with Neudorf.
"Darryl was a big part of our formative years in Kelowna," Kane explained. "In fact, the first time any of us played music in front of an audience, the band consisted of Chris, Tom, Darryl and myself performing at Tom's Grade 7 graduation dance."
While the album is still a year away, the Grapes of Wrath have some upcoming tour dates in BC and Alberta. You can check the schedule below.
3/22 Nelson, BC - The Hume Hotel — Spirit Bar 3/23 Kamloops, BC - Kamloops Convention Centre 3/24 Airdrie, AB - The Bert Church Theatre 4/13 Vancouver, BC - The Rickshaw Theatre 4/14 Campbell River, BC - Tidemark Theatre