The Grapes of Wrath
were a jangly alternative folk-pop quartet formed in Kelowna, British Columbia, in 1983 by brothers Chris Hooper
(drums) and Tom Hooper
(vocals, bass), along with Kevin Kane
(vocals, guitar) and later adding keyboardist Vincent Jones
. In 1984, they signed to Nettwerk Records and relocated to Vancouver where they recorded a four-song self-titled EP that earned the band some initial local exposure. 1985's full-length September Bowl of Green
, however, gave them national recognition and critical acclaim. Ready to make a stab at the U.S., they enlisted the help of Tom Cochrane
) for production of the follow-up, Tree House. Though it failed to break big, it did yield a hit single in Canada with "Peace of Mind." Subsequent singles and two more albums, Now and Again
(1989) and These Days
(1991), did well in their homeland but earned little sales elsewhere. In 1992, Kane
left the band and the remaining members went on to become Ginger
released Far Out
on Nettwerk in 1994 (released in the U.S. in 1995) and followed with Suddenly I Came to My Senses
in late 1996. Kevin Kane
released a solo album, Neighborhood Watch
, in 1996 for On/Off Records in Canada.
In the summer of 2010, after 18 years, the original founding members (Chris and Tom Hooper and Kevin Kane) joined together to play the Surrey B.C. Fusion Festival. Due to the show’s success, the band once again began touring Canada and subsequently signed with Aporia Records to record a new album. The album "High Road", recorded in the spring of 2012 with co-producer Darryl Neudorf (Neko Case, Blue Rodeo) is scheduled for Release in March 2013.
In October 2012, EMI-Canada released the album "Singles" featuring all 15 radio singles from GOW's catalogue, as well as 2 new songs. The first new single "Good To See You" reached the top 40 on Canada's Active Rock and Alternative Rock charts.