Welcome to Review Revue, where every Thursday I dig through the KEXP stacks to share DJ reviews and comments written on the covers of LPs (and occasionally CDs) in the ’80s and ’90s, when the station was called KCMU, the DJs were volunteers, and people shared their opinions on little white labels instead of the internet.
I think I speak for many Americans when I say that it's kind of embarrassing how ignorant I am of Canadian culture - in this case, specifically, music. I pulled this record off the shelves knowing nothing about it, only that it seemed to have at least a few comments on it. I picked it to write about today assuming it would be nigh-impossible to find any information on this incredibly obscure band with the difficult-to-Google name . . . and boy was I wrong! The Grapes of Wrath was - and remains - a well-regarded and popular Canadian rock band, with several releases on labels such as Capitol-EMI and Nettwerk. In fact, this very EP, the band's debut release, was, from what I can tell, the fourth record released by that storied label (previously mentioned in my recent piece on Moev, who represented the first two releases).
The Grapes of Wrath's most recent album of new material, High Road, was released in 2013, and it seems the band tours Canada pretty regularly. Maybe if we ask real nice we can get them down here for a gig or two.
"Quality pop from Vancouver, BC. Guitar oriented + on the serious side of life. Solid beat, rhythms, lyrics. Decent effort."
"Interesting new band and record label."
"Cool cover on this, and The Moev (not a legendary UK pop band)"
"On the way to something. This label's a regular Canadian 4ad - although that's not the sound, only the CONCEPT, ya see."