The Grapes of Wrath reunite for a performance at the Surrey Fusion Festival on Sunday (July 18), when they’ll join Blackberry Wood and bhangra superstar Lehmber Hussainpuri, among others, at Holland Park.
The Grapes brought some class to the Canadian music landscape in the late ’80s and early ’90s with singles like “What Was Going Through My Head” and “You May Be Right”, and were making inroads in the States when the band imploded in ’92. Guitarist-vocalist Kevin Kane and bassist-vocalist Tom Hooper hooked up again minus original drummer Chris Hooper for the 2000 album Field Trip, and have been performing together acoustically of late, but this is the first time all three original members have regrouped (augmented by Dave Genn on keyboards).
Kane told the Straight that once the offer from Fusion came in, drummer Hooper waited until the last possible moment to say yes. “It’s his showbiz flair,” Kane said, laughing. “But at the same time I wasn’t surprised when he agreed to do it. I had a feeling. And it’s been pretty awesome, right from the first rehearsal. It’s funny how muscle memory works after 18 years.”
Kane added that future shows are being lined up. “It’s too much fun to just do one gig,” he promised.