Reunited BC folk rock vets the Grapes of Wrath had previously confirmed plans to record a new album, and now these plans have come to fruition. The band will release High Road on March 19 through Aporia Records.
This is the first album to be released under the Grapes of Wrath banner since 2000's Field Trip, and the first to feature all three core members since 1991's These Days. It was recorded with co-producer Darryl Neudorf (Neko Case, Blue Rodeo, Jim Bryson and the Weakerthans) at his Operation Northwoods studio in Ontario.
According to a press release, the album's "12 tracks feature the signature harmonies, vivid melodies and heartfelt lyrics the Grapes are known for yet also explore new sounds that will surprise the average fan."
The band's Tom Hooper added in a statement, "This record is a continuation of where we last left off. This isn't a nostalgia trip. It's like our other records — the next step in our growth as songwriters and musicians. The only difference is it took us a little longer to make the step."
Kevin Kane: guitar, vocals, keyboards, bass
Tom Hooper: vocals, bass, keyboards, guitar
Chris Hooper: drums, percussion
Produced by Grapes of Wrath
Recorded and mixed by Darryl Neudorf at Operation Northwoods
Mastered by Joao Carvalho