There is no doubt that Good For Grapes are a good band. They have the potential to be a great band. Granted I only saw about three or four of their songs, plus the encore, but they say in writing that you have to hook somebody within 15 minutes; I guess the musical equivalent to that is about 3-5 songs.
They are a fairly large band (six-seven members, plus “however many they can fit on the stage”) with the average being about 21 years old. The outfit started when four friends went on a weekend getaway to Victoria in 2010 and ended up horsing around with their instruments on the ferry and received some high-quality feedback. With all kinds of catchy sounds, dance moves (including the legendary ‘folk-stomp’) and instruments including the accordion, trumpet, trombone and flute, it’s no wonder these guys (and gal) top the list of Vancouver’s rising stars.
Yet at the same time, given their youth, GFG is clearly still in the ‘fun’ stage of being artists and performing for crowds. While they do perform (the venue which I saw them can fit 1100) they clearly are relishing their burgeoning fame and are more focused on prancing then professionalism. But at this stage in the game, who can blame. Lives of bands can be short, so they might as well make the most of it and live life to the fullest. Plus, I did enjoy their Belle & Sebastian cover.
Good For Grapes debut full-length album – Man On The Page was released October 13, 2013.
RIYL: Fleet Foxes, Arcade Fire, The Lumineers, Lost in The Trees, Mumford & Sons, Horse Feathers