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Album premiere: Folk rock troubadours Good For Grapes show us ‘The Ropes’

By Lily Keenan

BeatRoute.ca is proud to premiere The Ropes, the sophomore effort by Vancouver folk rock troubadours Good For Grapes. The Ropes releases October 2nd via Pheromone Recordings. Listen to the album in full below and scroll down for upcoming dates for their fall tour.

VANCOUVER — Strength in numbers seems to be the answer for folk rock troubadours Good For Grapes. The Vancouver based collective has welcomed three new members in the recording of their new album The Ropes, which is set for release on October 2nd via Pheromone Recordings.

The result is a compelling, full-bodied record that weaves the infectious folk sounds that turned heads with their first album, this time also accompanied by elements of trombone, cello and violin. Known for their charismatic energy onstage, The Ropes captures that punchy, toe-tapping live feeling with the addition of brass and electronics to give it a more modern, rock ‘n’ roll-meets-country element.

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Photo: Braeden Klassen

Tracks like “Gethsemane Blues” beautifully traverse the multiple genres, journeying from folk to rock, and strikingly punctuated with soaring violin. “Waiting on a Ghost” uses a punchy kick drum that will invigorate any stagnant crowd while the “who-hoos” heard in “Faces in the Sand” will surely propel the track to festival anthem status.

With the additional expertise of producer Howard Redekopp (Tegan and Sara, The New Pornographers, Mother Mother), The Ropes is a smooth flowing, mature follow up record for the young Vancouverites. But most of all, it captures a feeling, the kind of excitement and anticipation embodied by a group of musicians who are at the brink of a long musical career. And we can’t help but be excited too for all that lies ahead for this young, talented band. Check out the album in its entirety above and purchase it for your home listening enjoyment when it drops next week!

The Ropes album cover.

The Ropes album cover.

The Ropes releases Oct. 2 via Pheromone Recordings. Fall tour dates include the Webber Academy (Calgary) Oct. 31, The Imperial (Vancouver) Nov. 12, Upstairs Cabaret (Victoria) Nov. 14, the Starlite Room (Edmonton) Nov. 17, The Capital (Saskatoon) Nov. 18, the Pyramid (Winnipeg) Nov. 19, O’Hanlan’s (Regina) Dec. 1, and the National Music Centre (Calgary) Dec. 3. Check the band’s website for complete tour stops. 

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