By Maddy Cristall
Monday, October 15
Venue on Granville typically appeals to a drunk college kid club crowd. On this particularly beautiful autumn Monday night it was packed with mature rockers singing along to their Canadian Heroes- the Grapes of Wrath. The Canadian icons performed to completely enamoured sold out crowd who were clad in the Grapes of Wrath t-shirts and leather jackets from their early years of performing.
The Grapes of Wrath put on an excellent show. You could tell the band was having a blast as they chugged along through their hits with comfort and style. Their music encompasses a palpable nostalgia that is warm and unpretentious. They band derives from Kelowna and are pioneers of the Canadian indie rock scene. They have churned out 8 successful albums out since 1984 which weave together folk lullabies and bonafide rock and roll anthems.
Peppered in between every couple of songs were tales of Vancouver-past which were fascinating to hear. They painted a romantic picture of a hazy-eyed Granville strip littered with artists and record stores. This contrasted with the past decade’s transformation of the Strip left me yearning for something missing. An identity that seems to be lacking around Vancouver these days was ever present in Venue Nightclub, and the irony of it all was perfect.