Local folk/alternative band Good for Grapes is a force to be reckoned with. Since forming in September of 2010, the band has cultivated a sound worth noticing and remembering. What started out as a group of five friends who had previously spent time busking around the Vancouver and Victoria area, seems to have now grown into a larger, full-fledged seven piece band with an incredible stage presence. The band consists of Dan McBurnie (Vocals/Guitar), Graham GomezÂ (Guitar/Vocals), Alexa Unwin (Piano/Vocals), Robert Hardie (Bass/Vocals), Sean MacKeigan (Accordion), Jesse Brook (Trombone/Trumpet/Flute), and Blair Hansen (Percussion).
In the short amount of time the band has played as Good For Grapes, the group has managed to put out a brilliant self-titled 6-song EP, entered into various Battle of the Bands competitions such as the Rogers urMusic Battle of the Bands of which they won the National title, as well as Supernovaâ€™s â€œBand on the Run to the UKâ€ competition of which they won the National title yet again.
The band continues their efforts by recording new songs and actively playing a large number of shows around the area, each time converting innocent by-standing listeners to join their exponentially growing fan base, drawing everyone in with their infectious “Folk Stomping” ways. Having seen this band perform live just a couple of weeks ago, it’s no wonder why this group has blown up so quickly, almost effortlessly capturing the attention of the Canadian music scene with their highly energetic and charismatic live performances. While the folk/alternative sound is generally not an unfamiliar choice of territory within the local music scene here, Good For Grapes has unmistakably honed their sound, mastering their take on combining stunning vocal harmonies with a wide array of instruments to craft some of the most appealing folk numbers out there.