Good For Grapes reach new peaks

SURREY – Ever since the Surrey based band Good For Grapes hit the scene with its folk-tinted music, the band has been climbing higher and higher.


The latest peak? Well, that would be scoring a slot in the top three of this year’s Peak Performance Project alongside bands Derrival and The Tourist Company.


The six-piece folk outfit – members of which only graduated from secondary school in 2011 – is now set to compete for $102,700 to put towards their music career. The second and third place winners will receive $75,000 and $50,000 respectively.


"It’s really nice to get that kind of recognition," the band’s guitarist/vocalist, Daniel McBurnie told the Now.


"We weren’t at all assuming that we were going to get into the top three."


McBurnie’s bandmates include Graham Gomez, also on guitar and vocals, Alexa Unwin on piano and vocals, Robert Hardie on bass and vocals, Alex Hauka on cello and Will Watson on percussion.


Good For Grapes was part of last year’s Peak Performance Project, placing fourth and earning $10,000, which the band put towards recording their debut album, Man on the Page.


"We know better than anyone, because we did it last year, it’s not a popularity contest at all. It’s about who can dig into their career the most," said McBurnie.


Whatever the prize they take home, McBurnie and his bandmates plan on spending the cash recording a new album. If given the top prize of over $100,000, he says they could do quite a bit more.


"We know that money gets drained. You can throw money at anything and ‘x’ amount of dollars, especially for something like recording, gets drained," he said.


With a bigger chunk of the change, McBurnie says the band would be able to take some money to tour with as well.


"We were discussing that if we’re going to do it again, we’re going to do it wholeheartedly and just work our butts off and make sure that we’ve done the best we could," the singer said.


As for what’s immediately ahead of them, McBurnie said the band plans to "put everything they’ve got" into the upcoming finale.


Good For Grapes plays Thursday. Nov. 20 at the Commodore Ballroom for the Peak Performance Project finale.


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