By Lethbridge Herald on August 18, 2017.
In just a few short years, they’ve created a body of work that has made them staples of Canadian rock radio and earned them legions of fans.
Amazingly, the man behind the voice of The Glorious Sons is a mere 24 years old. It’s a voice that is wizened beyond the years of Kingston, Ont.’s Brett Emmons, the frontman for The Glorious Sons who perform at Whoop-Up Days next Friday.
The last time these glorious Canadian rockers hit the stage at Lethbridge’s summer festival two years ago, they performed on a rainy and cold night which didn’t stop their raucous fans from braving the elements.
Now they’re back to Whoop-Up Days with new music on the radio and a new album coming out in October on Black Box/Universal Music Canada called “Young Beauties and Fools.”
The first single off the record, “Everything is Alright,” last week was named No. 1 most added tune at alternative and rock radio stations in the country.
After the release of their debut album “The Union,” The Glorious Sons became a Canadian favourite with songs such as “The Contender,” “Mama,” “White Noise,” and “Lightning.” That album landed The Glorious Sons a Juno nomination for best rock album.
And now The Glorious Sons, consisting of vocalist Emmons on keyboard and harmonica, his brother Jay Emmons on guitar, guitarist Chris Koster, drummer Adam Paquette, bassist Chris Huot and keyboardist Josh Hewson, are back with music that has evolved from their first recording.
When reminded of the last Whoop-Up Days gig, Brett Emmons said “we can’t control it. We just go out and have fun.”
Their rise to acclaim, Emmons suggests, is due to several factors, one being that “Canadians like to support Canadian bands. We’ve had a lot of help — this is a great country to be a band in.”
Band members, says Emmons, have another key ingredient to success:
“We’re all very good songwriters. That’s been the main thing that has separated us from a lot of bands out there — we can sit down and write a good song.”
Emmons says the group chemistry and dynamics are also important.
In the past two to three years, The Glorious Sons have toured relentlessly across the country, and Emmons says fans have watched them grow musically during this hectic time.
“When people see you grow, they’re going to be pretty supportive.”
Last September, the band took a break from the road to rejuvenate and in Emmons’s words, “go dark for awhile. We rode a high for so long we got worn out.”
“I can’t complain because this is exactly what I want to be doing. There’s good and bad that comes with it and you have to deal with it in a healthy manner. It’s been a great ride.”
During that time off the road, they wrote their new record which moves in a different direction from “The Union.”
“We didn’t want to release an album just like the one we did before. We want to challenge us and our fans.
“We focused more on production and trying new things. We took a long time deciding what we wanted to do.”
The new album was recorded in Los Angeles with the band cranking out 17 songs in 15 days. And sometimes, the music flowed in a different direction than the band anticipated when they walked in the studio doors, Emmons says.
“If the music goes one way, you have to go with it. It was fun. The first day we went to record in L.A., there was no stopping us.”
Emmons started singing when he was 16 — brother Jay would play guitar and Brett would sing for fun.
He actually got kicked out of a band because his bandmates said he couldn’t sing well enough which prompted him to put his full energy into practising at home, singing four to five hours every night.
“It became a bit of an obession but it never felt like work.”
And that obsession has definitely paid off.
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