The Glorious Sons are a group of young lads who grew up together in a friendship that turned out to be an extraordinary success. With a broader brush stroke, it’s the story about a Canadian band that are making good without actually giving a thought to anything more than being the best rock and roll band they could be; and as it turned out they’ve proven to be exceptional! The modesty of their endeavor is consistently engaging, absorbing and pretty remarkable… Starting back in in 2011 in the city of Kingston, in the province of Ontario, Canada.. The Glorious Sons won a Juno Award for their 2018 album,“Young Beauties and Fools”. They are resonating with American audiences…Already they’ve racked up two #1 tracks at Rock RadiO in less than one year and bangin’ for their first for 2020 with the song,”Closer To The Sky” from their recent album, “A War on Everything”. Their legacy continues to grow bigger and bigger! They’ve supported the recent Rolling Stones world stadium tour while their current headline outing is packing venues across America. Their identity is enriched with songs that are always raw and honest. Story-lines that are spun in a web of vignettes that captures the frailty of its lead singer, Brett Emmons. He’s a gifted poet who happens to strike it rich as a lyricist and whose songbook speaks to a generation of millennials. When you’re a band singing about places you’ve been and referencing moments from your youth you immediately identify with it. The Glorious Sons acknowledge what it is to be a hard-working band constantly on the road. Their essence is when the world knocks you down on your ass.. and for whatever reason you grapple and do whatever it takes to pick yourself back up and kick the worlds’s fuckin’ ass! You can call it revenge but I think that’s too angry; its optimism behind resolve..or perhaps its a form of white boy gospel.
And that’s what they did in Los Angeles, performing at the world famous, El Rey Theater. The singalong for S.O.S. was deafening and they played my favorite song, “Union”.. I guess they played it so I would shut the up and stop shouting the name! The song that connected with the sold out crowd was “My Poor Heart”.
Part of the solace behind their current album, “A War on Everything” is the way Emmons lyrics are eternally preserved in all its malleability and humanity. When you’re a young rock and roll band that’s singing about places you’ve been and referencing to moments from your youth you immediately identify with it. There’s finally a group acknowledging what it is to be seeking redemption in the most unfeigned way. This commitment of unbridled authenticity is what draws their popularity. God Bless The Glorious Sons….A rock and roll band bound for glory…
Here’s our exclusive interview with Brett Emmons from The Glorious Sons…
Rock Bands of L.A.com: All of your songs have been centered about living in a small Canadian town… And I completely realize the human condition there… My question is…. Now you’ve been on the road now for three straight years. How many gigs has that been?… You now see the world from a much bigger perspective… from the plague of the homeless… hunger… wars… dishonest politicians…global warming…. Do you see your future songs dealing with these issues? More of a “macro” perspective… Or do you not see that a direction you wish to be headed for….
Brett Emmons:Honestly: I’m not really sure how that works. I know for sure that my perspective has widened and I’ve learned a lot about myself through travelling and witnessing different cultures. But at the same time, there’s always been stories of pain and suffering in our writing. They’re songs about substance abuse, anxiety, depression, hunger, confusion, paranoia, love, materialism, distrust of authority etc. I think perhaps more than anything we just try to attack these issues from a microscopic, story telling point of view a lot of times. The best example I can use is a song like “Nebraska” from Springsteen. It’s not written from an all knowing place like say—- “Imagine”, but it certainly doesn’t aim small in the subject matter it’s dealing with. For our band, we come from a small town, and I’m proud to share those voices. But being on the road almost 8 years now, it’s not a new experience by any means, and I don’t see the writing changing too much at all. That being said, hopefully it will grow, but I don’t know what that looks like. As well, I have to say most of the suffering I’ve witnessed throughout my travels, I had already seen growing up in a town of 130000 people. Most issues aren’t unique to Metropolitan areas, and I would hope that someone from say Brooklyn could still relate with the stories of characters in Shotgun, Kick them wicked things or Pink Motel.
Rock Bands of L.A.com: Continuing with the future of TGSs….most bands write songs about “changing” the world… You take a more personal approach and write about the world as you see it…. You are affected deeply about the misuse of prescription drugs…. Oxycontin.. anti-depressants and Alcohol….. I’m not sure if you’ve been prescribed them… and really, it’s not my business… Hey, you could write songs that show the banality of Sex, Drugs and Rock and Roll. You’ve been around all these afflictions yet why does it seem to be the thematic cornerstones of your songs? Have you had fans say to you that your songs have changed their lives? From your “unplugged” album.. “White Noise” is about being knocked down and having the spirit to get up and fight off those spirits..
Brett Emmons:I do want to the change the world. I think like I said we try to appeal to people with a more personal method in our story telling. I have always gravitated toward story tellers when listening to music and perhaps it just kind of instinctively changed my writing to be that way. Every now and again I strike on a more vague note but it happens by accident and it can’t be forced. Whatever we’re doing seems to be working on some level because our fans seem to be pretty attached to our messages. It’s tough to answer these questions because in order to tell the 100 percent honest truth, I would have to think for a very long time about what we do, why we’re doing it, and how it’s done, and to be honest I don’t think that’s very good for a process like ours. I see and feel things, they fly by in my mind and if I can catch them right and relay them properly, than the listener gets a snapshot into my heart and mind. The point is to help people understand, feel understand and to ask questions that maybe we don’t have the answers too. The last thing I’ll say is that there isn’t very many people that aren’t addicted to something, whether that be any of the substances you just mentioned or the millions of others, legal or illegal floating around to help us get through the day, and considering how much of a gift it is to be alive, I think it’s incredibly sad that that is the case. That’s why I talk about it in our songs.
Rock Bands of L.A.com: You’ve had 2 number 1 records.. Your new track, “Closer To The Sky” is a change from most of your songs … I love it…. What’s the inspiration for this song?
Brett Emmons:There are many factors for that. I didn’t really even know I had that kind of singing voice in me before I’d written that song. I think maybe I was trying to save my voice and was up late writing and couldn’t afford to scream because we had a show the next day. As far as instrumentally, we were just really trying to focus on how the guitars could rhythmically and melodically sing to one another on the last album and I think we really hit the nail on the head with that song. Story wise, it came from a friend on a substance with his shirt off rubbing jays feet and grinding his jaw. I took some liberties and wanted to make a coming of age story out of it, and that’s where we landed.
Rock Bands of L.A.com: What is it about L.A. do you like most…other than the weather? So many bands find that the “city of angels” has a deep effect on them…
Brett Emmons:You know, I never really saw the allure to Los Angeles. I think it’s obviously a pretty neat culture wherever people flock to be creative and pursue their dreams, but I prefer where I live in Canada.
A special thanks to Brett for his honesty and candor… and to Mr. Nick Attaway for making this all possible…..