The Glorious Sons
Canadian rockers The Glorious Sons came over to the UK in support of their latest release Young Beauties and Fools. During a run of three shows they stopped by in Manchester. Through gaining a strong following in their native country, they became winners of SiriusXM’s Indie Group and Rock Group of the Year’. Also achieving Canada’s most prestigious recognition for recorded music, Juno’s Rock Album of the Year. Currently they are aiming to break the UK with the re-release of their second album. With this, the alt-rockers are laying a strong foundation for all future endeavours.
Young Beauties and Fools
The Glorious Sons second album features very personal lyrics based around the adventures and frequent misadventures of frontman Brett Emmons’ life. Rounded out by Jay Emmons (guitar), Chris Koster (guitar), Adam Paquette (drums) and Chris Huot (bass). All contribute in capturing the listlessness and confusion of young adulthood over the course of the 10-track piece. This is seen greatly in the live shows they put on.
Released 24th February
Deaf Institute, 6th March
At the Deaf Institute, Manchester, a small but very intimate venue. The floor wasn’t full, but, had a wide range of ages amongst the crowd. Some of which had travelled the length of the country (from Middlesbrough) to come and see, the beginning of something special.
From the opening track of the set, you could feel the energy. Especially from the enigmatic frontman Brett. His edgy, uncompromised style left the crowd wanting more with every lyric. The big tracks from Young Beauties and Fools expelled the majority of the crowd into a sing-along frenzy. Sawed-off Shotgun slammed like a shotgun blast with its anthemic chorus. To, Everything is Alright slowing everyone right down, captivating the audience before launching into an almost chant of ‘Everything is Alright…’. Showing the impact the guys are having in a short time over here. Their stage presence roared with confidence. Seeming very much like seasoned pro’s, naturally gliding through the set. Each member carried themselves honourably through the performance but it was clear that the audience’s gaze would not be swayed from Brett. The band brought the torch and he definitely did light it.
At the close of the set, feeling as they had just one more tasty treat to give to the applauding crowd. A cover of The Rolling Stones’ Gimme Shelter. Not an easy song, to one, play well and also to put your own stamp on. Both were ticked off to the highest accord. Guitarist Chris Koster has the Keith cool guy vibe naturally about him and that portrayed brilliantly into the song. The highlight of the cover, as was the rest of the gig, was the vocal ability of the ever-modest Brett.
“I don’t think rock and roll can ever move forward if everyone has to sound like Lynard fucking Skynard”
Shooting the breeze with Brett and Chris
When I had the chance to meet up with them after the show to have a drink, Brett was the first to say he could have done better with his vocals throughout the show, admitting he feels he missed a few notes. ‘Every night is kind of different, there’s always some lines, song or notes that you wish you could get back. But the point is to always come across as genuine, have a good time and sing your heart out. That’s all you can do’. From a fan’s perspective, the vocals show that the band are ‘real’. Sounding much rawer than on a recording is the mark of a great band. ‘We always consider ourselves as more of a live band. The dirtiness is the best way to describe it’.
Moving to where Brett’s vocal style came from he says that it was the first way which he learnt to sing and it progressed from there. We got sidetracked and ventured onto musical taste. In particular, his first album which turned out to be a surprise. ‘Funny enough… I shouldn’t say this on tape but the first album I ever purchased was The Spice Girls.
Rock and roll and progression
Talking of the progression of the band from album to album, Brett explains ‘When we were first starting out, I was hard up on rock and roll. Which I still am, it’s my motivation. I had blinders on when talking about the subject though. I didn’t realise how complex rock and roll could be. When we wrote this album my belief was that rock and roll need to modernise, it needs to be relevant.
Brett starts to become more passionate about the subject, venting his frustration “we cant just keep sounding like we are from the 1970’s. Fuck… I’m sick of bands sounding like Led Zepplin and Lynard Skynard… I don’t think rock and roll can ever move forward if everyone has to sound like Lynard fucking Skynard”. Chris adds “People get like, oh these are the ‘saviours of rock and roll‘ because it reminds them of when they cared about rock and roll.” Like Brett said, “rock and roll won’t be saved by looking backwards. Music needs to move forward at all times”.
The Glorious Sons will back around to play Reading and Leeds Festival. Make sure you get tickets. The albums are great but the live shows sound so much sweeter. When asked what we should be expecting from the festival shows, Brett explained ‘The same as tonight. It will be a shorter set, so it will be high energy… and a lot of sweat.