The Glorious Sons Photo: Vanessa Heins
The Glorious Sons Photo: Vanessa Heins

Five Questions With… Brett Emmons of The Glorious Sons

Fans of The Glorious Sons are finally being treated to new music from the Kingston, Ontario rockers as Young Beauties And Fools—the follow-up to their 2014 Juno-nominated debut album, The Union, is now available through Black Box/Universal Music Canada.

Young Beauties And Fools is about the (mis)adventures lead singer-songwriter Brett Emmons in the truest way. It’s also an album on which his band mates—brother Jay Emmons (guitar), Chris Koster (guitar), Adam Paquette (drums) and Chris Huot (bass)—capture all the listlessness and confusion of young adulthood over the course of 10 tracks, led by the first single “Everything Is Alright.”

It wasn’t easy to capture that realness. The band wanted to expand its range from The Union, but 18 months of recording did not yield the results they were looking for. It was not until they headed to Los Angeles to work with production team Fast Friends (Frederik Thaae, Ryan Spraker, Tom Peyton) and started exploring a collection of old voice memos on Brett’s phone that they had their eureka moment. The subsequent creative outburst resulted in an album written in 12 days and recorded in 14.

The Glorious Sons are currently preparing for a run of Canadian dates, which kick off with two sold-out shows at Toronto’s Phoenix Concert Theatre on Oct. 19 and 20. For more info go to theglorioussons.com.

What makes Young Beauties And Fools stand apart from your previous work? 

There's a few things. I would say it's more inward-looking, whereas our last album was a little more about observing the world around us. The new songs are quite personal, and the themes come from a very honest place. As well, we took some chances with production, and I believe the music is more sophisticated. It's still The Glorious Sons, but I think we really forced ourselves to grow and explore on this album.

What songs on the album best capture your current musical vision?

Honestly, the whole thing.  When we found that vision, things just really took off in the studio. There are about five more songs that we didn't put on the album simply because they didn't fit with the ten we knew we wanted to release. We set out to write a cohesive piece of work, and to tell a story people could relate to, and I believe that's what we did. 

What's been the most significant change in your life in the past year?

That's hard to say. Right now, I'm really taking a stab at my mental and physical health. I know with the momentum that is building and the ride we're about to take, that I simply won't have the stamina or mental fortitude at the current state I'm in. So if all works out well, this will be the biggest change in the past year, and maybe the biggest of my life. 

How do you expect your live show to evolve with the new material?

Well, there's a few ways we could do it, but I've never really thought our recordings live up to our live performances. I think we're gonna try some new stuff and fiddle around with some technology, but it's still gonna be the same sweaty band pouring their hearts out onstage. 

If you could fix anything about the music business, what would it be?

It seems like in order for this whole music thing to work, you have to let it devour your entire life. In a sense it's always been an obsession for me personally, but if I could I would ask for more time. It seems to me, in order to feel like you have a purpose, you have to be doing it at all times, and that's what it's kind of become. But there's a few things I don't want to miss, and I'm hoping that I'm not in the studio, or touring, or writing, or doing publicity or really anything when the important people and things in my life are happening.

 

 

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