From their very start, The Glorious Sons have achieved the near impossible by sounding both familiar and unprecedented, offering a bold new idea of what it means to be a rock ‘n’ roll band in the modern era. Fronted by brothers Brett and Jay Emmons, the Kingston, ON-based quintet have resolutely manifested all of rock ‘n’ roll’s most positive principles – creativity and adventure, energy and expression, unbridled individuality and spirit of community. The past decade saw the band unleash three remarkable studio albums fueled by immense ambition and strikingly emotive songcraft, their stadium-sized hooks ringing out with an ardent, impassioned spirit that earned them two #1 Rock airplay smashes in the US and thirteen consecutive top 10 Rock radio hits in Canada.
“I truly believe that, to use the old cliché, rock ‘n’ roll will never die,” says lead singer-songwriter Brett Emmons. “It’s not just a sound anymore. It’s more of an attitude, a freedom of expression that people will always believe in.”
Founded in 2011, the Glorious Sons immediately caused a commotion with their indelible brand of 21st century rock ‘n’ roll, born of classic elements but made fresh through the band’s spirited musical slant and raw-boned songwriting. The band proved as imaginative as they were motivated, recording and touring near non-stop in an effort to drive their music ever further. 2014’s debut album, The Union, earned them breakthrough success as well their first Juno Award nomination for “Rock Album of the Year,” fueled in part by such singles as “Heavy,” “Lightning,” and “The Contender,” the latter of which proved the band’s first ever #1 at Canadian Rock radio.
2017’s Young Beauties and Fools more than delivered on The Glorious Sons’ promise, this time taking home the Juno for “Rock Album of the Year” amidst worldwide airplay and increasing critical acclaim. The album includes the #1 singles, “Everything Is Alright” and “S.O.S. (Sawed Off Shotgun),” the latter proving the band’s US breakthrough, reaching #1 on Billboard’s “Mainstream Rock” chart.
Like any rock ‘n’ roll band worth its salt, The Glorious Sons spent most of their time on the road, lighting up sold out crowds on an ever-growing series of headline tours, support runs, and showstopping festival sets, even a pair of unforgettable stadium gigs supporting The Rolling Stones. The band has made sure to capture its robust live power for posterity by recording each and every performance, presented in an on-going series of in-concert archival releases that includes 2018’s Little Prison City: Live at Rogers K-Rock Centre and the following year’s An Unplugged Evening with the Glorious Sons: Live at Longboat Hall.
Hailed at their most mature work to date, 2019’s acclaimed third studio album, A War On Everything, showcased The Glorious Sons at their ingeniously inspired best by instilling a contemporary gleam on their traditionally naturalistic sound. Marked by its striking sonic diversity and searing emotional depth, the album earned the band a second straight Juno Award for “Rock Album of the Year” and second consecutive US #1 “Mainstream Rock” hit in “Panic Attack.”
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