The Glorious Sons on the right track to limelight
Hailing from Kingston, Ont., the boys have finally recorded Shapeless Art, their first EP slated for shelves Sept. 24.
Morning show host Jason Barr said it best, “Seriously, you have to see them live. There is a difference between a good band and a good band that is ready and The Glorious Sons are ready.”With peer reviews like this, coupled with the fact that I had just been blown away by an album which seems almost destined to be better live, Martyr headed to the Pour House in downtown Ottawa to see the band do what we’d been told they do best, rock out on stage.
I met up with lead singer Brett Emmons, as he helped set up for the gig.
Emmons seemed a little shy yet incredibly friendly, talking about the various influences of the band like everything from Kings of Leon, the Weeks, to classic rock. When I asked how he felt about his band’s reputation for being an amazing live act, Emmons tells us that “We’ll definitely take it as a compliment… We play a lot of pubs, but we rock it old-school with originals”.
The chat was brief, and slightly disorienting, but his off-beat disposition offered a little insight into what I would later struggle to define, at least according to what I had heard about them, and on the EP.
With that in mind, I settled in for the live show, expecting to be blown away by the power chords and pop sounds of the new EP. I must admit, at first, it was a little disappointing. I came expecting an up-tempo show case of the coming EP I had the pleasure of previewing, but was instead treated to an intimate coffee house acoustic set. Emmons blasted through a variety of Rolling Stones and blues covers, most notably, “Beast of Burden.” Don’t get me wrong, it was a good show, but it lacked the raw power and pop appeal that their EP offers. I felt like he was holding back, and the fact that the rest of the band was almost entirely missing from the set was slightly more than disappointing. I got the sneaking suspicion the band was saving the good stuff for their Album debut in Kingston, on Sept. 21.
What’s most fascinating about this album is that it almost sounds like it’s being played live. A rare quality in today’s over-produced music scene.
“Ruby” comes in with a catchy melodic piano to guitar transition, and you’re caught on the first hook. The next track, “Baby” follows up with a Black-Keys’ version of the white-man’s blues.
On the other hand, “Caroline” leans more towards pop-chords and a lighter hearted, catchier chorus. “Mama” is a playful, but severe tune.
It’s easy to see why The Glorious Sons were the winners of a radio contest last year on their local rock station. These are seriously talented up-and-comers, and this fresh EP is a well-earned intentional first offering.
Despite the underwhelming nature of my first live experience with The Glorious Sons, they are a band with great potential.