Glorious Sons brought “The Union” to Hard Rock
Kingston indie-rockers The Glorious Sons are dead set on proving their ground in the Toronto rock scene, and they proved that Thursday, Sept. 4, with a sold out show at Toronto’s prestigious Hard Rock Café at Yonge-Dundas Square.
Starting off with the new track of their debut album “Man Made Man,’ lead singer Brett Emmons took complete control of the stage, entrancing the entire audience. Indie rockers have long battled to captivate crowds, as their more often than not mellow tones and chill vibes leave the energy on dim. But these guys know how to put on a show.
Compared to their last performance in Toronto, where they opened for the Trews at the Danforth Music Hall, it was cool to see these guys in a different light, in an intimate light, where they controlled the room and crowd. Emmons has a natural charm that just holds on to fans’ heartstrings, and this genuine charisma is what kept this night going.The lyrical content that Emmons throws over the bands catchy hooks are deeply relatible, and they make no secret of the source of inspiration. Between songs, Emmons would break down verses and choruses, explaining where the themes came from, each one only realer than the next.
Emmons comes from an honest background. He left Halifax to join the band after dropping out of high school, which is what he wrote the song “White Noise” about, and he also wrote “Gordie” after reflecting on his anxiety and insecurity about his music.After they wrote the hit song “Mama,” he feared that nothing he wrote again would ever best that tune. But he overcame that obstacle, and now Emmons is looking more comfortable and confident than ever.
The aura in the room reflected just that. With a room filled with a supportive crowd, hanging on every lyric and chord that the band had to offer. Having such a small collection of songs made it difficult to keep the entire night going, and when they announced their last song, the crowd boo’d, looking for an encore. I’d call that negative reinforcement.
Story by Devin Size, photos by ftfphotography