By Trevor Morelli
CALGARY – It’s been just over a year since The Glorious Sons released their sophomore album Young Beauties and Fools (2017 Black Box/BMG) and the band is still riding an awesome high.
The Kingston, Ontario rockers have taken the record around the world but their hometown show in the same venue where The Tragically Hip played their final gig stands out as one of the most memorable.
“The K-Rock Centre (editor’s note: now Leon’s Centre), our hometown show, to play the arena and feel the buzz on the streets the day of the show and then to feel the kind of quiet, ghost-town like feeling the day afterwards was pretty amazing,” remarks frontman Brett Emmons.
Young Beauties and Fools also earned the band the Juno award for Rock Album of the Year earlier this year, but it’s not something Emmons thinks about.
“It’s an honor, we’re very happy about that. I mean, I don’t think about it though at all. It’s not special in that sense,” he notes. “It was exciting for my parents. It was exciting for my best friends, for the people that I love, and it was exciting for me too, but it wasn’t, you know, this ‘we made it’ moment.”
The Glorious Sons continue that sentiment of making it own their own this fall when they will play some of their biggest indoor shows yet on their cross Canada S.O.S. Tour. The trek wraps up with an ambitious headlining show at Scotiabank Arena in Toronto, but Emmons isn’t thinking about that gig just yet.
“It’s not the biggest show ever, but it’s like the biggest indoor show we’ve done off of our own backs,” he says. “I’ll get nervous probably the week leading up to it. I’m pretty nervous in general but it’s too far away to think about that right now.”
Once the tour is over, the group – rounded out by guitarist/vocalist Jay Emmons, vocalist/guitarist Chris Koster, drummer/vocalist Adam Paquette and bassist Chris Huot – plans to hit the studio in the New Year to test out some new material. Only time will tell if those sessions produce any songs worth releasing.
“I think January we’re going to get in and at least just see where it goes. That doesn’t mean that we’ll be recording the album. I think, if anything, we learned that you can’t force it,” explains Emmons.
“You gotta wait ‘til you feel that feeling and strike while the iron’s hot. But you can’t go in there and try to make magic out of nothing.”
Emmons says the band used to have odd squabble, but now The Glorious Sons function as an incredibly tight unit.
“It’s been seven years of this band. We’ve been on tours when where we’re all psychotic partiers. It worked out, but I mean you get a lot more tired,” he enlightens.
“I think that we’re really good at this. We don’t really have any problems. Me and my brother used to fight a lot when we were both constantly drunk, but we don’t fight any more. We’re all really tight. We just keep getting better and better at it. I mean, it’s kind of scary. I feel like things are going too good.”
The Glorious Sons play November 7 at Revolution Place (Grand Prairie), November 8 at Canalta Centre (Medicine Hat), November 9 at MacEwan Hall (Calgary), November 13 at Enmax Centre (Lethbridge), November 14 at Conexus Centre (Regina), November 15 at TCU Place (Saskatoon), and November 17 at Burton Cummings Theatre (Winnipeg).Burton Cummings Theatre, Canalta Centre, Conexus Centre, Enmax Centre, MacEwan Hall, Revolution Place, TCU Place, The Glorious Sons