The Glorious Sons
Canadian Rockers Take New Album on the Road
Story by Kris Ketonen, Photo by Matt Barnes
It’s fair to say the recording of Glory, the new album from The Glorious Sons, wasn’t exactly a simple process. It was, however, certainly a worthwhile one. “I think it's the most Glorious Sons record to date,” Jay Emmons, guitarist and vocalist, says. “I think we took a few chances on this one,” he adds. “It’s a little bit rootsier. It probably doesn’t live in the hard rock world as much as some of our other stuff does, but I think everybody's super proud of it.” Glory has its roots in the COVID-19 pandemic, Emmons says, and the band’s efforts to be productive. “We would basically block out these recording sessions for weeks at a time,” he says. “I think we ended up cataloguing about 35 songs from that period. None of them were really meeting the mark for [lead singer Brett Emmons], except for a handful.” The band, Jay says, went to Nashville to work with producer Jacquire King, who’s worked with such artists as Kings of Leon, Tom Waits, Buddy Guy, and Shania Twain. “It just didn't feel right, right from the beginning,” he says. “It wasn't a great fit for us, or for Jacquire, I don't think.” So The Glorious Sons decided to cut their losses, and brought in Danish producer Frederik Thaae, who the band had worked with before. “We had a great rapport with him,” Emmons says. “All of a sudden these songs just started coming out of Brett, and he was inspired, happy, and Fred was kind of leading the charge for everybody.” And while Glory may sound a bit different than other Glorious Sons releases, Emmons wouldn’t have it any other way. “I think that the main goal with any project that Glorious Sons works on is that it’s not going down the path that we’ve been down before,” he says. “It’s kind of breaking new ground, exploring a new sound.” The Glorious Sons play the Thunder Bay Community Auditorium on November 25. For more information, visit theglorioussons.com.