- 2018 Juno Award Winner - Rock Album of the Year
- New Album “Young Beauties and Fools” debuted #8 on the Albums chart and #5 on the Digital Albums chart
- New single “Everything Is Alright” has over 3.6-million streams in Canada the band’s first #1 at the Alternative format approaching Gold-certified status
- “Everything Is Alright” featured on Sportsnet’s season opening broadcast for The Toronto Blue Jays (view)
- Feature interview and stripped down performance on CBC’s q (view)
- Sold out Rogers K-Rock Centre in Kingston in less than a day, nearly 6,000 tickets sold
- 2017 Canadian tour 100% sold-out, over 19,000 tickets sold including 4 sold-out shows at The Phoenix in Toronto
- To date: 9 consecutive top-6 rock singles over 150k spins equating to an audience of nearly 320M impressions
- To date: Over 37,000 albums and EPs sold Nearly 120,000 singles sold Over 21M streams in Canada alone
- To date: Songs from “The Union” (2015) spent 79 weeks on the top-10 and 24 weeks in the top-3
- Toured over 350 dates in North America on The Union album cycle 2015 Canadian headline tour sold-out
- “Josie” currently at #2 and climbing on Mediabase’s Rock Big Picture chart
- “Everything Is Alright” hits at #1 Alternative and #4 Active in Canada
- “Everything Is Alright” and “Kill The Lights” singles both rank amongst the top-40 most-played tracks in 2017 on rock
- Organic cross-over CHR and Hot AC radio play Edmonton, Calgary, Saskatoon, Regina and more
- #8 Most-Played Artist - Rock (2017 Billboard) #5 Most-Played Artist - Rock (2015 Billboard)
- Adds on over 30 Alternative and 12 Triple-A stations nationally in the US, charting at #30 Added to Triple-M alternative radio in Australia, SWR3 & Bayern3 in Germany Kerrang! Radio UK Feature airplay on BBC Radio 1 and Virgin Radio UK
AWARDS & PLACEMENTS
- 2018 Juno Award Winner for “Rock Album of the Year”
- 2015 Juno Award Nominee for “Rock Album of the Year”
- 2015 SiriusXM Indie Award Winners for “Group of the Year” and “Rock Group of the Year”
- Marquee sync placements with WWE and UFC in 2015
"Young Beauties and Fools" The Glorious Sons' second full-length album, Young Beauties & Fools, is all about honesty.
More specifically, it's about exploring the adventures (and frequent misadventures) of main songwriter Brett Emmons in the truest way. It's also an album where The Glorious Sons — rounded out by Brett's older brother Jay Emmons (guitar), Chris Koster (guitar), Adam Paquette (drums) and Chris Huot (bass) — capture all the listlessness and confusion of young adulthood in 10 doses of modern rock.
"It's basically the story of a 24-year-old kid," says Brett. "They're simple songs about alcoholism and the mostly autobiographical story of my life. The whole thing is derived from the thoughts, actions and feelings of a kid who doesn't really know himself and the consequences of those actions."
Glorious Sons' hardscrabble tales come naturally. A high-spirited rock band with blue collar roots, they truly found themselves when Brett quit school in 2013 to join them as lead singer. Subsequent years of hard touring and hard partying — sometimes in places so sketchy, as Brett puts it, "There was no electricity in the building" — provided fuel for the songs on Young Beauties & Fools.
"It's me writing about the things I've done, the things that have happened to me and my family, and the things that I thinka bout," says Brett.
Whether it's the rock 'n' roll bender "My Poor Heart," the not-so-classic boy-meets-girl story of "Josie," or the deeply embarrassing punch-up at a wedding tale "Everything Is Alright," Brett's songwriting deftly explores the imperfect humanity of both himself and the many characters he introduces over the course of the album.
It wasn't easy to capture that realness. The band wanted to range further, to grow and evolve from the successes of 2014's The Union album. That record was an immediate hit on the Canadian radio rock landscape. Glorious Sons scored seven consecutive Top 10 rock radio tracks, won two SiriusXM Indie Awards (Group of the Year and Rock Group of the Year) and received a Juno Award nomination in 2015 for Rock Album of the Year.
Eighteen months of recording fits and starts led the band to Los Angeles to work with production team Fast Friends (Frederik Thaae, Ryan Spraker, Tom Peyton). It wasn't until they started exploring a collection of old voice memos on Brett's phone that they had their eureka moment. The subsequent creative outburst resulted in an album written in 12 days and recorded in 14.
"It was our first time working with these guys in the studio and we were still kinda feeling each other out," says Brett. "There were times when it almost felt like a blind date. And we had been in the studio with a couple of other producers prior to that and went home empty handed. So after a few lukewarm conversations about ideas, I said to them, ‘Boys, can I show you something?' I took out my iPhone and played ‘Josie' and they just went fucking nuts. They wanted us to challenge ourselves as players and songwriters and pushed me to write from personal experience. After that, the hardest part of recording was choosing which songs to keep for the album. I'm forever grateful to them for teaching me to trust myself as a writer and help find that voice."
There should be lots of opportunities to see Glorious Sons play the songs from Young Beauties & Fools. By their count the band has driven across Canada "at least 10 times" and played upwards of 300 shows to support their last album. "You don't know what you're going to get night to night from us," says Jay. "It's something you have to see and it's interesting and powerful."
"It's also an inch from either side of falling off the tracks every single night," adds Brett.
Which is perfectly fitting for a band living young and foolish.