There is a mechanic shop in the heart of industrial Kingston. It stands in the corner of a dead end surrounded by dead trees and mangy strays of all kinds. There, lies their dream; In each graceless poster covering the walls, in the stained carpet beneath their feet, in the empty cases of Pabst that jingle to the vibration of their melodies. They are The Glorious Sons, a Canadian rock band, defined by their music and inspired by the day to day grind. They are the everyman band, with a passion for portraying the lost romance of liquor, women and rock and roll.
The band was formed eighteen months ago as a four piece and was quickly changed to a five piece with the addition of lead singer Brett Emmons. The band is made up of of Jay on the lead guitar, Adam on the drums, Andrew on guitar and vocals and Chris on the bass and Brett on keyboard and lead vocals. Using the money they earned from the first few months of shows, The Sons recorded their first demo with talented Sound Engineer Duncan Holt.
On a whim, Adam Paquette entered the tunes into the Whiskey Rocks Showdown, which consisted of over seventy Ontario bands. Rigorous voting by their extremely loyal friends, family and fans, allowed the band to make the top three, which sent them Barrie to compete against two other groups in a live showcase. Members of The Trews, John Angus Macdonald, and Jack Spyrek judged the event. The boys proved victorious in front of their heroes. The prize package was worth five thousand dollars but the real kicker came when John Angus approached the band and expressed interest in working with them. John Angus, who became their producer, took the boys to Newmarket and they recorded their first single “Mama”, with highly recommended Engineer, Nick Detorro. Both Detorro and John Angus would both work on the rest of their Ep.
After a strong winter of playing shows in Toronto and Kingston, the band was united with inspired manager, and “sixth member of the band”, Jordan Howard. He had the work ethic and ambition that the band needed in a leader. Howard worked closely with John Angus and others, and advised the boys to enter the highly acclaimed competition, Rocksearch, hosted by 97.7 Hitz Fm. The Sons beat out hundreds of bands across Ontario and won the event, just as The Trews had done10 years earlier. The prize package for winning was worth over 15,000 dollars. But the chance to open for Finger Eleven, The Trews, The Poor Young Things and Gloryhound at the Biggs and Barr BBQ , not to mention that their single was to be played in regular rotation on 97.7 HTZ FM, proved to outweigh the money. They played a strong show in front of thousands of fans and it was by far their biggest show to date. Two days later, the single boomed to #1 in the first week, causing an onslaught of support in the Niagara- St Catherines region. Money has proved useless compared to the support that they have gained from personalities in the industry.
The future for the band is bright. Their first EP will be released in September and they are beginning to gain fan support across Canada and will be touring the east coast come the fall. The band currently resides in Kingston and they continue to jam atop the mechanic shop where they began. They continue to write songs and play as often as possible. As their dreams become a reality, they still understand the importance of keeping their lives afloat. They continue to wake early in the morning for the daily grind and at five pm, you can count on that old Nissan truck pulling into the lot, followed by three others. Five men will get out; make their way to the corner of Jay’s house and united by their goals and day to day lives, they will continue to preach the lost romance of liquor, women and rock and roll.