There is no substitute for hard work. This is a lesson that Kingston, Ont. rock band The Glorious Sons have learned over the whirlwind that has been their lives over the last three years.
The group burst onto the Canadian music scene in 2013, courtesy of their Shapeless Art EP, which the band promoted with a seemingly incessant amount of touring from coast to coast.
Their relentless work ethic helped set the stage nicely for the release of their full-length debut album, The Union. Since the record’s release, the group not only nabbed Sirius XM Indie Awards for Group of the Year and Rock Group of the Year, their single “The Contender” became the first CanCon #1 single at Rock Radio in almost two years.
Leading up to the band’s performance at Moncton’s Tide & Boar Ballroom on Friday Nov. 20, one of 32 dates that comprise their Canadian tour, Glorious Sons vocalist Brett Emmons acknowledges the last few years have been a glorious blur in some respects.
“To go from being a band that is just finding their voice to selling out shows in the span of a few years is pretty amazing,” he says. “We truly believe we are doing what we were put on this earth to do. It has been a lot of hard work, but it makes these achievements we get along the way that much more gratifying.”
In the approximate 9 months the band was together before going into the studio to record the Shapeless Art EP, Emmons says the group kept busy playing shows playing shows throughout Ottawa, Kingston and Southern Ontario.
When it came time to head into the recording studio, the group enlisted the help of Trews guitarist John-Angus MacDonald. Despite feeling relatively confident at the outset of the recording process, Emmons says MacDonald quickly opened their eyes to the realities of making a record.
“Admittedly, I didn’t have a terrific grasp on the exact role of a producer before going into the studio. John-Angus brought a real professionalism to the whole process, helping shape the overall recording, but also opening our eyes to what is expected of a modern rock and roll band these days. He told us that once you have people tuned into your music, it’s important that you live up to what they are expecting from you,” Emmons says.
The group had such a good experience working with MacDonald for the making of Shapeless Art that when it came time to discuss who would help bring The Union to life, there weren’t really any options the band was interested in pursuing other than MacDonald.
“Going into the making of The Union, we felt infinitely more confident about our abilities as well as the songs themselves. I think it’s inevitable that you are going to second guess yourself, but overall, we learned to trust ourselves and go with what felt right. That involved letting things come together naturally instead of trying to force or rush something. I am so proud of what we accomplished with The Union.”
What: The Glorious Sons with special guests Poor Young Things and Northcote
When: Friday Nov. 20, 9 p.m.
Where: Tide & Boar Ballroom, 700 Main St., Moncton
Tickets are $18. Advance tickets are available online at www.tideandboar.com