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The Glorious Sons to bring folk-rock rhythm to Gasa Gasa

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This Sunday, Canadian rock band The Glorious Sons is bringing its unique brand of gritty alternative rock & roll to Gasa Gasa. The band is currently touring following the release of its second studio album, “Young Beauties and Fools.”

While the name “The Glorious Sons” likely doesn’t ring many bells with American audiences, the band has established a considerable reputation for itself in Canada, possessing a cult following and 8 consecutive top-10 rock radio hits.

Recent tracks “Everything is Alright” and “Kill the Lights” in particular have garnered significant media attention; the songs peaked at #1 and #2 on the Canadian rock radio charts following their respective releases, the latter receiving high praise from BBC radio and numerous prominent Canadian stations.

The Glorious Sons’ recent success comes as no surprise to anyone familiar with the band’s music. Combining gritty soul and authentic lyrics within a distinct rock framework, the Ontario five-piece’s music evokes classic rock, alternative and folk vibes.

In a recent interview with The Hullabaloo, lead singer and main lyricist Brett Emmons spoke on the maturation he experienced during the time between the band’s first and second albums.

“Obviously I’ve changed over that time. I definitely think my views as a human being have changed,” Emmons said. “At 21 I was really struggling to pay rent and figure out who the hell I was. At 24 or 25, it was more about drugs, and humanity and people’s real stories, trying to portray them with as much passion and responsibility as possible.”

The authenticity and relatability of The Glorious Sons’ songwriting serves only to make the band’s songs that much more memorable. Emmons’ personal musical interests have influenced his style and approach.

“I’m fascinated with storytelling. To me, at least, it speaks the most. I grew up with Bruce Springsteen, Jackson Brown, classic rock bands like Lynyrd Skynyrd, loving them and dreaming of playing electric guitar and riffing solos, y’know?”

Of the band’s current fame and potential rise to large-scale stardom, Emmons is forthcoming and genuine in his pride in the band.

“Would I love to be Bob Dylan? Of course. But I’m pretty proud of who we are and what we’ve been able to do so far, and it’s not going to change the fact that I’m going to keep on striving to be a great songwriter.”

Whether or not you’re familiar with the band’s music yet, The Glorious Sons’ live performance this Sunday at Gasa Gasa is not one to miss. Tickets are $10 in advance and $12 at the door.

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The Glorious Sons to bring folk-rock rhythm to Gasa Gasa