anxiety conjured by the global shutdown. They shared a number of tracks but in his heart, Brett Emmons knew they did not represent the story he believes The Glorious Sons are here to tell.
“It was all quite negative,” he says. “It was nihilistic and a little bit too political. For me. I was spending a lot of time on my phone. It wasn’t something that I wanted to make my mark with. So we went back to the drawing board. I kept on writing.”
In the spring of 2022, The Glorious Sons headed to Nashville to spend six weeks recording alongside a big-name rock producer with an idea to capture the band’s unique camaraderie by tracking the whole thing live off the floor. Alas, “one thing led to another,” says Emmons, “and it was a failure, like watching a car crash in slow motion.”
“It was unbelievably demoralizing,” he says. “It probably took me a month after that to even just look at an instrument.”
Bowed but not broken, The Glorious Sons once again took a moment of adversity and turned it into a learning experience, an opportunity to recalibrate and adjust their immediate goals and overarching vision.
“It made me want to be a better producer,” Brett Emmons says. “It made me really focus on figuring out what I wanted to write about. It made me finally kind of accept some things I had spent a long time not trying to think about in my writing. And one of those things was that I am a sensitive person and also a very sentimental person. And there’s nothing wrong with that.”
In July 2022, The Glorious Sons convened at Emmons’ cottage home near Kingston, joined by Danish producer, composer, and musician Frederik Thaae, with whom they had partnered on both of their previous studio albums. Right away Emmons knew that the seeming endless winding road had led The Glorious Sons to exactly the place where they needed to be.
“It just felt like being back at home,” he says. “I basically told Frederik, I don’t know what was going through my mind for the last three years. I don’t know why I would ever fuck with this. Getting that connection back with him was an important feeling for me. It felt like I had a sparring partner again, the way I needed to.
“It was a real blast of humility. I think for a while we didn’t want to accept that we needed help, but the truth is that we really did. I needed somebody to get excited with me, I needed to be able to bounce stuff off somebody that I could trust.”
It is immediately clear that The Glorious Sons’ long labors were not remotely for naught. Glory is positively blazing with outsized melodies and heartfelt songcraft, all made indelible via Thaae and Emmons’ imaginative co-production and the band’s unstoppable performance. Weaving organic songcraft with intricately crafted electronic textures manifests something equal parts introspective and epic, a strikingly human music lit from within with uncommon emotional depth.
“I just wanted it to be huge,” Emmons says. “I wanted it to sound wide open, it wanted that that feeling of your chest being an open field. I wanted to be unapologetically ambitious.”