This September, Canadian rockers The Glorious Sons — comprised of Brett Emmons (vocals), Jay Emmons, Chris Koster (guitars), Adam Paquette (drums), Chris Huot (bass), and Josh Hewson (Keys) — released their new studio LP A War On Everything, BMG/Black Box.
Recorded at North of Princess studios in their hometown of Kingston, ON alongside producer Frederik Thaae (Kate Nash, Atlas Genius), the record is more vulnerable than past efforts, touching on subjects including anxiety and depression and even a pervasive feeling of isolation and loneliness often felt in the modern age.
“I think these days we all walk around over-stimulated, over-dependent, addicted, yearning for some magic way to isolate ourselves from the world and still be loved,” says Brett. “The War on Everything is essentially a war within yourself that you fight forever, and I don’t think there’s much of a choice to it at all.”
A War On Everything peaked at No. 13 on Billboard’s Canadian Albums chart.
To celebrate their latest era, brothers Brett and Jay Emmons put together a "counter culture" mix dedicatd to the rock n'roll, metal and rap tracks that first captivated them, including cuts by Jimi Hendrix, Tupac, Pantera, The Tragically Hip and more. Brett selected the first ten, while Jay rounded out the final tracks.
Give the playlist a spin below.
“As you can see I went through many phases growing up, and I think it would have probably been impossible to stick to one genre in the '90s and early 2000’s,” Brett says. “The Rock and Roll our parents grew up with wasn’t as prevalent in some households, and definitely not in the mainstream, but it was always hanging over everything for me. I loved the power, the emotion, the sex, the danger.”
But it was never all about rock n’ roll for the musicians. “Fittingly, I made my way through a lot of rap and metal artists as well, but eventually landed right back in my garage trying to impersonate the monsters of electric guitar and bloody rasp,” he adds. "One thing I knew growing up as a fan of many different types of counter culture was this: “That fucking 'Blue' song sucked, and it still does.”