Brett Emmons of The Glorious Sons talks music, mentors and panties.
Kim Anderson: How long have you been playing together?
Brett Emmons: We’ve been playing together for about three years.
K: How did you all get together and form a band?
B: Andrew and Jay knew each other really well. Chris and Jay worked together, they were jamming in another band and weren’t really happy. Andrew and Adam were jamming in Andrew’s garage, they hooked up with Chris and Jay and the first night they played together they wrote a song and the rest is history.
At the time I was out east going to school, and to say the least it wasn’t going well. My brother called me and offered me a job and a place in the band. So I quit school and moved home a week later. I just woke up one day and quit everything.
K: You guys embrace the “everyman” image. Can you expand on that a little?
B: We all have great parents who worked their entire lives for their children. It needs to be cherished, thought about and appreciated. The working class is really interesting, just the dynamics of it all. We write about the lives that we’ve had and what we know.
K: That’s a cool idea. You see a lot of bands nowadays that play music that doesn’t reflect the lives their fans have.
B: Yeah, or their own. Some of them aren’t honest.
K: Everything has been happening very quickly for you guys. Did any of you see this coming?
B: No, it was kind of a whirlwind. We entered a couple contests and ended up winning them. John-Angus of the Trews offered to produce an album for us. We won another contest and other radio stations started picking our music up. All of a sudden from the east coast to the west coast we are getting played on the radio.
K: So John-Angus helped you guys a lot then?
B: Yeah he gave us our first break. He’s been a mentor to us. He’s a good voice to have in your ear. He can put things in perspective and calm you down. He’s been very helpful. His band won the radio contest that we won, maybe 10 years back. We wouldn’t have entered it if he hadn’t told us we should.
K: So 10 years from now, you guys can go back and mentor some other band?
B: Yeah, hopefully.
K: What’s the craziest thing you guys have seen at one of your shows?
B: Seen? Oh we’ve had a few things. We’ve had panties before.
K: I didn’t know people still did that.
B: Yeah. I’m pretty sure that it was, like, a 40-year-old…
K: Hey, panties are panties!
B: Yeah, panties are panties! We’ve also had mosh pits to “Mama,” which is not a moshing song. The funniest thing is when you get that guy after the show who is wasted and can’t quite express himself: “Dude man, I… uh… I… feel something.” You just start laughing because it’s endearing.
K: What advice would you give to young musicians today?
B: Keep your head down, work hard. Take every opportunity that you get. Keep writing music. Write your music. If it’s not working out, just keep doing it.
K: Anything you’d like to say to your fans?
B: Thank you. Thank you for keeping rock and roll alive.