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The Glorious Sons + The Beaches @ The Commodore Ballroom – November 3rd 2018

Canadian rock badn The Glorious Sons performing at The Commodore Ballroom in Vancouver, BC on November 3rd 2018

Canadian rock band The Glorious Sons have been on the rise for the past couple of year, ever since the release of their third studio album Young Beauties and Fools.

Over the weekend they brought their current tour to the fabulous Commodore Ballroom and played a two-night stint that solidified their status in the hearts of those in attendance.

Opening the shows was Toronto alt-rock outfit The Beaches. This four-piece, all-female has also been flying high ever since their 2018 Juno Award win for “Breakthrough Group of the Year”.

I was in attendance on the second night of the Vancouver stop and was left overwhelmingly happy about both the bands’ performances.

The Beaches brought jangly guitar riffs and punchy baselines accentuated by the serene vocal work of lead singer Jordan Miller. Her voice resonated through the venue and left many staring in awe, waiting for a break to reciprocate with voracious applause. The group as a whole was cohesive and fun loving but carried a good bit of that badass rocker attitude throughout their set.

Musician Jordan Miller of The Beaches performing at The Commodore Ballroom in Vancouver, BC on November 3rd, 2018

I went into their display with an appreciation for their great songwriting but left with an eagerness to see them again very soon.

They are a truly talented group of musicians.

After the opening bands set, a portion of the audience left.  It was maybe about ten percent of those in attendance. I guess they had been there just to see the openers.

Soon, The Glorious Sons stepped out on to the stage.

Their band lead Brett Emmons was last to enter. He walked out in an orange tracksuit with a bit of a glazed look on his face. The group had obviously been enjoying their time in Vancouver.

Without too much hesitation, the delved into their set.

Singer Brett Emmons of The Glorious Sons performing at The Commodore Ballroom in Vancouver, BC on November 3rd, 2018

It dripped with rock n roll from every pore.

Emmons emotional and lightly gravelled voice was firmly backed by a commanding guitar set by way of Jay Emmons and Chris Koster. The thick bass of Chris Huot and the deep rhythm of Adam Paquette on drums added the anthemic pulse to every song. All while the peppering of piano from Josh Hewson textured the night.

It was a well-oiled machine that managed to be completely in the moment.

Brett ran around the stage with a staggering motion but never looked off-kilter. His movement was mischievous and his heart pure. The music had control of his body and he let it take him without ever looking back.

Somehow this felt like a hometown show.

It felt like a bunch of really close friends taking over a larger-than-normal venue and just having a great time together. But this was a group of fans and a dedicated band with a genuine love for one another just relishing in the moment.

If you get a chance to catch either of these bands, I would strongly urge you to make the effort to see them.

Both of their status’ is going to continue to climb, making chances at intimate shows like these much more limited in their future.

The Glorious Sons and The Beaches are carrying the torch for exciting new bands in the Canadian landscape.

I want to thank both of the groups for a stellar night.

I hope to see you again, very soon.

The Glorious Sons Setlist
S.O.S. (Sawed Off Shotgun)
White Noise
Mama
The Union
My Poor Heart
Baby
Josie
Hide My Love
Shapeless Art
Sometimes on a Sunday
Heavy
Gimme Shelter (The Rolling Stones cover)
Kill the Lights
Gordie
Everything Is Alright

Encore:
Praise You (Fatboy Slim cover)
Godless, Graceless And Young
Ruby

Photos © Jamie Taylor // Cryptic Photography

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