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Airbourne, the Glorious Sons, Flash Lightnin'
Tue, Sep 23


Time: 9 p.m,



 - Joel O'Keeffe - vocals/lead guitar
- David Roads - guitar
- Justin Street - bass
- Ryan O'Keeffe - drums

Lethbridge, AB. – Australia’s Rock N Roll juggernaut Airbourne mark their return to Canadian soil with a tour spanning from the Pacific – straight through to the Atlantic. Renowned for their high energy, sweat drenched, speaker blowing and alcohol fueled live shows – Airbourne is the epitome of what Rock N Roll was built on and is excited to once again bring the fury to their Canadian fans.

Those who’ve experienced the raw power of an Airbourne performance can attest to the sheer insanity of it all – ask those in attendance for the bands legendary performance at the 2010 Heavy MTL Festival in Montreal – that entailed lead singer Joel O’Keeffe’ festival signature – climbing the trusses of the four story stage for a guitar solo.

With multiple Top 5 radio singles, Canada became the first country globally to deliver the band their first ever #1 Rock Radio single in 2013′s “Live It Up,” off the bands current release Black Dog Barking. Add to this, countless sold out shows along the way, an unwavering fan base, an epic live performance and it’s safe to say – Canada is ready for the onslaught of Rock N Roll that will be rolling through this fall!


Flash Lightnin’

Darren Glover, Darcy Yates

For the Sinners, Flash Lightnin’s second full-length effort is the antithesis to the aural pablum that passes for modern rock today.

It’s a tale of addiction—whether a reliance on drugs, sex, or the affection of the wrong person—and how the afflicted exist one slip from the edge.

On the track, Darren Glover (guitars/vocals), Darcy Yates (bass), and producer Gavin Brown (who does double duty on the record, both twiddling the knobs and pummeling the drums) sound as ruthless and unyielding as a junkie with a serious jones. But it’s the infectious “On the Radio” that reveals Flash Lightnin’s game plan: to reach as many music fans as possible.

Glover and Yates formed Flash Lightnin’ in 2007. In the early days, the band maintained a mid-week residency at Toronto’s Dakota Tavern. Each week, music fans crowded the basement bar to witness Glover’s mesmerizing guitar work as the band blistered through sets of obscure classic rock.

In 2008, the group dropped Destello. This quick and dirty EP introduced the band’s own brand of “bad-ass-sludge-boogie” and captured its killer live show in a physical format.The strength of that recording earned Flash Lightnin’ opening slots for the likes of Eagles of Death Metal, Metric, and Grace Potter and the Nocturnals, and even accolades from Glover’s idol, ZZ Top’s Billy Gibbons.

In 2010, the band teamed up with Metric’s Jimmy Shaw to produce its full-length eponymous debut. A more refined effort, Flash Lightnin’ garnered radio plays around the globe, and its hemi-powered title cut appears in blockbuster movies such as Thor, Sherlock Holmes 2: A Game of Shadows, and the Schwarzenegger comeback flick, The Last Stand.

This success has only made them hungry for more. They enlisted Gavin Brown to produce. Brown pushed the band members to dig deep, refine their songwriting, and accept only the highest standard. The new album delivers, with stadium-ready bangers

(“Last Breath”), stripped-down acoustic ballads (“Hard Feelings”), and working-class anthems (“Born With Money”) that reveal the band’s far-reaching influences and its commercial viability.

The songs are aggressive, succinct, and delivered straight from the gut. The record bristles with intensity. It’s the sound of three killer musicians pushing the envelope and playing like their lives depend on it; the result is electrifying.

One listen and it’s obvious that Flash Lightnin’ aren’t willing to settle for good enough, almost there, or second best. And neither should you.


Glorious Sons

There is a mechanic shop in the heart of industrial Kingston - it’s tucked in the corner of a dusty cul-de-sac, surrounded by dead trees and rusted out machinery. That’s where The Glorious Sons call home. Having burst onto the scene in 2013 by winning the HTZ-FM Rocksearch and following that up with two top-10 Active Rock singles (“Mama” #6, “White Noise” #2), this band’s ascent in the world of Canadian music has been quick and well-deserved. They are the next generation of great Canadian rock to emerge from the Lime Stone City.

The Glorious Sons are an everyman band, telling real stories from a blue-collar perspective. They hit their stride with their new album, “The Union”, a collection of honest and heartfelt songs touching on themes of life, love, passion, loss and redemption. Vocalist/lyricist Brett Emmons is one of the strongest new voices in Canadian rock, backed by a lush, loud and powerful soundtrack supplied by guitarists Jay Emmons & Andrew Young, and the rhythm section comprised of Adam Paquette (Drums) & Chris Huot (Bass).

After recording their debut EP (“Shapeless Art”, 2013) with The Trews’ John-Angus MacDonald, they paired up once again to produce the lions share of “The Union”. John-Angus imparted a level of song-craftsmanship and experience that the band found invaluable. The results speak for themselves with an eclectic and cohesive collection of songs including the fist-pumping drivers “Hard Times” and “The Contender”, the epic “Lover Under Fire”, the chaotic title track “The Union” and the beautifully crafted album closer, “Amigo”.

“Working with John-Angus has been the honour of my life,” says singer Brett Emmons. “When you are able to push and pull with a hero of yours as well as listen and be heard, you get perspective on yourself and on your dreams.”

In addition to John-Angus’ contribution, the band also worked with famed Canadian super-producer Gavin Brown on two tracks – the lead single, “Heavy” and the hopeful full-band ballad titled “Lightning”. The album also features re-mastered versions of the band’s two previous top ten singles, “Mama” and “White Noise”. The album was mixed by Werner F and Gus van Go.

“With this album, I wanted to create a feeling of nostalgia that would make people look back and wonder what they had missed,” says Emmons. “When I picked up my first guitar, I couldn’t help but sing. When I started singing, I couldn’t help but write. All I want is for people to hear this album, because I feel like we’ve been writing it our whole lives.”

The real power and beauty of these songs comes to life on a live level. The Glorious Sons are quickly becoming known for their energetic and unrelenting live shows – vocalist Brett Emmons has an uncanny ability to win over a crowd no matter what the size – small club or festival headline, this band engages their fans in a way few acts can.

Even with all that has happened in the last eighteen months, the band has stayed true to its blue-collar roots. You can still find them jamming above that same dusty mechanics shop. They’re unabashedly honest and real which is what is most endearing about them to their fans. That’s a characteristic they will carry with as they travel across Canada and around the world sharing their music with anyone who will listen.
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