People get married for many different reasons, with each case brimming with optimism and joy even though the harsh statistics suggest that many will fail. In “Kill The Lights” the Canadian rock group The Glorious Sons describe the story of one such ill-fated romance, set against a healthy dose of hard-hitting rock music with a pop flair.
The Kingston, Ontario group’s story in “Kill The Lights” encapsulates the raw energy of someone who found himself in a marriage for the wrong reasons. Lead vocalist Brett Emmons lays out the situation in the song’s first verse as he writes, “We got married and I don’t remember/ I just kinda surrendered/ Because I didn’t want the summer to end.”
It’s a common occurrence with two people trying to capture lightning in a bottle when the truth is the romance lacks longevity. Emmons makes note of the growing resentment that leads to the breakup: “We were young bloods searching for something/ spent youth on the dream of love… now I’m running from the things that we were dreaming of.”
The song’s explosive chorus reflects a release of pent up energy and the subsequent feeling of being set free from a life of bitterness. In perhaps the most telling lyrics, he writes, “I’m coming undone/ I’m not even here when I’m not gone… kill the lights and baby right this wrong.” The screaming guitar solo and Emmons’ fierce vocals toward the end of the track see the emotional release come to full fruition before subsiding for the song’s ending.
“Kill The Lights” has been advertised as a teaser for an upcoming album, but it does much more than simply hold audiences’ attention while we wait for more material to be released. The song tells a poignant tale with inspired delivery and a catchiness that will help it stay in listeners’ minds long after listening. If this song is just a preview of what’s to come from The Glorious Sons, we should all be anxiously awaiting the new album.
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