Lee Bains III

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Lee Bains is not a man who shies away from expressing his feelings. That might turn off some people, especially in his native Alabama, where Bains squares right up to many issues that he feels has been plaguing the region for years. Bains’ music has a passion that many acts would die for, but in person he is one of the most genuine and welcoming individuals you’ll meet in the music industry. Youth Detention will be out on 6/30/17 via the fine folks at Don Giovanni. The lead track, Underneath The Sheets of White Noise is a fucking brilliant track. Bains sounds like Patterson, when he is super pissed off. And that my friends is a good thing.

“We’re an independent band from a very peculiar place that’s trying to engage with the history of the region as it pertains to race, religion, class, gender, and the rest,” explains Bains. “The area where we’re from — the Piedmont South — is a place where a lot of vernacular musical forms from converging communities co-mingled. And that co-mingling upset the existing social orders. We’re trying to reclaim those musical moments as acts of cultural resistance.”

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If you follow Lee Bains on Twitter, you’ll know that he is a vocal proponent for social change and justice. His passion is unquestioned and he’s turned that passion into his new 7″. Some info on the track is below. For good measure I included a video of them doing Dirt Track with Jam In The Van because I thought it’s hysterical that somebody tried to contain all that energy in a wee old van.

“The song “Sweet Disorder!” is about disrupting systems that have proven to fall short of, if not completely undermine, their purported missions (e.g., criminal justice, mental health, the church, language) for the sake of realigning them with those missions. The song developed out of months spent revisiting the Objectivist poets, binging on early Clash albums, and observing the Atlanta actions surrounding the deaths of Michael Brown, Eric Garner and other unarmed people of color. The song is the first completed work in a group of songs, tentatively titled Juvenile Detention, aimed at investigating questions of socialization, youth, identity, law, privilege, religion, culture, place, causality and memory.”

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I’ll admit that I was little shocked when Sub Pop signed Lee Bains III & The Glory Fires. He seemed destined for New West or Bloodshot. So would the music sound different for the man who brought Texas to their knees?

Short answer is no? Deconstructed sounds like a Lee Bains show. Guitars sit front and center, with Eric Wallace practically soloing throughout the album. It will end and you’ll be slightly disoriented. And if you listen to it loud enough, you can get your ears to ring like they do after a Glory Fires show.

Is it any good? Yeah, its a damn good rock and roll album owing as much to his Southern heritage as it does to the punk rock ethos. Bains clearly loves Alabama but he isn’t blind to its problems. He questions racism in We Defend Our Rights in a haze of distortion with the rhythm section steadily pushing the track forward. On The Weeds Downtown, Bains digs into some of the issues that are slowing his beloved Birmingham down in its recovery, specifically the political clusterfuck that affects all cities; never losing sight of the love he has for his hometown.

The albums finishes with two choice tracks in Mississippi Bottomland and Dirt Track. They cap a great album by a band doing the South proud. Their celebration of its heritage and their willingness to question the stereotypical south is what makes Deconstructed such a quality listen.

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The band that was too loud for Texas is back with a new album called Deconstructed. It will be out on May 27th on Sub Pop.

Lee Bains III & The Glory Fires are a HearYa favorite. They were #10 on our 2012 Top 50 with There’s A Bomb In Gilead and we haven’t stopped listening since.

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Lee Bains III & The Glory Fires – There Is A Bomb In Gilead [Album Review]

May 17, 2012

I recently delved into the Twitter world and found some of it fascinating and useful; other parts contrived and nonsensical. But I have Twitter to thank for finding Lee Bains III & The Glory Fires when The Futurebirds tweeted about how they were the best thing since sliced bread. While I still might be partial […]

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