Birmingham, Alabama four piece, Lee Bains III and the Glory Fires are set to return to the UK August 2018. The Glory Fires’ music draws deeply from punk, but also soul, power pop, country, and gospel with a strong socio-political message on their third album ‘Youth Detention’.
UNCUT magazine recently compared them to the best of Drive By Truckers Southern epic songs and says “Bains admits the influences of Britsh bands like The Kinks, Jam and Blur but also 80s college rockers such as The Primitons, Let’s Active and REM”
Their songs are deeply rooted in Bains’ experience of his hometown. Youth Detention depicts a Southern city in the decades surrounding the turn-of-the-millennium: in the throes of white flight, urban disinvestment, racial tension, class struggle, gentrification, gender policing, homophobia, xenophobia, religious fervor, deindustrialization, and economic upheaval.
The lyrics could ring true anywhere, though. The South exists in the world and, like the South, the world is increasingly beholden to many of these same tensions and forces. The songs on Youth Detention are meant as small acts of resistance to those systems. Documenting minor moments — the refusal to sit quietly through a display of bigotry, the act of quieting down and listening to somebody’s struggle, sticking up for friends targeted for their difference — that, hopefully, serve as the beginnings of a more profound awakening.
Lee Bains III & the Glory Fires are returning to Europe for more festivals and shows in August and Sept 2018 for one of the best live shows you will ever hear with one of the strongest messages.