Lee Bains III & The Glory Fires

Lee Bains III & The Glory Fires

Desir Decir, Basic Bitches

Wed, August 2, 2017

Doors: 7:30 pm / Show: 8:30 pm

$10.00 - $12.00

Lee Bains III & The Glory Fires
Lee Bains III & The Glory Fires
On June 30th, Don Giovanni Records will release Youth Detention///(Nail My Feet Down to the South Side of Town), the third full-length album by Lee Bains III & the Glory Fires.

Call it Youth Detention for short.

A double LP spanning 17 songs, it is the band's most ambitious work to date -- a sprawling and visceral record given to both deep introspection and high-volume spiritual uplift.

Where The Glory Fires' previous LP Dereconstructed (2014) sought to dismantle one-dimensional notions of Southern identity and culture, Youth Detention has a similar, but more personal intent. "It's about dismantling myself and the narratives that I've taken on," explains Bains. "It's an examination of youth and the processes through which we begin to consider ourselves, our identities, and what various communities we belong to or are in tension with." Often, the songs detail moments in which cultural boundaries and biases become apparent -- scenes in which systems of privilege and oppression become visible, particularly as they relate to race, class, and gender. Everyday settings -- a church, a ballpark, a cafeteria -- are revisited again and again, to explore these fleeting moments of revelation from different perspectives and roles. It's a record defined by accumulation. Stories, images, and thoughts pile up to create confusion and cacophony in the narrative.


Recorded in Nashville, Tennessee at Battletapes with engineer Jeremy Ferguson and producer Tim Kerr, Youth Detention captures the band in raw form. Each song was cut live to tape, with the four performing in the same room without headphones or baffling. The result is thoroughly human, Lynn Bridges' mix retaining the band's live energy and looseness at the expense of a few out of tune strings. The Glory Fires' music draws deeply from punk, but also soul, power pop, country, and gospel. It's equal parts careful curation and geographic inheritance. "It's the sound of my place," says Bains. "I want to know it. I want to argue with it. I don't want to be a band from anywhere that could be doing anything. For me, that's what punk is about -- figuring out who I am and how to be the best version of myself. I can't do that by pretending to be something I'm not."

The songs are deeply rooted in Bains' experience of his hometown, Birmingham, AL. 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.
Desir Decir
Desir Decir
We're a band from Jersey City/Union City. We play rock and roll music and we want to play for you.
Basic Bitches
Basic Bitches
City Slackers is a cathartic 13-song collection from the ferocious, hard-hitting two piece, Basic Bitches. Formed in 2014 by prolific singer/guitarist Naomi Scott (a current Brooklyn resident who hails from London) with the intention of creating a more visceral musical outlet, Basic Bitches came to life with the addition of drummers Josh McCartney and Nick D'Amore (the latter plays in the current line-up, when he's not pounding the skins with New Jersey's Overlake).

Scott often finds inspiration in quotidian subject matter ("Summer In The City," "Comes The Dawn") at times weaving it into evocative commentary that speaks to broader societal ills ("We All Moved To The City Now We Can't Afford To Live") from an outsider's perspective ("Mass Shootings and Donald Trump," "Fighter") maintaining a wry sense of humor ("Come On Brenda, It's the 90's for Chrissakes," "Cross Your Eyes and Jump") all the while.

City Slackers is an immersive experience that will transport the listener to a mosh pit in a rock club; this is not music to be played on headphones while plugging away at work, or after popping a Xanax with the intent to chill. These are heart-on-their sleeve anthems for the isolated and disenfranchised, those looking to exuberantly belt along with Naomi Scott's formidable howl and sweat it out to Nick D'Amore's pummeling percussion.
Venue Information:
Monty Hall
43 Montgomery St.
Jersey City, NJ, 07302
http://wfmu.org/montyhall