Lee Bains III & The Glory Fires //Alabama Black Snakes dk
Lee Bains III & The Glory Fires (US) + Alabama Black Snakes (dk)
Saturday 10th February 2018
Doors open 20.00
Presale :60 Kr - PRESALE STOPS AT 19.45 - AFTER THAT, ITS TIX AT THE DOOR https://billetto.dk/en/e/lee-bains-iii-the-glory-fires-us-support-tickets-236143
Door :80 Kr
Lee Bains III & The Glory Fires (US)
The real Alabama rock-and-roll!!
What awaits you when the needle drops on Dereconstructed, the new album by Lee Bains lll & the Glory Fires? Nothing less than pure fucking heaven, that’s what.
“Dereconstructed, the band’s second album, ponders Southern identity in a welter of cranked-up guitars, bristling drums and rasping, hollering vocals. It’s pandemonium with a conscience.” - New York Times
“A terrific album.” [4/5 Stars] - The Guardian
"If there's one tradition Bains and the Glory Fires unquestioningly uphold, it's the Friday-night custom of burning down the house.”
- NPR Music
"It’s a dirty-sounding album, full of scuzzy red-line guitars and overdriven vocals, but even all that speaker-busting grit doesn’t hide the alluring melodies Bains threads among the mayhem." - Paste
"Bains likes to rock. He and the Glory Fires wrap his commentaries, ruminations, and invective in what he calls “real Alabama rock ’n’ roll,” a raging burnpile of garage and Southern rock, dirty, supercharged blues and soul, Stonesy groove, Crazy Horse howl, and punk slam. With these songs, Bains surely wants to make you think; he surely will make you shake." - The Boston Globe
Lee Bains III & The Glory Fires Youth Detention Tour - Don Giovanni Records
On Dec 8th, 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. The Glory Fires’ music draws deeply from punk, but also soul, power pop, country, and gospel. The four piece from Birmingham, Alabama include Lee, Eric Wallace and brothers Adam & Blake Williamson. They have toured Europe twice previous and will be playing their first European tour this next Jan and February.
Where The Glory Fires’ previous LP Dereconstructed (Subpop 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.
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”
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. 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
Support : Alabama Black Snakes (dk)
Alabama Black Snakes’ was born on the bayou of the Danish outskirts; the true country-side in the South of Scandinavia, in the depraved middle of Zealand, inhabited by drunks and desperados.
These five guys play their own kind of blues rock, drawing from inspirations such as southern rock, delta blues, boogie- and classic rock mixed up in a bowl of energetic music the boys often refer to themselves, in lack of better terms, as ‘outskirts rock’.
The members are all childhood friends, who grew up on the country side in an environment of endless cornfields, punk music and empty bus stops. A vibe that is still very present in the musical-and lyrical universe of Alabama Black Snakes, where themes such as escapism, regret, shame and alcohol go hand in hand with joi de vivre, cheerful recklessness, and hopefully a pinch of humour.