Listen: Lee Bains III & The Glory Fires’ new song “The Weeds Downtown”


    The Dexateens may be best known in their native Alabama, but their members have gone on to national success in recent years. Since 2012, bassist Mike Patton (no relation to that other Mike Patton) has played full-time with the Drive-By Truckers. Around the same time, guitarist Lee Bains III struck out on his own, recruited a proper backing band in The Glory Fires, and released one album independently, 2012’s There Is A Bomb In Gilead. Following some steady national touring over the last couple years, Bains signed to Sub Pop this past January.

    In the grand tradition of Southern rock, Lee Bains III and The Glory Fires represent the outliers, infusing bits of the MC5 and hardcore into an-already multi-faceted sound that references Gram Parsons, gospel, Delta blues, and The Band. It’s as nihilistic and bombastic as it its wholesome and heartfelt, a dichotomy that epitomizes their Sub Pop debut, Dereconstructed, due out May 27th.

    Produced by Tim Kerr (Poison 13, The Monkeywrench), the 10-track effort is  “a careening, road raging, all night party of a record. Informed by a distinctly southern hoodoo, it is a master class in authentic Gulf Coast choogle. Bains has been properly schooled in how to throw down, so much so that even his hyper literate musings are no match for the blown out distortion that gives this record its blistering urgency. If your hometown is graced with a scuzzy dive and a few warm bodies to populate it, you’d best believe that the Glory Fires have been there, or are on their way back.”


    Last month the band shared the rollicking opening track “The Company Man”, and today they unveil “The Weeds Downtown”. Clocking in at a healthy but well-structured four minutes, the track is akin to Black Flag doing a Merle Haggard cover, or The Ozark Mountain Daredevils trying their hand at hardcore. No matter which comparison you prefer, the band manages to skillfully combine crunchy power chords, earnest sentimentality, a healthy crop of feedback, and truly down-home, utterly infectious rhythms. Play this one at your next rager or barn-raising.

    Listen in below:

    Dereconstructed Tracklist:
    01. The Company Man
    02. Dereconstructed
    03. Burnpiles, Swimming Holes
    04. The Kudzu and the Concrete
    05. The Weeds Downtown
    06. What’s Good and Gone
    07. We Dare Defend Our Rights!
    08. Flags
    09. Mississippi Bottomland
    10. Dirt Track


    In support of Dereconstructed, the band will be on tour through June, opening up for Alabama Shakes and Diarrhea Planet. Consult their full schedule below.

    Lee Bains III & The Glory Fires 2014 Tour Dates:
    04/17 – Rock Island, IL @ RIbco
    04/18 – Des Moines, IA @ Vaudeville Mews
    04/19 – Minneapolis, MN @ 7th Street Entry
    04/20 – Milwaukee, WI @ Circle A
    04/22 – Detroit, MI @ PJ’s Lagerhouse
    04/23 – Cincinnati, OH @ MOTR Pub
    04/25 – Washington, DC @ 9:30 Club *
    04/26 – Washington, DC @ 9:30 Club *
    04/28 – Asheville, NC @ Orange Peel *
    04/29 – Asheville, NC @ Orange Peel *
    04/30 – Atlanta, GA @ The Earl #
    05/13 – Charlottesville, VA @ Twisted Branch Tea Bizarre
    05/14 – Baltimore, MD @ Metro Gallery
    06/04 – Birmingham, AL @ Bottletree
    06/06 – Chattanooga, TN @ Riverbend Festival
    06/09 – Memphis, TN @ Hi-Tone Cafe
    06/10 – Kansas City, MO @ Tank Room
    06/11 – Denver, CO @ Larimer Lounge
    06/12 – Salt Lake City, UT @ The Garage
    06/13 – Boise, ID @ Neurolux
    06/14 – Stanley, ID @ Rod and Gun Whitewater
    06/16 – Missoula, MT @ The Palace
    06/17 – Seattle, WA @ The Tractor
    06/18 – Portland, OR @ Mississippi Studios
    06/19 – Eugene, OR @ Sam Bond’s Garage
    06/20 – San Francisco, CA @ Thee Parkside
    06/21 – Los Angeles, CA @ Bootleg HiFi
    06/22 – San Diego, CA @ Soda Bar
    06/23 – Scottsdale, AZ @ The Western
    06/25 – Dallas, TX @ Three Links #
    06/26 – San Antonio, TX @ The Limelight #
    06/27 – Austin, TX @ Red 7 #
    06/28 – Houston, TX @ Fitzgerald’s #
    06/29 – New Orleans, LA @ One-Eyed Jacks #

    * = w/ Alabama Shakes
    # = w/ Diarrhea Planet