So when I went to look at The Glory Fires' website, I had some initial reservations. It's in that hipster faux-web design neophyte style. As I read the band bio (in Courier Sans) I read a rather tortured apology for being Southern, followed by the words "NYU," and "English degree." Because if there's nothing worse than a navel-gazing English major, it's an English major from NYU (almost certainly a hipster) consumed by white guilt.
And then I listened to the music, and my dumb preconceptions were thoroughly shattered.
Because the other thing to note about Lee Bains is that he's an alumn of the Dexateens, a rowdy Southern rock bar band. The three songs currently available from the band's forthcoming EP, There is a Bomb in Gilead, vary greatly in style. "Righteous, Ragged Songs" is a blistering declaration of intent. As the press release promises, it's Southern rock with a little something new. "Everything You Took" and "Centreville" are similarly upbeat. I can't think of a better opener for The Alabama Shakes -- something old, something new, and enough energy to power Los Angeles for a year.
April 12th can't come soon enough.
Lee Bains III & The Glory Fires Official, Facebook
The Dexateens on Spotify