Lee Bains III & The Glory Fires - Youth Detention///(Nail My Feet Down to the Southside of Town) (Don Giovanni)

Add Date: 06/27
Focus Tracks: 5, 11, 14
FCC: 1, 4, 6, 10
Formats: College, Modern Rock Specialty

Artist Info: 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. 

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 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.