Lee Bains III and the Glory Fires
[PUNK] In a curious and important feeling turnaround, Lee Bains’s new Youth Detention (Don Giovanni Records) rings out like a call to arms against the loss of cultural institutions and norms that used to help us, collectively, hold our shit together. But punk was once about tearing all that down. It’s startling to realize that our way of life has become so unglued that punk is calling for us to rein it all in. But then again, if punk has made its greatest strides as a genre by railing against the status quo – whatever that may be at a given time – then Bains is right on target. Regardless, Detention feels like a significant album, emulating the sort of teeth-gritting dissatisfaction that fueled The Clash’s London Calling, albeit coming from the deep American south — perhaps where the most work needs to be done. Bains and company will rally with a gig at Mohawk Place’s Electric Avenue on Wednesday, June 13, with Stainwagon from Niagara Falls.