On June 30th, 2017, Don Giovanni Records released 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.
Recorded in Nashville, Tennessee at Battletapes with engineer Jeremy Ferguson and legendary Austin producer Tim Kerr, Youth Detention captures the band in raw form.
The Glory Fires’ music draws deeply from punk, but also soul, power pop, country, and gospel. It’s equal parts careful curation and geographic inheritance.
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, and, hopefully, the beginnings of a more profound awakening.
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