Following last year’s breakthrough, Sub Pop debut ‘Dereconstructed’, LEE BAINS III & THE GLORY FIRES can now finally announce their very first set of UK shows, as well as a brand new single ‘Sweet Disorder’, set for release on July 24th.
Listen to the new single here –
Public link –
Full set of UK dates are: May 06 – Broadcast, Glasgow, United Kingdom May 07 – The Cluny, Newcastle Upon Tyne, United Kingdom May 08 – Puzzle Hall, Halifax, United Kingdom – FREE SHOW May 09 – Soup Kitchen, Manchester, United Kingdom May 10th Rough Trade Nottingham, free in-store, 5PM May 11 – The Craufurd Arms, Milton Keynes, United Kingdom – FREE SHOW May 12 – The Louisiana, Bristol, United Kingdom May 13 – London Oslo, London, United Kingdom May 15 – The Great Escape, Brighton, United Kingdom
From LEE on finally making it to the UK: ‘I think it’s safe to say that, since we were kids, we’ve all wanted to play shows in the U.K. The British bands that have informed our music are innumerable, and being able to play in the towns that shaped so many of those bands is exciting. Typically, when we’re on tour at home, I like to play DJ, and put on indigenous jams: Dead Boys in Cleveland; J.J. Cale in Oklahoma; Rites of Spring in D.C. Personally, I can’t wait to drive around blaring Teenage Fanclub and PAWS in Scotland, Joy Division and Buzzcocks and Oasis in the North, and the Jam and the Stones and Fat White Family in London. We are all, needless to say, stoked about the castles, as well.’
“Sweet Disorder!” was produced by Tim Kerr, cut by Jeremy Ferguson, mixed by Lee and Jeremy — all at Battletapes in Nashville, TN, with b-side “Stars” being recorded by Lee on Lee’s phone in Atlanta, GA. Shined up by Jeremy at Battletapes.
From LEE on the new single: ‘The song “Sweet Disorder!” is about disrupting systems that have proven to fall short of, if not completely undermine, their purported missions (e.g., criminal justice, mental health, the church, language) for the sake of realigning them with those missions. The song developed out of months spent revisiting the Objectivist poets, binging on early Clash albums, and observing the Atlanta actions surrounding the deaths of Michael Brown, Eric Garner and other unarmed people of color. The song is the first completed work in a group of songs, tentatively titled Juvenile Detention, aimed at investigating questions of socialization, youth, identity, law, privilege, religion, culture, place, causality and memory.’
AND the b-sde ‘Stars’: ‘The song “Stars” was originally performed by the Birmingham band Primitons, and was released on their self-titled, Mitch Easter-produced 1982 masterpiece EP. The song is a result of the powerful songwriting team of non-performing lyricist Stephanie Truelove Wright and singer/tunesmith Mats Roden — an original pillar of our city’s punk/independent scene, a pioneering openly gay hometown musician, a gentle, self-deprecating soul, and a brilliant songwriter and bandleader who managed to craft melodies out of whimsy and nostalgia, sweetness and fire, sophistication and trash in such a way that could only have taken shape on the Southside of Birmingham. Mats passed away in 2014, and this record is dedicated to his memory and to his songs.’