The label Sub Pop still evokes memories of the grunge scene in Seattle. But Lee Bains III and his Glory Fires are by no means part of it. Ex-Dexateens Lee Bains also mixes punk with Southern Rock with his new band. It's probably perfectly normal to grow up in Alabama and study literature in New York City. The second stage of his life not only brought him closer to the Ramones, it also makes sure that his lyrics are quite clever. On their second album "Dereconstructed", the quintet from the southern states shakes loose Southern rockers up their sleeves, but they always have a British rock coolness factor ("The Weeds Downtown"). What makes it hard to press the album to your heart without restrictions is the slightly scratchy and too thin sound. Producer Tim Kerr and Jeremy Ferguson didn't put in a clean job, even if Bains and Co. didn't mind or wanted it that way. Differentiated songs like "What's Good And Gone" suffer something from it.
Top track: The Weeds Downtown