Top positive review
Bottom shaking rock and roll
on 22 September 2017
Take a base spirit of Lynyrd Skynyrd, mix with a good measure of Definitely Maybe-era Oasis scuzzy guitars, add a dash of Springsteen style blue collar Americana, season with some Billy Bragg/Woody Guthrie, and pour into a large glass engarved with the words "Make some noise". That is pretty much the recipe for the Lee Bains III and the Glory Fires cocktail as it appears on this album. It is a good a recipe for bottom shaking rock and roll as I've come across in some time. I heard the band for the first time at a festival this summer and they absolutely blew the other acts off stage.
The recording is resolutely lo-fi, to the point that the vocals get a little lost amidst the distortion. It is a little lyrically simplistic at times, (get to chorus and repeat) but that is made up for by the sheer energy and life affirming nature of the whole thing.