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Lee Bains III and the Glory Fires w/Thelma and the Sleaze & Birdwings 

When: Thu., July 10, 9 p.m. 2014
Price: $8
In Alabama’s current indie roots and rock renaissance, regional markers — when they’re there at all — take varied forms, from grooves and vocal deliveries bearing traces of hard country-soul accents to identification with Muscle Shoals mythos (and in Jason Isbell’s case, small-town settings that lend a desperate, dead-end dignity to storytelling). Birmingham, Ala.’s Lee Bains III and the Glory Fires are every bit as invested in their stomping grounds as any of their peers, and have their own way of representing it. Led by Bains — a Dexateens guitarist-turned-songwriting frontman — the quartet graduated from Alive Naturalsound to Sub Pop with sophomore album Dereconstruction, which is every bit the reckoning with racial and classist wrongs, past and present, that it sounds like. “The Company Man” implicates supposedly respectable civic and business leaders — civil rights-combating Bull Connor among them — in the abuse of power, while “We Defend Our Rights” turns the state motto in on itself with retellings of church bombings and immigrant witch hunts. And the sound of the set is appropriately brutal, a guitar attack powered by noisy Southern riffage. There’s a party-hearty side to the band, too — displayed in the feral boogie “Burnpiles, Swimming Holes,” for instance — and that’s where their genuine, and genuinely fraught, hometown affection comes through. JEWLY HIGHT


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