Once upon a time, I had a radio show that only played bands currently performing in the district. That show is super dead, so we’ve resurrected it (with way more words and far less radio) in the form of this column. Everyday I’ll review a song from a band playing in D.C. that night. The rules are, 1. I can only listen to the song once and 2. I only have until the end of the song to finish my review.
LEE BAINS III & THE GLORY FIRES – AIN’T NO STRANGER
I cannot decide if Lee Bains III is a great name to have or a terrible name to have. I feel like being able to tack a number on to the end of your name is simultaneously really cool and really lame. Anyway, I like the way this sounds already. It’s kind of cool. I can imagine this being used as background music for a very hip bar. A smoky bar though, so it couldn’t be in DC. I would definitely listen to this song again. I like the way the vocals are mixed kind of low and “out of the way” for lack of a better word. It makes the song feel more mysterious and interesting and the vaguely religious subject matter doesn’t hurt. The build up to the ending is kind of underwhelming, but whatever.