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New Bama Album: Lee Bains III & The Glory Fires “There Is a Bomb in Gilead”

08 May 2012

written by Valso

New Bama Album: Lee Bains III & The Glory Fires “There Is a Bomb in Gilead”

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Lee Bains III & The Glory Fires: There Is a Bomb in Gilead (Alive Naturalsound)

Lee Bains, after playing with the Dexateens, formed the Glory Fires with fellow Arkadelphia member Justin Colburn, along with Blake Williamson and Matt Wurtele. They just got off a tour with the Alabama Shakes (see the video below – “Dirt Track”).

We think – having seen some of his Twitter posts and even talked to him – that Lee Bains probably wrote this bio himself:

“This is not country music. Really, it’s city music. It’s Southern, but it’s not the kind sold on TV.”
“As much Wilson Pickett as Fugazi, as much the Stooges as the Allman Brothers…on ‘THERE IS A BOMB IN GILEAD’ they deconstruct the music of the Deep South, strip it down and reassemble it, to make a righteous ruckus that sits at the vanguard of the vernacular.”

Now Lee probably wrote that because he’s a smart guy and he did some fancy book learnin’ up at NYU to get his English degree.  Yes, they do “deconstruct” Southern music.  He is as much of a fan of Southern culture as we are – and it shows as each song reflects some aspect of Southern music.  Although we’d say the roughest are more Molly Hatchet than Fugazi – they range from Southern rock (“Centreville”) to soul (“Everything You Took”) to pretty much modern country (“Righteous, Ragged Songs” or “Reba”).

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And that’s not to say this is some dry, academic exercise. There is some great songwriting, and some serious “righteous ruckus” (although you still have to hear “Magic City Stomp” live). But above all “Gilead” works to define and revive Southern rock. It seems he wants to honor our past while continuing to move forward, musically and culturally. Hurrah.

Lee Bains III & the Glory Fires will be playing at Alabama Music Box Thursday May 24.

Everything You Took:

Centreville:


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