Interview: Lee Bains III & The Glory Fires
by KA Webb
Birmingham-based band Lee Bains III and the Glory Fires are on the road with their first record, There is a Bomb in Gilead. They play loud and fast, and they do it well. Listen to the record, and you’ll get the sense that these are the guys who, if mocked in a movie, would be the band playing behind a chain-link fence, shattered beer bottles beneath their boots.
Here’s what Guitar World has to say about the release: “Guitarist/ singer/ songwriter Lee Bains III leads his Birmingham, Alabama–based band in a raucous exploration of the intersection between garage rock, soul, country and punk on this full-length debut.”
What interests me most about the record is its honesty. Bains is earnest, and it’s easy to believe that the man who whisper talks lyrics on moodier tracks is the same guy wailing in his Southern lilt two tracks later. Bains is a writer. And here’s what he has to say about it all — the music, the South, and the writing.
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