THE EXAMINER review of LEE BAINS III & The GLORY FIRES “There’s A Bomb In Gilead”


Lee Bains III & the Glory Fires rip it up with There Is A Bomb In Gilead
BY Chris Martin

Equal parts southern swagger and punk rock Lee Bains III & the Glory Fires have arrived on the scene with their debut album There Is A Bomb In Gilead. The first record from the southern quartet is loud, rowdy and full of kick-ass rock tunes. They have been able to harness the power of a live show taking place in a dark dirty hole in the wall and implant it onto a record.

The album goes from 0-60 at the start as Bains and crew offer up the blistering guitar heavy “Ain’t No Stranger” to kick off the album, and things just get better from there. “Red Red Dirt Of Home” delivers more of the killer guitars and the tune “Centreville” sounds like the bastard love child of Lynyrd Skynyrd and the MC5. They are not a one trick pony and are able to infuse blues (“Choctaw Summer”), a little soul (“Everything You Took”) and slow things down (“Righteous, Ragged Songs”). One tune that stands out is “Roebuck Parkway”, an acoustic number driven by sharp lyrics and Bains’ vocals it reminds me a lot of Jason Isbell, and that is a good thing.

There are few artists who nail their debut albums. Lee Bains & the Glory Fires happen to be one of the few. The album is a collection of strong tunes that can each stand alone but when listened to as a whole are really powerful. The more I listen to it the better it sounds as I discover something different with each spin. For those of you out there who say there is no good new music need to give There Is A Bomb in Gilead a listen it will have you reconsidering your thinking.