Hailing from Birmingham, Alabama, LEE BAINS III & THE GLORY FIRES are the latest accomplished outfit to emerge from Alive Naturalsound. "There is a Bomb in Gilead" which is a lyric of a traditional spiritual about the salvation of the soul (the balm not bomb) that Bains misheard as a child incorporates some of the most iconic regional styles of American music. With a nod to Jim Ford, Gram Parsons, the Allman Brothers, Muscle Shoals, early Skynrd, Canned Heat, Creedence and all that Southern boogie goodness, "There is a Bomb in Gilead" sees Lee Bains III & The Glory Fires 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.
The band’s combination of rock, punk, soul and country is typical of the sound that comes out of the Quad Cities, an area in North Alabama rich with musical talent going back to the 1960′s. – DeadJournalist
Incorporates some of the most iconic regional styles of American music, from Muscle Shoals to Detroit garage rock to delta blues of Mississippi. – Record Dpt.
"Centreville" is a good representation of their sound – Skynyrd meets The Dirtbombs in Memphis – and the song "Everything You Took" from the Alive Naturalsound compilation 'Where Is Parker Griggs?' is as down, sweet and soulful as anything this side of Al Green. I’m not lying and I’m not exaggerating — Bains is an amazing talent. Soul music this good just has to be heard. Spread the word. – When You Motor Away
A soulful rock vibe capturing Muscle Shoals’ classic era. – Swampland
Achieve that difficult balance between deep Southern soul and hard alt. country. On tracks like "Ain’t No Stranger" and "Centreville", Bains howls in front of a band that will please any fan of the garage-y grunge of bands like Black Keys. Other tunes sound like they could’ve been penned by Dan Penn and Spooner Oldham. – Routes & Branches
From Rolling Stone : These Alabama Shakes tourmates offer their own loose-limbed take on rootsy Southern rock, with a jam that choogles like the second coming of Creedence.