Sunday, May 13, 2012

Album Review: There Is A Bomb In Gilead

Title:  There Is A Bomb In Gilead (Alive Naturalsound Records, Amazon,
Artist:  Lee Bains III & The Glory Fires (Official, Facebook, Twitter, ReverbNation, SoundCloud,, AllMusic)

Lee Bains III & The Glory Fires is a powerhouse of an Americana rock ‘n’ roll band and their full-length debut There Is A Bomb In Gilead is a smooth and sexy ride.  The band describes their music on their website
As much Wilson Pickett as Fugazi, as much the Stooges as the Allman Brothers, Birmingham, Alabama’s Lee Bains III & The Glory Fires have brought radical rock’n'roll to bear on their own experience and their own place. 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.
I couldn’t agree more.  This record is a pure and unadulterated product of the south.  The influence of soul like Pickett and southern rock like the Allman Brothers is extremely self-evident but one can also hear hints of R.E.M. in these songs and even some twinges of garage rock (ala Primal Scream).  This is certainly a record that sticks with you and makes an impression, especially for those who have lived in the south.  Southern rock fans looking for something newer than the 1980s and something more honest than Kid Rock should give There Is A Bomb In Gilead a listen. 

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