Concert preview: Lee Bains & the Glory Fires pay tribute to the South, land with Sub Pop

By Columbus Alive
From the January 30, 2014 edition

The Alabama crew celebrates its Southern roots on its 2012 debut, There’s a Bomb in Gilead, a rough-and-tumble effort that joyously smears together blues, Southern rock, soul and country. Bains, who grew up in the church, has long spoken about the inner-conflict between rock and religion, and that tug-of-war serves as an ongoing source of inspiration for the band (even its name is a bastardization of the term “glorifiers”). Witness the ragged, piano driven title-track, where Bains croons like a gospel preacher atop a musical backdrop that evokes memories of The Band at its most rickety.

Clearly people are catching on. In early January Lee Bains and Co. announced they had signed a deal with taste-making record label Sub Pop.

Turf War and The Easy Pieces open the show.

Photo courtesy of Lee Bains III And The Glory Fires