Tue, Mar 4, 2014 at 12:00 AM
Hailing from Birmingham, Alabama, Lee Bains III makes music for the foundry worker that writes fiction in his spare time and the college english professor that changes her own oil. The Glory Fires are too loud for Texas and no strangers to Norway; well-mannered Southern punks you would feel comfortable giving the keys to your empty house. It’s no surprise that renowned rock’n’roll outsider Tim Kerr has taken them under his wing. Together they’ve forged a sound that blends the swampiest of Southern grooves with a rust-belt snarl that will leave fans of the Bob Seger System in a cold sweat. The Glory Fires have taken their caterwauling live show around the clubs, basements and theatres of the United States and Europe, raging around Lee’s literary, personal, politically charged lyrics – bringing to mind Ronnie Van Zant under the tutelage of Noam Chomsky, or Lee Ving on a Cornel West kick. Their debut LP There Is a Bomb in Gilead was released in 2012 on Alive Natural-Sound Records, and their Sub Pop debut will appear in 2014.