Lee Bains lll & The Glory Fires

Lee Bains lll & The Glory Fires

Tuff Sunshine, Market East

Sun, September 9, 2012

Doors: 8:00 pm

Mercury Lounge

New York, NY


This event is 21 and over

Lee Bains lll & The Glory Fires - (Set time: 10:00 PM)
Lee Bains lll & The Glory Fires
The title of LEE BAINS III AND THE GLORY FIRES’ debut album comes from Bains mishearing an old hymn as a child. In the soft accents of his elders around Birmingham, Alabama, “There is a balm in Gilead” sounded a lot like “There is a bomb.” It fits, really. The Glory Fires learned to construct music in the churches of their childhoods, and learned to destroy it in the punk clubs of their youths.

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.

In 2008, shortly after returning to Birmingham from college in New York, Lee Bains fell in with the Dexateens, a Tuscaloosa institution whose raggedy union of cock-eyed rebel pride and forward-thinking fury proved to be the perfect apprenticeship for a confused Southern boy, raised on Skynyrd and schooled in Faulkner. After Bains had played with the band for a couple or three years, a couple or three hundred shows, the Dexateens came to a reluctant end. Bains found himself off the road, back in Birmingham, without a band. He also found himself with a passel of powerful songs sitting somewhere between buzzsaw garage, classic power-pop and sweating country-soul. Casting his nets in central Alabama’s rock’n'roll clubs, Bains assembled the Glory Fires: drummer Blake Williamson (Black Willis, Taylor Hollingsworth, Dan Sartain), bass player Justin Colburn (Model Citizen, Arkadelphia), and guitar player Matt Wurtele. Chugging along with a fierce Muscle Shoals vibe, the Glory Fires brought a sense of urgency to Bains’s drawling, howling voice.

After tracking some demos under the powerful guidance of Texas punk pioneer Tim Kerr (Big Boys, Poison 13, Now Time Delegation) and a few months of shows, the Glory Fires traveled to Water Valley, Mississippi to record the tracks for their debut LP ‘There Is a Bomb in Gilead’ at Dial Back Sound with engineer Lynn Bridges (Quadrajets, Jack Oblivian, Thomas Function). The songs were mixed in Detroit, at Ghetto Recorders by Jim Diamond (The Dirtbombs, The New Bomb Turks, Outrageous Cherry). It is there — in that Mississippi grease and Detroit grit — that ‘There Is a Bomb in Gilead’ sits, fuse lit, ready to go.
Tuff Sunshine - (Set time: 9:00 PM)
Tuff Sunshine
Here comes the band Tuff Sunshine who have been attracting the youth market to the greatest extent with dynamo-music, which we know will enrich your future! Why not be among the first of your peers to discover?

Guys and women love their musics which perfectly suit their taste in ipods: some 2-door garage, some sweeter harmony like the popular, 70’s classical and always a twist with indie-terms. Known for wonderful song-words outside the normal of usual lovesong, subscribers with roots in Artic Monkeys, Pixies to Abbott Costello and other songsters like the T Rex will redeem it. The reason of success is the dedication, which can be seen in the song-craft and playing style that has the critical mass saying they have a genius-hold on the youth.

The band members John Leitera (the singing of the song and guitar, from Low Water before) Ani Cordero (drumming and used to touring with Man...Or Astroman? and Dean and Britta and Cordero) and Turner Stough (playing of bass and several New York acts) have shared knowing other bands you heard on and each bring a style that is certainly remarkable to the remainder, coming from the huge amount.

From Brooklyn and providing the new EP, “Half-mast/Steadfast” full of worthwhile selections and obtaining an all-time look, they will meticulously guide the radio chartings further on. This recording not made in a former condiment factory or fashion barn, but in the real studio element! The songs are sounding unlike the main streaming of radio. No wonder the early critiques have said they are the ones to beat?

Certain, now is the time to see this band playing on the stage as real as possible! More information maybe on tuffsunshine.bandcamp.com.
Market East - (Set time: 8:00 PM)
It's an interesting time to be a music fan. There seems to be a rift between the artist and the observer these days. Relatability in music as a whole feels like yesterday's news, and the appreciation for honesty is an archaic concept. C'est la vie I suppose. There are, however moments in which a band is assembled where under any pretense you can close you eyes and feel yourself surrounded by friends, surrounded by love and mutual respect and truly listen, an art unto itself. I am humbled to have met Market East under precisely these conditions and the warmth of their particular brand of truth has resonated with me since the first time I heard Genevieve.

With all the charm of early Kevin Ayres, but maintaining that pure Americana of the Beach Boys and the Cascades, Market East captures the naivety of youth with the heart strong compassion of a long lived man. With their strong influences from you're early Bobby Darin, Ritchie Valens genre, one finds themselves surprised when none of their girls die in a classic car on a long lost highway. However, despite the classic influence, the lyrical direction of their songs is rich and modern, uniquely contemporary.

I would like to introduce you to my friends, Kurt, Max, and Vincent. They are Market East. I hope you find them at a period in your life of great openness to yourself and to the love that can only be captured on a jangly guitar and three part harmony.

-William Randall
Venue Information:
Mercury Lounge
217 E Houston St.
New York, NY, 10002