Stepping into the Spotlight with Lee Bains III
Every week we like to spotlight a rising band from outside of New England. Today, we get to know Alabama’s Lee Bains III & The Glory Fires. You can catch the band in Massachusetts when they open for the Alabama Shakes at Boston’s Paradise Rock Club on Sunday, April 15. Learn more about the band, below.
Band Name: Lee Bains III & The Glory Fires
Lee Bains III: Vocals, Guitar (Birmingham, AL)
Justin Colburn: Bass (Jasper, AL)
Blake Williamson: Drums, Vocals (Birmingham, AL)
Matt Wurtele: Guitar (Homewood, AL)
There Is a Bomb in Gilead (2012)
How did you form/start?
I had been playing with Alabama band The Dexateens, and, as that band started slowing down considerably, wanted to start my own thing. Justin and Blake were old musical cohorts in the Birmingham area, and Matt was somebody I’d gotten to know through friends in Tuscaloosa.
Finish the sentence, someone would like your band if they like…
…their family, their hometown, raising hell, swimming holes.
What song of yours should people listen to first and why?
“Ain’t No Stranger” since it’s the first on the album!
Walk us through your songwriting process.
Well, every song is different. A melody or lyric might come to me while I’m driving, or working, or reading. Or it might just be while playing guitar. It does help when I’m singly focused on something, not necessarily music.
Tell us a little bit about your latest album.
Well, we’re proud of it. We recorded it with our friend Lynn Bridges in Water Valley, Mississippi, and worked really hard on it. We think we did a pretty good job of capturing our vibe as a band and a group of dudes. That said, we’re a fair bit louder live.
What has your most memorable moment as a band been?
Dodging into a crawfish restaurant in Jackson, Mississippi to avoid a tornado.
What has been the hardest part of building your name onto the national level?
Man, that’s a complicated question. To be honest, it’s all hard. Booking shows, trying to find a good label, finding work that will allow you to be away on tour, being away from family and friends, making enough money for gas, getting more than a handful of people out to shows. That said, it’s of course worth it. We all love music.
Who are the best bands from your hometown that we might not know about?
Birmingham has several killer bands right now. 13ghosts, Through The Sparks, Black Willis, Dead Fingers, and more that aren’t immediately jumping to mind.
What band would you most like to open for?
A reunited Replacements. Why not?
Who is your all-time favorite Boston band?
Blake immediately said Aerosmith. I say The Modern Lovers.
What are your thoughts on playing Boston?
Boston is honestly one of my favorite cities to visit. It strikes me as ancient, particularly coming from a part of Alabama that was very rural and sparsely settled until the late 1800’s. I’ve had a couple fun shows there with The Dexateens at T.T. The Bear’s and always look forward to going back. Probably my number-one reason for loving Boston is the original Pizzeria Regina in the North End. It is my favorite pizza of all-time, hands down.
What can people expect from your live show and why should our readers catch your next stop in Boston?
Man, we play like we mean it, and have a really good time. Hope y’all will come!
*All questions answered by Lee Bains III.