Having recently been named one of the Top 5 Best Up-and-Coming Bay area bands of 2014 by CBS and most recently one of 5 bands to watch in 2015 by Relix magazine, Lee Gallagher and the Hallelujah have clearly made a mark in their short time together since forming in mid-2013.
Based in San Francisco but comprised of Midwestern and Southern transplants with a devotion to honest roots based American music, they weave a sonic tapestry framed by wailing guitars, churning organ, and more than a slight nod to the southern gospel music of their past. The band has garnered buzz for their live shows which transform traditional music venues into sweaty, hip-shaking, psychedelic tent revivals.
The band went into the studio for nine days in 2014 to record their self-titled debut record and then focused on playing live and touring a good swath of the US. And, for the new kids on the block, the band has had the incredible good fortune of sharing the stage with such acts as Leon Russell, Dinosaur Jr., Strawberry Alarm Clock, Heartless Bastards, Living Colour, Soul Asylum, and The Doobie Brothers.
The early reviews of their debut record have ticked off comparisons to many legendary artists such as Humble Pie, The Band, the Grateful Dead, the Faces, and the Black Crowes. Gallagher’s dynamic vocal range has brought repeated comparisons to both Neil Young and Robert Plant.
Lee Gallagher and the Hallelujah spent the summer of 2015 taking their “psychedelic gospel” on the road with a US tour accompanied by the world renown analog liquid light show Mad Alchemy. The band continued touring in 2016 while simultaneously working on new material. In 2017 Lee and the band were invited back to Light Rail Studios in San Francisco to work on some new songs. The result will be the release of “God of War” and “David Crosby” in the summer. Once again recorded on Jerry Garcia’s old tape machine and this time, mastered by the legendary Betty Cantor-Jackson, a key component in Grateful Dead lore.
Top 5 best up-and-coming Bay Area bands of 2014. --CBS San Francisco
5 Artists You Should Know About -- Relix Magazine
"The music on the self-titled debut from Lee Gallagher & the Hallelujah would be impressive regardless of the backstory: 11 tunes that are extremely comfortable in their own soulful, rocking skin. The fact that Gallagher and his bandmates had only been playing together for four months prior to laying down those tracks is as mind-blowing as some of their jams....Gallagher's vocal power may remind you of the late Steve Marriott or a young Robert Plant-- he plays a wicked blues harp, too" -- Brian Robbins, Relix Magazine
"There’s no arguing with the talent and skill on display on San Franciscan blues belter Lee Gallagher’s debut. With their mix of psychedelic organ, earthy blues rock and huge gospel flourishes, his band have clearly been striving for perfection, and this album suggests they want to be taken very seriously indeed."--Classic Rock Magazine
"Lee Gallagher, who wrote all of the material, is an intense and arresting vocalist, and his band is top-notch." --Jeff Burger, No Depression/The Morton Report
"If Lee Gallagher and the Hallelujah aren't rated soon as one of the best bands in America I'll eat my hat" -- Fatea Magazine UK
"The band's anthems imbue a passion and sensitivity that many groups strive for but few actually achieve....Lee Gallagher and the Hallelujah is a band that is impossible to ignore" -- Hittin' the Note Magazine
"Taking the early '70s vinyl expositions of Americana by the Rolling Stones and their ilk as touchstone, Lee Gallagher and The Hallelujah have created a truly beguiling record which carries on the good work by extrapolating rootsy rock music with hefty doses of gospel, folk, and even psychedelic touches. What they've ended up with is an album that never releases its hold on the listener." --100% Rock Magazine
If rock ’n’ roll is the gospel, then Lee Gallagher and the Hallelujah are its preachers. This is one of those bands that have the magic rock touch... They rock hard and they own it onstage. --Tony Dushane, San Francisco Chronicle
"Soulful rock with the fire and brimstone of the '70s…Even in his most poetic moments, Gallagher sings with the fervor of a preacher, extorting the listener to break through self-imposed limitations and to create one's own rock 'n' roll gospel." --Hyperbolic
"Gallagher's vocals, kinda like a male Janis Joplin with an even higher register (if you can believe that)" -- Daggerzine
"'Touch the Water' is a great tune, redolent of Ryan Adams attempting an early Rod ballad whilst 'Shallow Grave' enters full-on Robert Plant mode." --Jon'Mojo'Mills, Shindig!
"a cosmic adrenaline rush reminiscent of Springsteen and The Band at their most vivacious….nowhere else can one hear the synthesis of gospel, psychedelia, roots, Americana, folk, and rock in a crossroads that brings them all together so perfectly" --Turnstyled Junkpiled
“When music fans think of great singer-songwriters, they might think of Neil Young and when they think of powerful voices they might think of Robert Plant. Perhaps the generation of today and tomorrow, they might think of Lee Gallagher as both.” --Bay Area Examiner
"Lee Gallagher and the Hallelujah are easily a Bay Area music scene standout" -- SF Weekly
"Lee Gallagher and the Hallelujah’s self titled album not only has charisma, but like Steve Marriott’s time with both Humble Pie and The Small Faces, the sexual lyrical allure and driving passion of Bon Scott and Jim Morrison and the intrigue and real human life stories that binds together John Dexter Jones work are mixed with fruitful conviction throughout the 11 songs on offer"--Liverpool Sound and Vision