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HOLLY GOLIGHTLY & THE BROKEOFFS
No Help Coming is the fourth full-length release by Holly Golightly & the Brokeoffs, and the
latest of nearly 30 albums on which the veteran indie icon is featured. But she's quick to
dismiss any suggestion that she's refined her approach during her 20 years as a recording
"I'm proud to say that I don't think there's been much development at all, really," she
asserts. "I still only know the same chords I did when I was 14, and I still write songs about
the same things. But I did get a tuner three years ago, which was monumental."
Indeed, as much as her work has evolved over the years, the London-born, Georgia-based
singer/guitarist has maintained a fierce fidelity to the same raw DIY musical principles that
first established her as a seminal influence upon multiple generations of garage combos and
lo-fi artists. Her current outfit, Holly Golightly & the Brokeoffs, is a stripped-down duo that
teams her with Texas-bred multi-instrumentalist and longtime collaborator Lawyer Dave,
who contributes guitar, drums and backing vocals.
On No Help Coming, Holly Golightly & the Brokeoffs continue to make music that's spare
and earthy yet unfailingly tuneful, drawing upon gritty blues, country and rockabilly
influences while maintaining an unmistakable personal resonance. As Playboy.com
commented, "Golightly's songs are so fresh and timeless they could have been recorded
yesterday or 40 years ago."
The new 12-song set, recorded in the twosome's adopted home state of Georgia, features
such notable originals as "The Rest of Your Life," "You're Under Arrest" "Get Out My House"
and the swaggering title track, which pack as much of a musical and emotional punch as
anything they've recorded. No Help Coming also continues Golightly's longstanding tradition
of putting her stamp on unexpected cover material, with personalized readings of country
legend Bill Anderson's "The Lord Knows We're Drinking," the mysterious Mr. Undertaker's
1955 rhythm-and-blues cult classic "Here Lies My Love," and Wendell Austin's vintage
psycho-country epic "L.S.D. Made a Wreck of Me." The last tune features an appropriately
impassioned lead vocal by Lawyer Dave.
Born in Kensington, London, in the same hospital that Jimi Hendrix died in, Holly Golightly
grew up in a bohemian household, absorbing a musical diet of psychedelic rock and soul.
Her performing debut came via her then-boyfriend Bruce Brand, drummer of the legendary
Billy Childish-led combo Thee Headcoats. An impromptu guest spot singing with that band
led to a long and productive run as a member of Thee Headcoats' sister band, Thee
Headcoatees, with whom she recorded TK albums.
In 1995, while still a member of Thee Headcoatees, Holly branched out into a solo career
that quickly revealed a both a distinctive songwriting talent and a commanding stage
presence. Her solo work also largely traded Thee Headcoatees' three-chord girl-group
garage rock for a rootsier approach drawing much of its inspiration from rural American
styles. She's been intensely prolific in the years since, releasing 20 solo albums as well as
numerous singles and EPs for a variety of labels, including Damaged Goods, Kill Rock Stars,
Super Electro and Sympathy for the Record Industry. She's also recorded collaborations
with the likes of the White Stripes, Mudhoney, the Greenhornes and Rocket from the Crypt.
In 2007, Holly teamed with Lawyer Dave to form Holly Golightly & the Brokeoffs. They
purchased a parcel of rural land near Athens, Georgia, where they raise horses, dogs,
chickens, geese and goats. Recording and performing as a duo, with Dave playing guitar
with his hands and drums with his feet, they developed a loose, twangy sound that's
perfectly suited to their lyrical explorations of such quintessentially American themes as
whiskey, religion and guns.
Holly Golightly & the Brokeoffs' 2007 debut album You Can't Buy a Gun When You're Crying
won considerable attention from critics and fans alike. The pair continued to expand their
audience with 2008's acclaimed Dirt Don't Hurt, their first release on the Transdreamer
label. It was followed by the similarly well-received EP Devil Do and album Medicine County,
released in 2009 and 2010, respectively.
Now, No Help Coming adds a compelling new chapter to Holly Golightly's massively
influential body of work. "I think I'm still doing exactly what I've always done, in that I've
managed to keep making music I like," she observes. "Perhaps some people don't stick at it
for as long because they didn't really like what they were doing in the first place. I think the
trick is to just do what you like, and not aim to use every switch in the studio just because
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