FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE
March 4, 2011
HOLLY GOLIGHTLY & THE BROKEOFFS REMAIN TRUE TO DIY AESTHETIC WITH NEW ALBUM
NO HELP COMING
Now based in Georgia backwoods, duo keeps it gritty and lo-fi even 20 years into Holly’s career.
Album due April 26 on Transdreamer Records.
LOS ANGELES, Calif. — 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 artist.
“I’m proud to say that I don’t think there’s been much development at all, really,” Golightly 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, scheduled for release on April 26, 2011 on Transdreamer Records, 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, all of 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.
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 it’s there.”
SPRING 2011 TOUR DATES
Fri., April 29 CHARLOTTE, NC Snug Harbor
Sat., April 30 CHAPEL HILL, NC Local 506
Sun., May 1 ARLINGTON, VA IOTA Club & Café
Tues., May 3 BALTIMORE, MD The Ottobar
Wed., May 4 PHILADELPHIA, PA M Room
Thurs., May 5 NEW YORK, NY The Mercury Lounge
Fri., May 6 BROOKLYN, NY Knitting Factory
Sat., May 7 CAMBRIDGE, MA Middle East Upstairs
Sun., May 8 NEW HAVEN CT Café Nine
Tues., May 10 BUFFALO, NY The Ninth Ward
Wed., May 11 CLEVELAND, OH Beachland Ballroom and Tavern
Fri., May 13 CHICAGO, IL Beat Kitchen
Sat., May 14 MINNEAPOLIS, MN 7th Street Entry
Sun., May 15 MILWAUKEE, WI Mad Planet
Tues., May 17 ST. LOUIS, MO The Firebird
Thurs., May 19 OKLAHOMA CITY, OK The Conservatory
Fri., May 20 AUSTIN, TX Emo’s Alternative Lounging (Indoor)
Mon., June 20 SEATTLE, WA The Funhouse
Tues., June 21 PORTLAND, OR Doug Fir Lounge
Thurs., June 23 SAN FRANCISCO, CA Bottom of the Hill
Fri., June 24 LOS ANGELES, CA The Hotel Cafe
Sat., June 25 SAN DIEGO, CA Soda Bar
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FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE
July 24, 2008
HOLLY GOLIGHTLY & THE BROKEOFFS PREPARE NEW ALBUM TITLED DIRT
DON’T HURT FOR OCTOBER 14 RELEASE ON TRANSDREAMER RECORDS
Legendary U.K. lo-fi indie rocker had American albums on Sympathy for
the Record Industry . . .
First U.S. release with the Brokeoffs celebrated with fall tour dates
LONDON, England — Holly Golightly & the Brokeoffs, heralded
by NME as “a glorious example of what rock ’n’
roll should be,” have signed with Transdreamer Records (distributed
by MRI Distribution/RED) and are preparing their first American release
as a band. Titled Dirt Don’t Hurt, the CD is slated for
a street date of October 14, 2008. “Band,” however, is a
figurative term for Holly and company— Holly Golightly and Lawyer
Dave (a.k.a. the Brokeoffs) sing and play guitar, as well as drums,
banjo, standup bass and an array of other instruments. It’s just
the two of them.
The new, self-produced album was recorded in five days during the middle
of a 50-date tour in the town of Gijon on Spain’s northern coast,
at an analog studio called Circo Perrotti, which is outfitted with vintage
recording gear and dedicated to discerning production values.
Their music is a lo-fi stew of blues, country and rockabilly, at once
avant-garde and old-timey. As Playboy.com says, “Golightly’s
songs are so fresh and timeless they could have been recorded yesterday
or 40 years ago.” Entertainment Weekly called her “a
truly appealing tunesmith.” And BarnesAndNoble.com deemed
her “ready for her above-ground closeup.”
Holly Golightly kicked off her musical career in Thee Headcoatees, the
legendary all-girl garage band, closely affiliated with U.K. cult legend
Billy Childish. She spent eight years as a Headcoatee, and during those
years released her first solo record, The Good Things, in 1995.
She has appeared on multiple collaborative albums, contributing the
title track for the Jim Jarmusch movie Broken Flowers with
The Greenhornes, and celebrating “One Chord, One Sound, One Song”
with Billy Childish on the album In Blood. Holly also guested
on The White Stripes’ “(Well It's True That) We Love One
Another” from their platinum selling Elephant.
This album is the 19th for Holly Golightly, whose discography is a cacophony
of albums (studio and live), EPs, singles and 10-inch LPs and iTunes-only
releases. Although many of the recordings are best known to Americans
as imports on the U.K.-based Damaged Goods label, several have been
released on labels like Kill Rock Stars, Sympathy for the Record Industry,
Box Theory, Super Electro and Flapping Jet.
Lawyer Dave had been playing stand-up bass in Holly’s touring
line up for many years, and Dirt Don't Hurt is testament the
countless miles they've covered together. The Brokeoffs have an independently
released album Rest Stop, which was recorded entirely at rest stops
that were closed for construction.
Holly Golightly and the Brokeoffs will embark upon a 50-city U.S. tour
starting in New York on October 16 and going until Thanksgiving. The
tentative tour dates are as follows and are subject to
Thu. Oct. 16 NEW YORK, NY Mercury Lounge
Fri. Oct. 17 WASHINGTON, DC DC9
Sat. Oct. 18 PHILADELPHIA, PA Khyber
Mon. Oct. 20 BOSTON, MA Middle East
Tue. Oct. 21 MONTREAL, QU Café Campus
Wed. Oct 22 TORONTO, ONT Horseshoe Tavern
Thu. Oct. 23 BUFFALO/ROCHESTER, NY Mohawk
Fri. Oct. 24 PITTSBURGH, PA Garfield Artworks
Sat. Oct. 25 CLEVELAND, OH Beachland Tavern
Mon. Oct. 27 NEWPORT, KY Southgate House
Tue. Oct. 28 TOLEDO, OH Frankie’s
Wed. Oct. 29 CHICAGO, IL Subt
Thu. Oct. 30 MINNEAPOLIS, MN 7th St. Entry
Fri. Oct. 31 MADISON, WI Café Montmartre
Sat. Nov. 1 MILWAUKEE, WI Mad Planet
Sun. Nov. 2 KANSAS CITY, MO Record Bar
Mon Nov. 3 LAWRENCE, KS Jackpot Saloon
Tue Nov. 4 DENVER, CO Larimer Lounge
Thu Nov. 6 SALT LAKE CITY, UT Kilby Court
Fri Nov. 7 BOISE, ID Neurolux
Sat Nov. 8 SEATTLE, WA Triple Door
Mon Nov. 10 VANCOUVER, BC Media Club
Tue Nov. 11 PORTLAND, OR Doug Fir
Thu Nov. 13 SAN FRANCISCO, CA Bottom of the Hill
Fri Nov. 14 LOS ANGELES, CA Echo
Sat Nov. 15 SAN DIEGO, CA The Casbah
Tue Nov. 18 TUCSON, AZ Plush
Thu. Nov. 20 AUSTIN, TX Emo's
Fri Nov. 21 DALLAS, TX The Loft
Sat Nov. 22 HOUSTON, TX Rudyards
Mon Nov. 24 MEMPHIS, TN Hi-Tone
Tue. Nov. 25 NASHVILLE, TN The End
Wed. Nov. 26 ATLANTA, GA EARL