Holly Golightly and Lawyer Dave are at it again, this time with No Help Coming. Their previous understated album, Dirt Don’t Hurt, was an explosive, lo-fi country get-down recorded in just five days in an analog studio in Gijon, Spain. The album won the well-deserved Best Album of the Year at the 9th Annual independent Music Awards. In 2010, they released Medicine County, which received equally positive praises from critics and music fans alike.
Holly Golightly, (born Holly Golightly Smith, 1966, London), is a British singer-songwriter, formerly of the all-girl garage band Thee Headcoatees. On her own, she has released 13 studio albums and has collaborated with artists such as Billy Childish, Rocket from the Crypt and The White Stripes. Golightly performed two songs on the soundtrack of the movie Broken Flowers, "There Is an End” by The Greenhornes & Holly Golightly, and "Tell Me Now So I Know" by Holly Golightly, which is a song originally written by English singer/songwriter Ray Davies of The Kinks. She most recently collaborated with Lawyer Dave on three albums, and No Help Coming is the fourth.
Now, here comes No Help Coming, an even grittier exploration of Americana music than Dirt Don’t Hurt. Go lightly? Hardly. In a whisper, Holly’s harmonies hark back to a 1950s era of huge beehives and bad hair dyes that would make mothers blush, but with a stroke of the guitar, Dave and Holly slam us back into the reality of the moment, in songs like "You’re Under Arrest." In the true Americana spirit, Holly and Dave sing of drinking, drugs and the power to overcome inner demons with self-deprecating humor and self-awareness that is not easily depicted in a song. Covers include country legend Bill Anderson’s "The Lord Knows We’re Drinking," Mr. Undertaker’s 1955 rhythm-and-blues classic "Here Lies My Love" and Wavy Gravy’s psycho-country song "L.S.D. (Rock ‘N’ Roll Prison)." Add some original songs by Holly and Lawyer Dave, and the album becomes a 35minute jolt to your senses.
No Help Coming is out now on Transdreamer Records.