Holly Golightly: From the Club to the Farm

| 5/5/2011 10:47:06 AM

Holly Golightly Small“Don’t expect any backup.” That’s the gist of a secret message sent during the Civil War to the commander at Vicksburg, Mississippi, the day the city fell to Union forces.

The note was never received and never even decoded until last year, when conservators at the Museum of the Confederacy in Richmond cracked the code.

The black absurdity of the message struck a chord for musicians Holly Golightly and Lawyer Dave, collectively known as Holly Golightly and the Brokeoffs, who borrowed it for the title of their latest recording, No Help Coming (Transdreamer).

“It was a pointless message in the first place,” Golightly says. “If they’d have been able to break the code at the time it wouldn’t have made any difference. The city was in ruins.”

Gallows humor is a theme of the new album, and it has been a constant among the dozens of releases from prolific London-born singer Golightly, who cut her teeth on that city’s punk scene. She recently relocated to a hobby farm in Georgia, where we caught up with her.

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