New Release: Hiss Golden Messenger – Hallelujah Anyhow

Hallelujah Anyhow is the new studio album from Hiss Golden Messenger, out September 22nd

Its ten new songs, penned by Hiss Golden Messenger principal M.C. Taylor, were recorded with Brad Cook, Phil Cook, Chris Boerner, Josh Kaufman, Darren Jessee, Michael Lewis, and Scott Hirsch. Alexandra Sauser-Monnig, Tift Merritt, Skylar Gudasz, Tamisha Waden, Mac McCaughan, and John Paul White provided vocal harmonies

Hiss Golden Messenger have announced a huge North American headlining tour from September through to December, plus three shows supporting Mumford & Sons

AUG 3 – Pickathon, Happy Valley OR
AUG 4 – Pickathon, Happy Valley OR
AUG 5 – Pickathon, Happy Valley OR
AUG 6 – Pickathon, Happy Valley OR
AUG 23 – Infinity Downs Farm, Arrington VA
AUG 24 – Infinity Downs Farm, Arrington VA
AUG 25 – Infinity Downs Farm, Arrington VA
SEP 16 – Piedmont Park, Atlanta GA
SEP 19 – American Airlines Arena, Miami FL
SEP 20 – Amalie Arena, Tampa FL
SEP 21 – Amway Center, Orlando FL
OCT 20 – The Orange Peel, Asheville NC
OCT 21 – Zanzabar, Louisville KY
OCT 22 – The Hi-Fi, Indianapolis IN
OCT 23 – Old Rock House, St Louis MO
OCT 24 – Lincoln Hall, Chicago IL
OCT 26 – Turf Club, Saint Paul MN
OCT 29 – The Waiting Room, Omaha NE
OCT 30 – Bluebird Theater, Denver CO
NOV 2 – Tractor Tavern, Seattle WA
NOV 3 – Biltmore Cabaret, Vancouver
NOV 4 – The Shakedown, Bellingham WA
NOV 5 – Aladdin Theater, Portland OR
NOV 7 – Great American Music Hall, San Francisco CA
NOV 8 – Troubadour, West Hollywood CA
NOV 10 – Valley Bar, Phoenix AZ
NOV 11 – Club Congress, Tucson AZ
NOV 14 – Barracuda, Austin TX
NOV 15 – Club Dada, Dallas TX
NOV 16 – White Oak Music Hall, Houston TX
NOV 17 – Tipitinas, New Orleans LA
NOV 18 – Saturn, Birmingham AL
NOV 19 – Eddie’s Attic, Decatur GA
DEC 6 – The Sinclair, Cambridge MA
DEC 7 – The Bowery Ballroom, New York NY
DEC 8 – The Bowery Ballroom, New York NY
DEC 9 – World Cafe Live Philadelphia, PA

And finally, some words from Taylor himself…

‘I’m from nowhere. That’s the way I feel about it now, right at this moment. Music took me and made me and gave me a purpose and I built my world with it, and now my geography is a musical one, forever. And when I break, when I think about running as far as I can, I remember that there is nothing that does me like music, and I might as well be a poor man in a world of my own devising. Hallelujah anyhow.

Rhythm? I learned it over twenty years in the back of rented vans, in attics and back rooms—hard places to get to, harder places to get out of. And now rhythm is my clock and I live by it. We all do. But it’ll kill you if you’re not careful. It might kill you even if you are. Hallelujah anyhow.

I see the dark clouds. I was designed to see them. They’re the same clouds of fear and destruction that have darkened the world since Revelations, just different actors. But this music is for hope. That’s the only thing I want to say about it. Love is the only way out. I’ve never been afraid of the darkness; it’s just a different kind of light. And if some days that belief comes harder than others, hallelujah anyhow.

Whatcha gonna do when the wall comes down?
When the wall comes down?
What you ought to do is let it lie—let it lie
And in the gathering darkness vow to never go back
It was built by man and you can tear it down
Tear it down, tear it down
Step back, Jack, from the darkness

I’ve seen darker things than night. Hallelujah anyhow.

—M.C. Taylor, July 2017