Hiss Golden Messenger recently visited the World Cafe studios. The North Carolina folk-rock duo of M.C. Taylor and Scott Hirsch, originally from California, relocated to the East Coast when Taylor decided to study folklore at the University of North Carolina. The band released its debut in 2009, and prior to forming Hiss Golden Messenger they were both members of the Santa Barbara hardcore/punk band Ex-Ignota and the alt-country indie rock band The Court And Spark. Interestingly, singer-songwriter Jack Johnson once made a short documentary about the Ex-Ignota when he was a student at University of California, Santa Barbara in the mid Nineties.
Hiss Golden Messenger recently released Lateness Of Dancers, an excellent collection of autumnal, rootsy songs spiritually connected to the work of J.J. Cale and Jessie Winchester. The songs lean back to the golden era of The Band, with warm, smart song arrangements and inspiring playing by guitarist William Tyler, and contributions from Megafaun’s Brad and Phil Cook.
Listen to their Cafe performance and interview here. During the session Hiss Golden Messenger performed “Lucia,” “Day O Day,” “Southern Grammar” – that you can watch below – and the downloadable “Mahogany Dread.”
Hiss Golden Messenger, My Morning Download, World Cafe