SLAMJUNK Presents: Holy Hand Grenade | Omer Leibovitz | STATHI | Bright Brown
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About the Event
New York-based songwriter, Omer Leibovitz, puts a new spin on indie-folk. It's evident that he's first and foremost a pop songwriter: on "Golden", with vocal inflections reminiscent of The Black Keys, Leibovitz reminisces on lost love with bitter clarity, 20/20 hindsight... Leibovitz’s approach is steeped in the folk tradition, with delicate, fingerpicked acoustic guitar and lyrics rife with desperation and longing. - Ethan Ames (Deli Mag).
Stathi enlisted the talents of a musical mentor and producer, Miwi La Lupa (Conor Oberst, Red Baraat, Thought). Miwi took the project under his wing and brought with him a familiar rhythm section of Omaha music veteran, Pat Oakes (Cursive, Conor Oberst, Ladyfinger), and added Adam Roberts as engineer. As the basic tracks for the 6 songs were laid out, friends began to add their touch: vocals from Corina Figueroa (Dolores Diaz & The Standby Club) and Michaela Favara (Sucettes), strings from Megan Siebe (Cursive, Simon Joyner), and mandolin/pedal steel from Mike Mogis (Bright Eyes). The EP was mixed/mastered by Josh Valleau (Glass Wall Studios, NYC).
Stathi’s voice sits above the music, attempting to make sense of his human experience. Shedding light on romance, family, personal discovery, and a vision for his future, Stathi's debut release, and first studio experience is "Life Of Compromise"
Bright Brown is sonic cinema, the visually poetic songwriting of Brooklyn based singer and Stick player, Alex Nahas. Bittersweet layers and textures abound, and beautifully crafted songs exist at the core. Alex's verse boldly chooses to sit “between the meager and the mundane” elevating the everyday. He generates a broad sonic palette on the rarely seen, Chapman Stick conjuring up a filmic landscape.
Originally hailing from San Francisco where he formed the critically acclaimed art rock ensemble, Laughingstock, Alex has collaborated in the studio and on stage with John Vanderslice, Zoe Keating, DJ Shadow, Mates of State, and Jill Tracy amongst other artful denizens of the SF music scene. He's also shared the stage with the likes of Death Cab For Cutie, Richard Buckner, Spoon, Frank Black, and Robin Guthrie of The Cocteau Twins.
Holy Hand Grenade took on its name in a moment of spontaneity. The band, like it’s name, is a spontaneous, fun and mischievous convergence of Afrobeat, Funk, and Jazz.
The band’s seven members, Lynn Ligammari, Lathan Hardy, Dave Palazola, Timothy James, Chris Doyle, Ronnie Lanzilotta and Marcus Farrar, all hail from various parts of the Eastern United States, but draw on sounds spanning generations, continents and genres, with influences ranging from Mulatu Astake and Fela Kuti, to Eddie Harris and El Michels Affair.
Members of the band split their time recording and touring with acts like Antibalas, Conor Oberst, Red Baraat, Durand Jones & The Indications, Evolfo, Pronoun, Rodes Rollins, Armo, Touki Delphine, and The Sway Machinery. The Brooklyn ensemble has been kicking around the city’s groove music scene, playing venues such as Brooklyn Bowl, Nublu, Bembe, Queen’s Brewery, Apotheke, and more.
Saxophonist Lynn Ligammari and guitarist Timothy James have been collaborating for years, going back to their days playing with the band Thought in Buffalo. Drummer Dave Palazola and saxophonist Lathan Hardy crossed paths while rehearsing for a West African Balafon group, just before Dave made his move from Maine to New York. The two kept in touch, and after Lathan and Lynn met, the three began playing together regularly, forming the kernel of Holy Hand Grenade.
Not long after, keyboardist Chris Doyle and bassist Ronnie Lanzilotta entered the mix. More recently, guitarist Timothy James and percussionist Marcus Farrar of Antibalas have joined the group, becoming fixtures of the band’s luscious rhythmic and groove-based landscape. All having joined up in time for Holy Hand Grenade to record their first full length LP, Celebrate not Separate.
In 2018, Mike Allen of Tigershrimp records added Holy Hand Grenade to the label’s burgeoning roster of artists.