John Nowicki’s deranged rock outfit Holy Terror returns to Ybor City to support Tattered Saints

Songwriter Kristopher James rounds out the bill at Crowbar.

click to enlarge John Nowicki of the Holy Terror, which plays Crowbar in Ybor City, Florida on June 26, 2021.
John Nowicki of the Holy Terror, which plays Crowbar in Ybor City, Florida on June 26, 2021.

You might need to take a little vacay after what’s going to be a mind-altering night of music at Crowbar in Ybor City. Take how The Holy Terror accurately describes its sound:

“Multi-instrumentalists from Tampa, blending outlaw country, jazz, metal, and chamber music. Cello, synths, banjo, lap steel, and trumpet complete the sound.”

This is just the second time polymath musician John Nowicki’s eight-piece project has played since pre-pandemic. In an email Nowicki—also a bitters aficionado—told Creative Loafing Tampa Bay that keyboardist and sampler Troy Cedeno has left (“with an open invitation to come back whenever he wants”) and been replayed by Joe Grady who’s using a six-string bass “run through some ungodly multi-effects pedal that makes the bass sound like any instrument conceivable… and he busts out the melodica when he's not doing that.” Rounding out the lineup are Sean Pomeroy (bass), Owen Meats (electric guitar), Peter Nuffer (guitar), Melissa Grady (violin, cello), Kenny Pullin (trumpet, percussion) and Scott Miller (drums, lap steel).

Nowicki added that he’s “switched from acoustic guitar to electric guitar to keep up with the wall of sound these folks are making,” and admitted that the band’s sound has morphed from “our original, vaguely acoustic 'twangy dread' into 'electric dread.' We've become a bit heavier.”

Tampa Bay’s working class rock band the Tattered Saints (FFO: Springsteen, Mellencamp) is on the bill along with songwriter Kristopher James.

Tattered Saints w/The Holy Terror/Kristopher James. Saturday, June 26, 8 p.m. $10. Crowbar, Ybor City.@TatteredSaints on Facebook

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Stephanie Powers

Freelance contributor Stephanie Powers started her media career as an Editorial Assistant long ago when the Tampa Bay Times was still called the St. Petersburg Times. After stints in Chicago and Los Angeles, where she studied improvisation at Second City Hollywood, she came back to Tampa and stayed put.She soon...
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