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, Solange, 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, Brooklyn Night Bazaar, Rubulad, Three’s Brewing, 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.

Celebrate not Separate made its debut on August 9th, and is available now on Tigershrimp records.

Lathan Hardy | Soprano & Bartitone Saxophone

Lynn Ligammari | Tenor Saxophone

Chris Doyle | Keys 

Timothy James | Guitar

Ronnie Lanzilotta | Bass

David Palazola | Drums 

Marcus Farrar | Percussion

The record takes a lot of inspiration from improv jazz, soul-funk, and hip-hop elements as they aim to keep the listener grooving from the instant they hit the play button. Backed by solid head-nodding drums, lush keys, and funk-laden Sax melodies to match, the track slowly builds into a crescendo that would leave a lasting impression on your mind.”
— https://www.thewordisbond.com/holy-hand-grenade-be-easy/
Saxes flying, a bass that hammers in unison with drums, groove, groove and groove, and this earthly vibration, the one that travels the globe since Fela, that of the Afrobeat, that asks for better ... It’s Celebrate Not Separate! It’s Holy Hand Granade!”
— http://djolo.net/holy-hand-grenade-explosion-grooves-afro-brooklyn/?fbclid=IwAR39DjnE7MW5KZq178qrShZWRjaHkS5h6LsXdLRDzTUsQ_b7uRIeqr2FzXI
... a great record for anyone who loves great Jazz-Funk and meticulously crafted brass arrangements. There are also some hints of Klezmer, which I really like. A truly beautiful and heartfelt record!...
— A recent review of Celebrate Not Separate