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Artist of the day: Her Name Is Victory

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Tampa’s Her Name Is Victory has been playing together since late 2007. Singer-bassist Bryon Sobtzak and drummer Shane Cohn played together in American Supermodel and Static in the years preceding their current stint, and Christina Piasecki played guitar for Mr. Bella.

The guys, a generation older than their female counterpart, pool together their rock and power-pop sensibilities with Piasecki’s harder, percussive style to create a dynamic merger of styles; atmospheric wails, pop structure, jagged riffs — uniting in a not-too-loud, not-too-soft-but-just-right-Goldilocks pot of rock sounds, which conveniently enables the band to blend seamlessly into a variety of venue billings.

Her Name Is Victory performs at 8 p.m. Friday with Dear Old Liar and Wine to Water at Crowbar, 1812 N 17th St., Ybor City. $7.

After the jump, get Julie Garisto's full profile of this strangely named trio ...

Victoriously yours: Bryon Sobtzak, vocals, bass and keyboards; Christina Piasecki, vocals, guitar and keyboards; Shane Cohn, drums, vocals.

Who is this strangely named trio? Tampa’s Her Name Is Victory has been playing together since late 2007. Members Sobtzak and Cohn played together in American Supermodel and Static in the years preceding their current stint. Piasecki played guitar for Mr. Bella. The guys, a generation older than their female counterpart, pool together their rock and power-pop sensibilities with Piasecki’s harder, percussive style to create a dynamic merger of styles; atmospheric wails, pop structure, jagged riffs — uniting in a not-too-loud, not-too-soft-but-just-right-Goldilocks pot of rock sounds, which conveniently enables the band to blend seamlessly into a variety of venue billings.

“One constant,” explained Cohn, “is the melody-harmony. We can go from acoustic to electric, harder to lighter, but the melody-harmony remains throughout.”

And that unique name? “It’s loosely based on the statue of Nike, but it was more of a random thing,” said Cohn, who dubbed the band. 

Storytellers: The three come up with song lyrics and arrangements together, using a narrative approach. For example, their tune Lonely Flight (which showcases some of the band’s best vocal harmonies) tells the tale of two women returning from out west and relating to one another their crushed dreams of making it big.

“Brainstorming a thought helps to put everyone in the same mood,” said Piasecki, who, along with the other two become cheerful when mentioning the band’s collaborative spirit.

Day jobs: Piasecki works at King Corona Cigars in Ybor City; Cohn attends cosmetology school and Sobtzak owns a waste management/collections company that services apartment complexes.

Staunch three piece? The trio enjoys the camaraderie they share in their current lineup but concede that they are open to a fourth member. “Being a three-piece has helped us find new ways to coordinate the bass and guitar,” said Piasecki.

Sobtzak: “We like the direction, vibe-wise.”

Cohn: “It forces us to strip down more.”

Live vs. recordings: They each emphasized that the band sounds better live, saying their shows offer a lot of movement about the stage, eye contact with the crowd and a good-time feel. “Raw energy,” said Sobtzak.

Favorite recent performances: Piasecki, impressed with Foxy Shazam, said, “Their live show blew my mind. I was kind of stunted and inspired to up the ante.” Sobtzak had praise for the Legendary JC’s out of Orlando — “You can’t be in a bad mood when you see the Joint Chiefs.” Cohn was speechless about Danko Jones.

Custom-made guitar: Piasecki plays a guitar made for her by local guitar designer Jim LeClair. “It’s something like a Telecaster — crisp, but it gives a lot of body.”

A danceable energy? “People dance at our shows,” Piasecki said with a smile.

Cohn: “It’s more of a rockin’ type of dancing.”

Sobtzak: “Yes, very white.”

Hear them: With Dear Old Liar and Wine to Water, 8 p.m. Friday at Crowbar, 1812 N 17th St., Ybor City. $7; 18 and older admitted. myspace.com/hernameisvictory.

-- Julie Garisto, tbt*. Photo: Eric Sachse.

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