The Holdup

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The Holdup
OriginSan Jose, CA
GenresReggae, hip hop, pop
Years active2006–present
LabelsDub Rock Records
Associated actsThe Dirty Heads, Rebelution, SOJA, Pepper, Sublime with Rome, Collie Buddz
MembersMike Garmany (vocalist)
Past membersKyle Christensen (bassist)
Tyler Scurti (guitarist)
Danny Flores (drummer)
Clev Stiles (DJ/band manager)
Nick Santana (keyboardist)
Grant Averill (guitarist)
Justin Kastner (bassist)

The Holdup is an American band from San Jose, CA. Their music incorporates elements of reggae, hip-hop, pop, and indie.


The Holdup formed initially when drummer Danny Flores and guitarist Tyler Scurti added vocalist Mike Garmany in the autumn of 2006. A second lineup was formed by Danny Flores (drums), Tyler Scurti (guitar), and Mike Garmany (lead vocals/guitar) in 2007 after recruiting Kyle Christensen (bass guitar). When the band began performing their original songs at local venues around San Jose, a fan base developed for their multi-genre music. As demand for an album began to increase the band recruited Clev Stiles as DJ and band manager.

Their first EP quickly sold one thousand copies in the summer of 2008. A few weeks later the band signed with local independent record label, Dub Rock, and began production on their first album, Stay Gold. Once released, Stay Gold debuted at the #1 spot on the iTunes Reggae Charts. Due to the album's success on iTunes, it was featured on the “What’s Hot” list for six weeks.

After a successful first album, The Holdup went back into the studio to create their sophomore record, Confidence in 2010. The song “Faster” adds a hip-hop style by incorporating an up-tempo beat and quick delivery by vocalist Garmany. “Motion” is an acoustic sound with heartfelt lyrics, providing musical diversity to the album. Confidence debuted at #1 on the iTunes Reggae Charts and earned the band the award of iTunes Best New Reggae Artist of 2010.[1]

The Holdup produced a third album in 2011, Still Gold. Prior to its release, a half cover of "Young Folks" by Peter Bjorn and John, renamed by The Holdup as "Young Fools", entered the music mainstream. While the third album was in postproduction, iTunes recognized the band's talent once more by placing their song "Summertime Baby", off of the album Confidence, on the iTunes Essentials Rising Stars: Reggae playlist that was released on March 28, 2011.

Still Gold was launched on April 26, 2011 and debuted at #1 on the iTunes Reggae Charts. It also earned the #2 spot on the Billboard Charts: Reggae Albums.[2]

The band released their fourth album on May 18, 2012, Consequence.

A single, "Real With You" was released November 7, 2012, for free on the Dub Rock Records website.

On October 15, 2013, they released their first single from their album, Fools Gold, Pt. I, called "IHTST" (an abbreviation of "I Hate The Summer Time"), available on iTunes. Fools Gold Pt. 1, was released on December 6, 2013.

In promotion for their newest album, The Holdup released two singles, "Let's Get High" and a demo version of "Have a Good Summer" on SoundCloud. They then officially released both songs, with a finished version of "Have a Good Summer" on iTunes. On May 12, 2014, The Holdup officially announced via their Facebook page that their newest album was to be called H.A.G.S. (an acronym for "Have a good summer"), and on August 4, it was revealed to be an EP. H.A.G.S. - EP was released on August 26, 2014.

The Holdup has released three new singles since then. "Girls Love Toast" was released for free with the option of donating on their own website on November 10, 2014, later being released on iTunes with an acoustic and remixed version on January 9, 2015. "Wish I" was released on February 10, 2015 on iTunes. Later, "Smell These Roses" was released to iTunes as well on June 9, 2015.

On June 12, 2015, bassist Kyle Christensen announced via his Facebook that he was no longer a part of the band.

Following the departure of Christensen, he was quickly replaced by a temporary bass player on their "It's All Good Tour" in the fall of 2015, touring with Wheeland Brothers.

In January 2019, the band released their latest album, Killing Time.


  1. ^ "The Holdup: i-Tunes 2010 Best New Reggae Artist." The Pier. Retrieved 17 March 2016.
  2. ^ "Reggae Albums". Billboard. 14 May 2011. Retrieved 17 March 2016.