Saturday Feb 24
Review: The Holdup – Consequence

The Holdup – Consequence
Track Listing:
1.) Sabraya (Intro)
2.) Girl Next Door
3.) I Don’t Love You Yet
4.) Bad Boy
5.) Head and Money
6.) Square
7.) We Party
8.) My Weekend
9.) Can’t Feel a Thing
10.) Honest (feat. James Melo)
11.) The Moon and the Stars
12.) All The Way Down
13.) Sativa
14.) Tomorrow Will Be Better
15.) Nostalgia (feat. James Melo)
16.) The Moon and the Stars (Chopped N’ Screwed)

The Pier Album Rating:

Release Date: May 18th, 2012
Record Label: Dubrock Records
Official Website: The Holdup’s Website

Group Background:
The Holdup formed in early 2008 out of San Jose when drummer Danny Flores and vocalist Mike Garmany recruited bassist Kyle Christensen and DJ/Manager Clev Stiles. After only just a few months of playing local gigs the group cultivated a solid fan base and began selling out local venues. As the group’s popularity grew the demand for an album was apparent. In late 2008 The Holdup hit the studio and began recording their first full length album Stay Gold.

In 2010 the quartet found instant success with the release of their sophomore release, Confidence. It rose to the first spot on iTunes reggae chart and The Holdup was named iTunes’ Best New Reggae Artist. Following with yet another #1 album in 2011 Still Gold, The group has been known to recant their limits as a reggae band, pumping pop, hip-hop, and alternative into their musical selfhood. The group has put a dent in mainstream radio, as a feature on KSCU 103.3FM and KITS Live 105.3 in The Bay area with their single from Consequence titled ‘My Weekend’.

Album Review:
The Holdup’s musical platform has held strong since day one. With Consequence, the four-piece sheds further light on issues left unsaid by most of their industry-specific cohorts. Their fourth album presents nothing new for the California DJ/band combo as their lyrical significance again accentuates gritty, shameless, and true-life moments and settings– with a somewhat non-embellished, but addictive musical framework.

Alcohol, sexy girls, parties, and mind-numbing drugs are drumming themes throughout their discography and they did not take a different approach with Consequence. Their music may not pertain to a universal audience, however honesty and realness are two well-respected elements that pump through The Holdup’s veins. This album reiterates many of those ideas through a barrage of reggae, acoustic, and hip-hop-style songs; The Holdup’s strong suit.

“Can’t trust me when the press is near”, sings Mike Garmany in the song “Bad Boy” idealizing much of the band’s writing attitude.

The first single from Consequence, “My Weekend” is the epitome of feel-good summer music. The Holdup yields most of their incredibly dynamic beats with a drum machine. I don’t know if anyone does it better. Melodies such as “My Weekend” builds off these electronic beats brilliantly. I’m wondering how this translates to a live ambiance though. “We Party” is also party anthem material. It has a poppy flair to it and it screams MTV-ready.

“Honest” is a song about ailing relationships. It has a catchy fabrication of harmonies as well as a message relevant to men and women who have been in and out of love in their lives. It may be my favorite on the album, and the addition of featured vocalist James Melo was a suitable match. He also appeared on “Nostalgia”, where his Drake-like voice matches up to the level of lead singer Mike Garmany. It took awhile for me to distinguish between the two singers during their respective verses in “Nostalgia”.

A lot of songs seemingly bleed into each other. Many of the songs are simply one looped melody. Often I found myself trying to distinguish between songs due to the fact that many carry upon the same beat. However, the individual meanings are what distinguish The Holdup vibe from the rest. In “Square”, Garmany sings about living with his mom, doing it all for the free drinks and girls, but most importantly not changing his sound for the critics. Who couldn’t respect that!?

Overall, The Holdup’s fourth album proves their unchanging presence in a struggling industry. Emotions run high throughout Consequence. There was the faultless balance between love and hate, partying and addiction, money and jealousy, plus some. However, the music is faceted to a younger demographic and won’t appeal to everyone. Not everyone will enjoy listening to songs about one’s sex life and money, but The Holdup recognizes their audience.

Their reggae tendencies shine through, nevertheless Consequence is especially embellished with poppy melodies, hip-hop rhythms, and even a rap verse here and there. Followers will appreciate this jaunty sixteen track album but with such an exclusive truthfulness and blend of genres, who couldn’t?

Written & Reviewed By: Matt Emodi

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7 Responses to Review: The Holdup – Consequence

  1. alex says:

    I am not surprised that this guy still lives with his mom. Don’t get me wrong the Holdup have some good songs. Stay Gold was good, and Confidence had its moments. As a fan I am looking for some musical development, an improvement in musicianship. To hear that the majority of the songs rely on one melody looped is a disappointment. How many albums can you release before you learn to play your instrument?

  2. will says:

    I completely agree, i don’t think I heard a guitar solo the whole album. They started off reggae and then forgot why they even became a band. I understand you have to appeal to wider audience but didn’t you listen to “All The Way Down”? he talked shit about reggae and basically what this website is about. If you’re gonna say stuff about “Through the Roots Here to Stay EP”, at least they don’t try to badly influence people. if theyre only doing it for the money then they lost my support. it’s almost like inexperienced kids got their hands on good music equipment..

  3. Adam says:

    Most songs nowadays, and in this genre, consist of four chords. In the studio, many producers will have you play those four chords over a click track. This way he can, “loop”, it throughout the whole song (there could be a slight variation for a chorus or bridge or what not) but basically every reggae/rock song you hear is a looped chord progression. Many bands in this genre also rely heavily on simple riffs rather than solos. Also, on a side note, the songs on the new holdup album have tons of layers. you can hear them all throughout, there are tons of little riffs in the background and multiple guitar sounds. Some of it is pretty inventive. There just trying out new stuff. I get where he’s coming from though in “All the Way Down”. It must suck to make a song you put your heart into and then people hate on it because there are no upstrokes. Being pigeonholed must suck. I think it’s cool there trying other stuff. There’s still some reggae tinges on there.

  4. Dub Diezel says:

    Adam I don’t think you could have said it better bud. I will be 31 next week haha so a lot of what Mike sings, I can’t really relate to anymore, but could at one time in life. It’s kind of funny and brings back younger memories to just sit back and hear him sing about stuff I could once relate to with girls, drugs, life, partying, you name it, and let’s face it people, the kid has a set of vocals on him and can sing. There aren’t too many bands that I will actually purchase their hardcopy CD unless I have repect for them and like their stuff and if I want to DJ Loop stuff somnetimes it’s better for me to have an actualy CD than an MP3Gain version downloaded off a music website or something. I own all of their albums, waiting on this latest to get to me in the mail “CLEV”!!! Anyway’s what I’m getting at is so many people want to clown on these dudes, but look….. we are talking about them on The Pier, aren’t we? More comments than you see with a lot of other reviews on here (unfortunately) and the Pier staff bust their butts typing us good news most if not all the time. I bet Mike and Clev and the rest of them are just sitting back smiling reading this stuff. Their doing their job. Their making music that makes people want to talk about it, and I tell you what, for all those tough asses out there that want to clown, well tell me this, why are you even listening to their music then to know whether you think it sucks or not and say the same stuff each time they put out an album. It’s like that closet backstreet boy boy band fans hahahaha I think deep down you do like the music but think you’ll look like a tool if you admit it (which I’m all with you hating boy bands but trying to make a valid point damnit). Who gives a f***! I agree with what the dudes from the band said on this website, that they think they brought somethnig to the table that fans of all genres of music will like. I give Mike credit for speaking from the heart and saying what he thinks. I do admit I think it’s kind of weird like on Still Gold album when he says we’re not a reggae band and never really claimed to be, but what the heck do you call Stay Gold man! Hahaha I think what he means is that they like reggae just as other styles of music, and their misson isn’t to be held in one main genre. They are trying to get a little away from it because they don’t want to be labeled as another whiteboy reggae band out of the state of Cali just putting Skanks etc… in their music because that’s what everyone else is doing. Yeah he talks about not trying to be Drake and this and that and really pin points just about what everyone says about them, which maybe I wouldn’t do so much on a future album, but their kids in their 20’s, their maturing and have growing up to do, so what are you expecting? If Mike says he lives with his Mom still… I laughed my ass off hearing that thinking this kid has a pair admitting that and thought it was genious, at least the dude is honest, and how many of you in your early 20’s aren’t maybe in College locally and living for free in your parents basment or something. Give the kid credit on not trying to look too cool. I think it’s cool they take bits and pieces of all types of music they like and incorporate it in thier sound. How many rappers do you see playing the guitar etc… Andre 3000 from Outkast does and it’s cool to see more of it with a hip-hop tinged song. This new Chick I dated for about 2 months heard me playing “Head and Money” a track I got off Youtube not expecting it to be on the new Holdup album, but thinking it was somethnig Mike was doing solo, she about gagged being the cough cough good Cahtolic chick she claims to be, but wanted to hear it again i nthe end. I found it funny, she may not have cared for the lyrics too much, but she loved Mikes voice singing. Like with most musicians, the first albums are usually the best, as I will forever think Stay Gold and the song “Good Times” kill em all, but I do like something they bring to the table with every album they do. The Intro to their new album is dope and I think they outta do an instrumental album sometime, with different dubs and what not because I think when Mike does decide to play the guitar, he can come up with some cool riffs. Peace!!!!!!

  5. alex says:

    Dub Diezel not saying that people shouldn’t be a fan if they like what they hear. And I am not trying to clown on them, just making some observations. There is just not enough going on in the music to keep me interested. And also arguing that just because its common for other bands to loop simple chords and riffs, doesn’t make it any more appealing. I could make the same songs the Holdup makes on Garageband, as long as they don’t call themselves musicians I don’t have a problem with it.

  6. Adam says:

    right but what I’m saying is every song ever wrote is essentially a loop. so that would mean no song or band appeals to you.

  7. Sondra C says:

    I love there music and all of there albums & think there songs are funny but true…. Majority of the shit they sing about females are true too…. I like that they keep it honest!!! I definately think they are unique as well & hope they keep putting out more albums… I just discovered there band about 2 years ago on iTunes out of all places… & very happy there from NorCal like me.. I’m hoping to make it to one of there shows to see what they are like live… Anyways I agree DUB!! Haters are going to hate no matter what but what they don’t realize hating on them just makes them more famous so whatever lol… ?

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