Decry is an American punk band formed in 1982 in Monrovia, California. They are often credited as one of the leading bands of the 1980s punk revival.

For 30 years Decry has had many member changes and band line ups, with different guitarists, bass players and/or drummers. Their first break up was in 1987, when some members of the band were involved in their own projects, including Shanghai, and Junkyard. But the band continued to move forward as Farrell Holtz continued on. The band is currently writing/recording new material for their next album, which is tentatively scheduled for release sometime in 2014.


Decry was formed in December 1980. The original line-up was led by front man Farrell Holtz, with Todd Muscat on bass, Andrew Vermuellen on guitar, and Rodney Dean on drums. Dean left early on and was later replaced by Pat Muzingo. The band first recorded the E.P. “Resurrection/Sorority Girls” which was discovered by Rodney Bingenheimer from a local radio station in Los Angeles and given he avy rotation on his program. The song “Resurrection” eventually made it to #18 on his top 20. Later that year, the group released the classic hardcore single “Falling”. The track appeared on the Rodney on the ROQ compilation, and reached #3 on the top 20 assembled by L.A. DJ Rodney Bingenheimer. The band was also voted one of the best new bands of 1983 by Flipside Magazine.

Decry signed with Toxic Shock Records in January 1983 and recorded their debut album, “Falling”, the following month. The band then began to hit the road with such acts as Raw Power, G.B.H., Suicidal Tendencies, Discharge, Scream, Social Distortion and other well known bands of the era.

In 1985 the band recorded the “Japanese” E.P. and continued to tour behind its release. In 1997 Decry signed with Cleopatra Records and released a double CD which included both the “Falling” and “Japanese” albums, as well as the original “Resurrection/Sorority Girls” E.P. and various live tracks.

Throughout the years Decry has continued to tour and play extensively to an ever growing collection of both older punks that still remember the band from the earlier years, to a new generation of kids that have taken Decry as their own. This would include complete U.S. tours in 2001 and 2009.

In March 2014, singer Farrell Holtz confirmed that Decry had begun writing material for a new album. This comes on the 30th anniversary of the release of the bands first LP “Falling” as well as plans for Decry to tour during the summer of 2014 in support of both the new album and anniversary.