Chris Holbrook, Craig Conard, Nicholas Emerson, Nicholas Conner and Steve Poon are Gas Station Robber. Their music has often been compared to Snow Patrol, The Postal Service and Death Cab for Cutie. While their music embodies a few of these elements, they maintain their own very distinct sound. GSR’s music has been featured on MTV's Real World Brooklyn and Cancun.
Chris Holbrook grew up in San Antonio, Texas. He hails from a creative family; his mother runs a dance studio, and his brother is an actor on Broadway. Although constantly exposed to the arts as a child, he got a fairly late start in music at age 20, when he first picked up a guitar. At 22, after a move to Los Angeles, he began to focus strictly on singing and songwriting. He and Craig met soon after, and a few years later began GSR.
Craig Conard is from Kansas City, and learned to play guitar there. In late 2001, he moved to Los Angeles and began a career in audio engineering. He worked at The Sound Factory as an assistant engineer, and eventually left to start making records on his own. A few months later he met Chris Holbrook, started a rock band, and eventually morphed it into GSR. Currently, Craig works with Michael Brook (Composer, Producer, Scored An Inconvenient Truth and Into the Wild among other works) and Boyd Tinsley (Dave Matthews Band) on assorted projects.
Nicholas Conner is originally from Minneapolis, MN. As a child he was more of an athlete, until he turned 12 and unearthed the power of the drum... which to this day still dictates his life. In MN he studied with Dave King, was the house hand drummer playing with Mark Wheat, and also helped create the band, “A Whisper in the Noise", who he recorded and toured with internationally. He made the move to LA after his group was mangled by a coast to coast tour. He then joined forces with a band called "Solare" until GSR gave him an offer that he couldn't refuse.
Nick Emerson was raised in Michigan, near Ann Arbor. He has played the drums since age 14, and took up keyboards a few years ago when he started performing with GSR. In addition to joining GSR, Nick has recently been dabbling in remix production, original electro/dance tracks, and spinning records at parties and clubs in the LA area (DJ OH! / Magic Hour). Nick also works with his good friend/musician, Noah Andrade (Ugly Zombie), on a "hardcore/experimental electronic" project known as "NCxWP".
Steve Poon, originally from San Francisco, California, spent the majority of his youth immersed in music. He dabbled in a variety of instruments before settling on the bass guitar by age 12. Steve played with musicians in a multitude of genres, from Jazz to Pop to Hard Rock; learning everything he could and playing with as many people as possible. It was Steve's reputation for his versatile playing and explosive live performance that got him work with Shafter & My Former Self; two of the Bay Area's most talented bands. However, It was the desire to do more and Steve's love of music that led him to follow his dreams in Los Angeles. Currently, Steve doubles on Bass in Impel (www.myspace.com/impel
); whom he's played with for the past 3 years.