The Symbols / Bio

The Symbols are a female fronted trio from Fort Collins, Colorado, that invented the term "Spiritual Porn Rock". The Symbols' eccentric yet catchy music is a complete package of radio pop music with the spicy additions of rock, funk, and blues influences. Their style is a unique treat when you listen to the attention that goes into rearranging their cover songs. A brand of their own music, they're difficult to describe - but instantly easy to recognize.

The Symbols have just released their first full-length album, SMILE, produced by Phil Brown (Little Feat, Pat Benitar, Ace Freheley, Bonnie Tyler), which has received raving regional press in the Rocky Mountains.
Another album, "Symbolized" came out this year and is only available to live fans - fans who attend the show and buy it in person.

The Symbols are fronted by the incomparable Mer Sal on lead vocals and bass guitar. She expresses her truest feelings using a range and precision of vocal expression, inspired by many of the jazz, blues and funk greats of the 20th and 21st century. Mer Sal is an interpretive vocal artist to the core, and a lifelong songwriter. Songwriting and performing is not only what she does for a living, it is who she is. Her solid Jamerson-and-Rainey-inspired bass grooves also hold the band together.

Lead guitarist Jasco’s guitar sings with passion or screams with fury as he squeezes drops of soul from bent strings. In addition to rock-blues-funk stylings, Jasco’s musical depth is explored with subtle additions of flamenco, jazz, and classical textures.
A year before The Symbols formed, Jasco threw all of his guitar picks out the window, and since that day, has only played with his fingers. You will be amazed at the way he is able to manipulate guitar sounds today using only his hands and a strat. Though some might say the force of music flows through him and he is a muse.

On the drums is drum veteran Don Stahl, whose past touring and recording experiences include Joey Dee and the Starliters and Damon Fowler. Don shares his experience, enthusiasm, love, and conviction with The Symbols as their first ever full time drummer.

The Symbols play across Colorado and Wyoming, and have traveled to Kansas, Oklahoma, and California in recent times. Look for The Symbols at a venue near you in the future!

General Info

Band Members
Mer Sal, Jasco, Ryan Sapp
Artist Name
The Symbols
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Active Since
Pop / Rock / Funk

Contact Info

Fort Collins, CO
Phil Brown

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