The Symbols

The Symbols are a rock/soul/blues/funk trio from Fort Collins, Colorado. Founded in 2011 by vocalist/bass-player Mer Sal and guitarist Jasco (Blinddog Smokin').  

The Symbols write, record, and perform songs that have inspired movie soundtracks, public service announcements, and commercial advertisements. Many of the band's songs sound like something you might hear on the modern radio, but with vintage analog tones. The Symbols feel an intellectual and spiritual influence from modern day Jeff Beck, and Amy Winehouse's short lived but brilliant career. Critics have referred to the sound made by The Symbols as "rocking and danceable," yet at the same time "chill and zen." The crooning, jazzing vocals and guitar string-bending/whammy bar manipulations coming out of this band can be heard nowhere else.

 

News

April 1st, 2019

The Symbols: Stompit - our duo has won the preliminary round of the Colorado Blues Society's IBC and will be advancing to the finals on May 5th, 2019 to compete for a trip to Memphis, TN! 

Mer Sal, vocalist for The Symbols, is recording vocals for an upcoming Parkinson's Research Fund album by Carl Sterling featuring Jimmy Haslip, Scott Kinsey, Jimmy Keegan, Jeff Richman, Citizen Kitten, and others! 
 

January 30, 2019

Our Catching Fire album has received its 4th regional press review - with high praise from The Bolder Beat.  
Article here:
http://bolderbeat.com/musicnews/2019/1/27/review-the-symbols-catching-fire-is-a-solid-funk-blues-mash-up

November 16, 2018
The Symbols' new album "Catching Fire" is released!
We feel it's our best recording yet, check it out HERE.  
Also, read our first review of "Catching Fire",  by music writer for The Colorado Playlist, Goat.  


”Catching Fire” sets the standard against which all other female fronted Americana blues oriented recordings will be measured in the coming year in Colorado."
-Goat, The Colorado Playlist

The Symbols' core members Mer Sal and Jasco performing as Stompit - a 2-person version of their band The Symbols, at Fortoberfest, 2018.  
Photo credit: The Coloradoan

The Symbols' core members Mer Sal and Jasco performing as Stompit - a 2-person version of their band The Symbols, at Fortoberfest, 2018.
Photo credit: The Coloradoan

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"Shake It" was recorded with special guest drummer Alvino Bennett, who also produced this track.
Alvino has recorded with Stevie Wonder, Kenny Loggins, L.T.D., Robin Trower, and many others.