Symbol Six Bio:
In Nov 1981, Robbie Fields, owner and founder of Posh Boy Records was looking for the “next big thing” to sign and produce, turning to Michelle Flipside of Flipside Fanzine for advice. She told Robbie, “You need to check out Symbol Six.” In Dec 1981, Robbie went to a band rehearsal and immediately booked them in the studio to record and produce their self-titled debut EP, Symbol Six. The album was recorded at Brian Elliot studios in North Hollywood, Ca. with engineer David Hines(died in 1994, car accident) and co-producer, Jay Lansford, guitarist for the Simpletones and the Stepmothers. The album was completed in 3 days with front cover artwork by Jim Evans of Skateboarder Magazine / Cadillac Wheels fame. Back cover photos were taken by Ed Colver. The EP was debuted on The World Famous KROQ-FM's Rodney Bingenheimer show in April 1982 and rapidly became a staple in the regular rotation. The album was named a top pick in Billboard Magazine in 1982, “Full of sound and fury is SYMBOL SIX, a new five-man band from Southern California. They play the four songs here with punk exuberance, keeping everything simple but with high excitement quotient”. Symbol Six was distributed world-wide by Green World and is still a popular selling collector’s item today. Sadly, shortly afterwards due to musical differences and ironically - egos, Symbol Six self-imploded. In 1988, album was re-release on a compilation Split with Agent Orange's masterpiece, Living in Darkness.
In 1984, Eric Leach and Taz Rudd formed the short-lived Hollywood sleaze band, Stahlin, with Izzy Stradlin - Guns N' Roses. Shortly after, Eric and Taz along with Brent Muscat - Faster Pussycat, Patrick Muzingo, and Todd Muscat - Decry formed the rock n’ roll punk band Shanghai. Playing all over LA with bands L.A. Guns, Guns N' Roses, Faster Pussycat, The Joneses, and Flower Leperds. They were spotted by the legendary neon knight of sleaze, Kim Fowley, infamous producer of The Runaways, KISS, Alice Cooper, etc. at the famed The Troubadour. After seeing their performance he asked, “Are you ready to make a record?!” They immediately moved into with Kim Fowley and began writing and recording songs. David Leibert, Alice Cooper’s road manager, was recruited to come in to handle the day to day babysitting chores. Shanghai played the re-opening of the Whisky a Go Go in April of 1986 with Guns N' Roses and Faster Pussycat. Their last show was at The Scream in LA in 1987, with the band disbanding due to many unmentionable factors.
Eric Leach went on to the Art Center College of Design in Pasadena, Ca., majoring in Fine Art Illustration.
Taz Rudd was detained by the state of California for 10 years where he had the band Wrecklords consisting of members of Chantees (Pipeline), Jim Gordon of Derek and the Dominos. He went on to play in Atoms, Der Stab, Funeral, Flower Leperds, Voodoo Church, Decry, Pirates of Venus, Shanghai, Rock City Angels, and Aces & Eights(formed with Phil George and Evan Shanks) which performed at The Viper Room in August 2009 joined on stage by Slash (musician) and Steven Adler of Guns N' Roses.
In 2010, all the original members decided to get back together. The next day they met in a studio in Santa Monica and started writing and playing new material. Working with reknowned engineer Jimmy Sloan , they released their self-produced debut LP, "Monsters 11" on Symbol Six Music. Track 10 on the album, "Slave", features cellist Kirk Canning, who is also featured on Nirvana's album, Nevermind, "Something in the Way". Donny Brooks was soon replaced by Evans Shanks(Entropy) on Bass and Mark Conway was replaced by Tony Fate(the BellRays, the Grey Spikes) in 2011. Symbol Six joined fellow alumni The Crowd and Channel 3 for Rhino Entertainment - Warner Music Group Posh Boy Night at Rhino Records pop-up store in Los Angeles, California in June of 2011 to help raise money for the charitable organization MusiCares
Symbol Six 2012 and Beyond:
2012 has generated a lot of buzz for Symbol Six. Playing with such acts as Fear ,Jello Biafra, Lower Class Brats, The Adicts, and many others. They have gone back into studio with Phillip (Philco) Raves of Mystic Records fame to record their second yet untitled album in the end of summer 2012. In 2011, Dr. Strange Records in Alta Loma, Ca. negotiated with Posh Boy Records and plans to re-release original and unreleased tracks on 12" vinyl in the summer of 2012.
Dubbed by their peers as "The Hardest Working Band in Southern California", expect nothing less from Symbol Six as they kick ass, take names, and energize the world!