The band's monster grooves harken back to the heavier sound of late-eighties/early-nineties bands like Babylon A.D. and Lynch Mob, combined with the grittiness of current hard rock groups like Velvet Revolver.
Formed at the end of 2007 by Babylon A.D. founding member/guitarist Ron Freschi and vocalist Jeffrey Winslow, and now featuring the powerhouse rhythm section of Babylon A.D. drummer Jamey Pacheco and bassist Rich Talley, Syrym is a throwback to a time when bone-crushing riffs and huge melodic hooks ruled the day.
Growing up in Hayward, California, Freschi's jazz guitar training soon gave way to the influence of guitar heroes such as Michael Schenker, Eddie Van Halen, Randy Rhoads, Dave Meniketti, Neil Schon, Warren DiMartini, Nuno Bettencourt, and George Lynch. Freschi was recruited by the Persuaders, who went on to release local rock radio hits such as "I'm No Good For You" and "Don't Ask Questions." The Persuaders eventually caught the ear of Arista Records president Clive Davis, who made them one of the label's few hard rock acts, and the band proceeded to change their name to Babylon A.D. Their self-titled debut album, released in 1989, featured several MTV and Headbanger's Ball hits, including "Bang Go The Bells," "Hammer Swings Down," and "The Kid Goes Wild," which was featured in the film Robocop 2. The band's sophomore effort, Nothing Sacred, was released in 1992. They went on to release several more albums on Perris Records.
Winslow got his start in the Bay Area's rock music scene, performing with bands such as Killer Instinct and Scattergun, but really came into his own as a multi-dimensional vocalist in Santa Barbara, fronting funk-rock quintet Psycho Graffiti, as well as two gospel choirs. Since returning to the Bay Area, Winslow has repeatedly been called upon to provide vocals for studio sessions, has written and performed music for television and radio commercials and, most recently, held down lead vocal duties for East Bay hard rockers Vertigo and 3rd & King.
As a founding member of Babylon A.D., Pacheco has delivered crushing grooves worldwide. His signature percussive sound can be heard on numerous hard rock hits, including MTV and radio singles such as "Bang Go The Bells" from Babylon A.D.'s self-titled debut album, which went Gold.
Rich Talley currently plays guitar for San Francisco Bay Area band Sidewayz 8, and is the former bassist for the Megan Slankard Band. Playing lead guitar and bass for over 30 years, Talley has shared the stage with such artists as Tesla and Eric Martin.
With the release of their debut album, Syrym is bringing back the melody and bombast that made the rock music of the eighties and nineties so memorable. They're plotting an invasion of the space between your ears, and they have no intention to leave. So get used to it.