Synical are an alternative rock act based in Hollywood, California, formed in 1989 by Brian Haught and continuing on today. Guitarist Eric Griffin later went on to play with the band Murderdolls, fronted by the iconic Wednesday 13.
Synical was formed by Brian Haught as a solo project in Georgia, United States in 1989. It started out as a musical project using state of the art electronics with limited rock based instruments. Haught was heavy influenced by English acts New Order and Depeche Mode as well as North American acts Ministry, Nine Inch Nails and Skinny Puppy. The project began to flesh out with various local musicians as Brian began to shape the musical output into something much more original.
During 1998 looking to reach an even wider audience, Synical relocated to Hollywood, California, Racci left the group and joined the Genitorturers. Ivan DePrume of White Zombie briefly stepped in to replace Shay.
Two Boston natives were discovered in Hollywood by Brian and joined the band - Eric Griffin on guitar, and Ben Graves on drums, and the band was completed by art school student and bass guitarist Brent Ashley. Synical played several sold out Hollywood shows and began to attract more attention. In 2002 Griffin and Graves left to concentrate on Murderdolls commitments and Brent Ashley left and joined the Dreaming with Chris Hall of Stabbing Westward. The band took part in several compilations released via Cleopatra Records, including:
- A Gothic-Industrial Tribute to The Smashing Pumpkins
- Shout at the Remix Tribute to Mötley Crüe
- Recovered in Nails Tribute to Nine Inch Nails
Eric Griffin is once again involved with Synical and the band are recording “Quit While You’re Behind” during the summer/fall of 2011. The project will be released as a Dual disc release featuring a DVD filmed live in Hollywood at "the King King" including a new video for "Low Quality Guy". David Black has joined as bass/keyboardist and will be performing live.
In September 2011, Synical announced their signing to French record label Deadlight Entertainment (Undercover Slut, Prophets Of Addiction, New Rising Son, Sister) for the release of their album "Quit While You're behind" released Dec 17, 2012.
- Brian Haught - founder, vocals, programming, producer, main songwriter
- Eric Griffin - guitar, songwriter
- David Black - bass, keyboards
- Ivan DePrume - drums
- Ben Graves - drums
- Melvin Davis - guitar
- Brent Ashley - bass
- Christian Burdett - bass
- Cheney Brannon - drums
- "Cleopatra Records". Cleorecs.com. 2003-11-25. Retrieved 2011-01-02.