We got to sit down with Gus Sinaro from the aptly named band SINARO over the weekend to talk about his love of all things Metal, collaborating with some big name artists, and the unfortunate effects Covid-19 has had on touring bands.
SINARO: A Chance Meeting..
I met Gus Sinaro by total chance on the internet in a discussion about touring bands and the enormous effects Covid has had on artists. Personally, I consider myself “retired” from the touring life, but I can only imagine how downtrodden everyone is. How… restless all of these talented bands are feeling.
I have had SINARO pop up in my Youtube suggestions more than once, and while I had heard them before, I never took a deep dive into their music until now. After checking the out, I knew I had to get an interview!
Gus Sinaro is a one man powerhouse, handling most of the writing duties as well as juggling the production and recording side of things as well. Gus is a one man, Metal wrecking crew in both the studio and stage.
SINARO to my ears, blends the melodic side of Trivium and Killswitch Engage with classic riffing of bands like Megadeth and Iron Maiden. Add in to the mix some complex two part guitar harmonies with a brutal rhythm section, and catchy choruses. SINARO is a polished Metal onslaught, but it wasn’t always that way.
It took some planning on Gus’s part, and some serious skill honing over the years.
SINARO: Beginnings and First Taste of Success
Gus Sinaro is a Brazilian-born Metal guitarist that knows all about having a vision. Gus had caught the Metal bug at an early age with bands like Metallica, Alice in Chains and Iron Maiden. After moving to the United States at the age of 17, he knew exactly what he wanted to do with his life; be in a kick-ass band.
He found initial success with his Metal/Thrash band Symphony of Malice. But Gus took it all to the next level when he created SINARO. The eponymous project takes the Thrash-y Metal stylings of Symphony of Malice and puts more melody, harmony, and structure in the songs. Top it all off with Gus’s killer vocals and some big guest appearances, and you have the natural evolution SINARO’s signature sound.
Over the past few years, Gus and his crew has gone on to open for some really big bands all over the world, like Trivium, Devildriver, All That Remains, and Nervosa. Unfortunately, all of that has come to halt due to The Covid Pandemic.
Like most big name bands, SINARO’s “bread and butter” is touring. This year has had a huge impact on everyone in the music community, and some are definitely feeling it more than others. But talking to Gus off the record, he has no intentions of giving up. This is just a short pause.
How did Sinaro start? Who are your biggest influences?
SINARO started as a solo project idea back in 2010. I decided to make Sinaro my priority and main band in 2014, due to my old band Symphony of Malice going on an indefinite hiatus. The solo band turned into a full Metal/Rock outfit and has Collaborated with the late Oli Herbert (All That Remains) and super shredder Andy James (Five Finger Death Punch).
Sinaro is influenced by Classic Thrash and Heavy Metal bands such as Metallica, Megadeth, Testament, Iron Maiden,Pantera, Machine Head as well as more recent acts like Trivium, Silent Civilian, Killswitch Engage, Lamb of God, Bullet for my Valentine to name a few.
You can definitely hear all of those influences in your sound! What is your rig looking like these days?
My latest tour rig was the simplest setup I have had by far. ESP 6 & 7 Guitars with EMG pickups and Ernie Ball strings. As far as amp and pedals, Hughes & Kettner Black Spirit 200 floorboard along with Line 6 wireless unit, ISP mini noise Decimator, Precision drive by Horizon pedals, Korg Tuner pedal.
Editor’s Note: Gus is endorsed by ESP/LTD Guitars, EMG USA, and Hughes and Kettner.
Mike Cassano’s latest tour rig was ESP 7 string and Aristides 6 string with Ernie Ball strings. Mike uses a Helix Line 6 pedalboard along with Line 6 wireless unit.
You’ve played with some big names in the Metal community, how did you get hooked up with Oli Herbert from All That Remains?
We collaborated with Oli Herbert from All That Remains as I was a friend of Oli’s and the we talked about a potential collaboration for many years. This finally came to fruition in 2017. Oli was also featured in “Break The Paradigm” music video.
Being on tour can be absolutely nuts in my own experience. What is your favorite story from being on the road?
Our latest European tour earlier this year was awesome. Sharing the tour bus with 24 metalheads was an amazing experience all around that we will always remember.
But I must say another fun one was getting our bus breaking down in Kingsland, Tx in 2018 and being stranded there for days only to find out that that’s where they filmed the original Texas Chainsaw Massacre! So Guess where we spent my Birthday? In The Texas Chainsaw Massacre hotel! 100% true story.
Actually, that’s not the worst way to spend a birthday! Your music sounds killer. Do you self produce your music? What is the writing and recording process like?
Thank you for the kind words. I wrote and produced all of the SINARO albums and singles at Dexter’s Lab Studio with Nick Bellmore as the studio Engineer. “The Living Dead” album was mixed by Chris “Zeuss” Harris (Hatebreed, Rob Zombie, Demon Hunter).
The world has come to a halt due to Covid 19, I know it has affected you greatly. Can you tell us a little about your situation?
Covid 19 crushed all our plans for 2020. We were supposed to do a US tour and everything got canceled even before we announced anything. Due to Covid and all the uncertainty that it has brought to the music world, Sinaro lost some of the tour members leaving myself and Mike in search of a steady lineup for 2021.
Thanks for chatting with me Gus, and I wish you good luck for the future of SINARO. You’ve made it this far, and I’m sure you’ll continue your upward stream of success! With that being said…
Now is The Perfect Time to Help Out SINARO, and Your Favorite Bands!
Covid has completely wiped the slate clean when it comes to touring. So many bands in the Metal community are having a tough time financially and even spiritually due to lockdowns and travel bans.
Now is the perfect time to buy some merch from your favorite artists. If you are in a rough financial position yourself, it doesn’t cost anything to give these bands a few Youtube plays and hit “like” on the video. Stream and download your favorite bands, share their material. Every little bit helps!
You can get some SINARO merch at their official store: https://sinaro-official.com/merch
Youtube channel, featuring Music videos and playthroughs: https://www.youtube.com/user/sinaroband
You can also find SINARO on all streaming services, like Spotify, Apple Music, and Amazon Streaming!