Interview: Schemata Theory
Throughout this album you can expect to hear songs relating to mental health, the world at large, current issues within the world, what we can do as humans to come together and help each other.
Schemata Theory specialise in soaring post-hardcore played with passion and while technical in its delivery, it definitely displays the right amount of fire in the songs they play. The band’s new album Unity In Time has just been released and Gavin Brown caught up with Mario Scinto, Schemata Theory’s guitarist to talk in depth about Unity In Time as well as the band’s upcoming tour, the band’s message and how they have developed as a band since they got together.
E&D: Your new album Unity in Time is out now. What did you want fans to hear when they listen to the album?
Mario: We’re hoping that fans and new listeners alike can expect to hear captivating post-hardcore anthems with a delightful combination of dirty and clean vocals whilst an amalgamation of heavy riffs and soaring leads from the guitars accompanied by a carefully crafted pandemonium of drum work which altogether create the latest sounds of what is Schemata Theory.
E&D: How did the creation and recording of the album go?
Mario: I think as far as the creating of music goes, this was a really pleasant experience and even up to the last minute, we were changing things in the studio with ideas to hopefully make the album flow better and captivate listeners into enjoying the tracks as individual tracks and as a whole piece. I must say as a band I think we really come together and help one another out. The schedule for the recording is paramount to the successful creation of the album and everyone pulls their weight. It seems as if it’s something we grown into as a band and no one wants to let the other one down. This goes across the board for everything we do as a band.
E&D: What issues do the songs on Unity in Time deal with?
Mario: I think the band as a whole has always touched upon the same issues throughout our music writing and that Unity In Time is very much a continuation of what we believe, write and sing for. Throughout this album you can expect to hear songs relating to mental health, the world at large, current issues within the world, what we can do as humans to come together and help each other. It is very much about remembering that we are not alone as individuals even when sometimes we can very easily think that we and that no once cares. It is about trying to remember that there is a bigger picture and to reach out to your fellow brothers and sisters with this gracious life we have been blessed with. We only have one, so why not live it with togetherness and harmony?
E&D: What does the title of the album refer to?
Mario: We went through so many song titles before finally agreeing on this one to represent the album that we have created. We wanted to say that in time, things will heal and that individuals can unify over things that they maybe did not agree on before, to tackle some of the larger issues going on right now.
E&D: What has the reaction to the new material been like so far?
Mario: We have been very fortunate with the reaction to the new material so far. We have received a couple of reviews rating the album quite highly, have been on a couple of shows and reaction videos where the hosts have really enjoyed rocking out to some of the pieces on the album and we hope people will get in contact with us and tell us what they think of it once its out. Hopefully there will be a track or two on there that will relate to everyone.
E&D: How did the band get together in the first place?
Mario: The majority of us knew each other from secondary school. I say that however I don’t think many of us actually went to the same secondary school, it was just a case of living in small town and our paths kept crossing. For example, me and Huw were in Scouts together before being in the same rugby team and becoming friends. Luke and Myles grew up together as their families were friends from when they were born. Huw and Luke went to the same secondary school. The only addition who we didn’t know from when we were growing up is Josh however, I like to think by now, he may as well have been there with us growing up as he’s as much as part of the furniture as the rest of us. The majority of us were in a previous band called Down Within. Unfortunately, due to personal reasons the band name changed and Myles who use to be the drummer became a screamer, Luke joined the band as a second vocalist, Huw and I were already guitarists. We auditioned for a drummer and as fortune would have it, Josh found us, or we found Josh, whichever came first and that is how Schemata Theory was created.
E&D: Who are your biggest musical and non musical influences are?
Mario: I guess this is quite a personal question, one of which the other band members will have their own opinions so I can only speak for myself. As for musical influences growing up, I was really a little pop rock kind of dude. Loved my Blink 182, Offspring, Slipknot. These were the kind of bands that really inspired me to pick up a guitar when I was young. As time went on, my music taste became heavier and wider with the likes of Lamb of God, Employed to Serve, Caliban. Now I will pretty much listen to anything and appreciate what the artist is trying to achieve if it is. I would say I am also inspired by electronic dance music too and certain DJ’s who do an incredible job on the decks such as Carl Cox, Marco Corola, Bicep. It’s a different genre altogether but still, I believe there is a great deal of endurance and skill to be able to keep a party going 10 hours straight throughout a night and have every individual up there and dancing so no music genre is left unturned for me. If it’s good, I will listen and be influenced by it. As for non musical I would say the general public have shown some real inspiration as of late. All the NHS workers throughout this time, the essential workers who have continued to keep this country running, they’re a real inspiration to me and convey the message of never giving up hope.
E&D: What would you say that the overall message of the music of Schemata Theory is?
Mario: The overall message of Schemata Theory is to communicate about some of societies biggest challenges whilst highlighting reasons to be hopeful even in the darkest of time. This album really explores the nature of connection and what we have at our disposal in order to reach out to one another, connect and unify for the greater good of everything and everyone.
E&D: What are your touring plans once the album is released?
Mario: We have tour dates scheduled throughout 2022 to promote the album, firstly a run in March when the album is initially out and then another run later in the year. We hope to see you all at one of the shows!
E&D: With everything that has gone on over the past couple of years, are you excited to be able to play gigs again?
Mario: Of course we’re excited!!! We have been really fortunate in the fact that we managed to get a mini tour in during November 2021 and we cannot wait to do it all again in March to meet new people, create new memories and share stories with the amazing individuals that are out there.
E&D: Do you want your gigs to be a totally immersive experience for all involved?
Mario: I think over the years our shows have really become an immersive experience, it’s certainly what we strive for. We use various techniques to allow the listeners to become totally one in of the show, with us and vice versa (I don’t want to give to much away so you’ll just have to come and see for yourself and enjoy the ride).
E&D: What have been some of the most memorable live shows that the band have ever played and what made them so memorable?
Mario: One of the first gigs we ever played will always stick in my mind as one of the greatest. It was a home town show in a tiny bar called Cellar Bar in Bracknell which unfortunately does not run shows very much anymore (and even if it did, we actually got banned from playing there again as the crowd got way to out of hand for them to handle). It was bloody brilliant. I think there’s a video clip on the band going full pelt at it and it just looks crazy. We thank everyone who came out to support us that day and have done since. Since then, I would say our show before the pandemic at the O2 in Islington (which was a sell out) was fantastic. Great bands and one of the most memorable as it was the last one we played before the pandemic. More recently on our November tour Manchester and Workington both deserve specially mentions. The ‘0161 Manchester Underground Metal Community’ are an incredible group, the atmosphere they cultivate at their shows is a very special thing. Equally, the Workington show, we did not know what to expect when we showed up in this town in the middle of The Lake District! But we were blown away by how welcome everyone made us feel, the crowd were fantastic and extremely hospitable, they were genuinely passionate about live music. We cannot wait to go back there and perform in March and catch up with our new found friends.
E&D: Which bands have had the biggest impact on you when you’ve seen them live?
Mario: One of the most memorable bands I’ve ever seen are AC/DC. Funny enough it was actually at a Download Festival however they had their own stage set up, weren’t on any of the download branding, which I thought was a bit strange. However, when they played that set for 3.5 hours, it was insane. There was absolutely everything that you could have wanted from a musical experience. From the first scene of hell bound train crashing through the stage to Angus Young doing donuts on a raised platform whilst shredding on his guitar, it was absolutely insane. Followed by a series of fire works and bearing in mind these guys are no spring chickens, they definitely showed the crowd that day what it means to be in a rock and roll band. Incredible. Also the likes of seeing Joey Jordison (may he rest in peace) doing is incredible drum solo upside down on stage and slipknot paying tribute to Paul Gray on stage with his boiler suit. It really creates a sense of unity and a sort of matter of fact that life is too short and we should treasure it while we can. These have been a handful of moments that have really touched me as a rock and metal fan.
E&D: What have been some of the highlights of your time with Schemata Theory so far?
Mario: Where to begin. The journey as a whole has been incredible. It hasn’t always been plain sailing for Schemata Theory however; it’s been worth every second. I myself have learnt so much not just as a musician but as a person. There are so many skills that come along with being in a band and a brotherhood such as this one. Whether it has been gigs, video shoots, meeting new individuals, networking, social media, seeing new places and even practising, all whilst remembering to have fun along the way. These are just some of the highlights for me of being in the band however, we do spend time together just as friends. I think this is so important and I have some of the best times with the band going to see other bands perform. Letting our hair down so to speak and remembering why we love doing what it is we do whilst admiring others and supporting them. Speaking about sports and gaming and other activities that interest us. However, there is nothing better than putting on our battle armour (mostly black clothing) and going out on that stage and performing the songs we have created. What a rush that can be, especially when the crowd sing along. I look forward to more of these moments in the future.
Schemata Theory: Tour dates
- 18.03 – Bracknell, The Acoustic Couch
- 20.03 – Bristol, The Gryphon
- 25.03 – Workington, Lounge 41
- 26.03 – Whitechurch, Percy’s Cafe Bar
- 27.03 – Nottingham, The Angel Microbrewery
- 11/08 – Newcastle, Trillians
- 13/08 – Rotherham, Break The Bridge Festival
- 14/08 – Liverpool, Zanzibar
- 03/09 – Coalville, The Victoria Bikers Pub