FORMER Rothesay Academy pupil Rory Durrant has been making waves with his Glasgow-based band, Sonic Templars, in recent years, having signed to music label Unsigned, recording their début album, and performing at venues such as King Tut’s and music festivals the length and breadth of the country.
The next great accolade to add to their expanding list of achievements will be playing as support to Scots indie band The View at the Kilmarnock Edition Festival on February 11.
Guitarist and backing vocalist Rory first met his bandmates - lead vocalist/guitarist Stewart Bryden and drummer/percussionist Scott Tonner - while studying music at college, with bass guitarist/backing vocalist Fraser Malcolm joining at a later stage.
Less than a year since they first came together, Sonic Templars have gone from strength to strength, bringing their own unique and eclectic style to the fore.
The band have also just finished recording their new single with Bruce Rintoul, who has recently recorded with Twin Atlantic and The Ting Tings. In such a short space of time, the band have certainly been hard at work.
“We’re all pretty pleased with how far we’ve come,” Rory told us, “especially from being virtually unknown on the Glasgow and Ayrshire circuit at the start of 2011.
“It’s always a bit of a push at the beginning to get your name out there. We’ve played a lot of gigs along with a few radio shows which has definitely boosted our profile.
“We’re all confident in the songs we have, so it’s good being able to play them to bigger audiences and get higher profile gigs.”
What have been the highlights of the band’s experience so far? “Getting to support Mark Morriss of The Bluetones was pretty big for us,” Rory said.
“We’re all fans of their stuff and it was great to meet him. Other than gigs though, I think recording our music with Bruce Rintoul who has worked with Twin Atlantic and The LaFontaines has been a big highlight.
“It’s a totally different experience hearing something we’ve created back with such a great level of production. We’re really looking forward to releasing the new single, The Human Connection.”
With such a fantastic start to their career, what does the future hold for Sonic Templars?
“It’s hard to say really. I guess we can only comment on what we hope for the future.
“We all share the same attitude - that as long as people enjoy what they hear from us and we can see that, then we’re happy. It’s great being able to do something we enjoy that also comes with a degree of recognition.”
* To find out more about Sonic Templars, visit their Facebook page at http://tinyurl.com/sonictemplars