Irvine-based band Sonic Templars have played with The View to a sold-out crowd – and are now fresh out of thestudio with a new EP.
The loud brand of guitar music the four-piece produce has gained them a lot of critical acclaim.
The Irvine Herald caught up with the band’s vocalist Stewart Bryden.
And our first question was how Stewart and fellow members Rory Durrant, Fraser Malcolm, Scott Tonner came up with the band’s name.
Stewart revealed: “At first Idecided the name ‘Sonic Knights’ was kind of cool, but then wedecided it sounded a bit likePlaystation game.
“We liked the ‘knights of sound’ concept though, so we altered it a wee bit and came up with Sonic Templars.
“We just thought that this was a cool name, not to be taken literally, we aren’t actually Templars, as some people have asked!”
The band recently released their EP, Breaking the Silence.
Stewart said: “I think mostpeople who are fans of guitar music will like the EP.
“Tracks like ‘Breaking Silence’ and ‘Temptress’ have an energy about them which is driven by loud guitars, and big hooks and choruses.
“Guitar music has taken a bit of a back seat these days so I think its vital to keep it relevant.
“There are also more melodic moments on songs ‘Sun Catcher’ and ‘The Human Connection’, which offer a more laid-back approach to the song-writing.”
The band are now desperate to get back in the studio.
Stewart said: “We’ll beginrecording our next EP in January and we have about eight or nine new songs so we’ll see how they sound. We are also planning a full UK tour around Summertime.”
The band bring together anarray of influences into their song-writing too, including bands like Nirvana and Idlewild.
And they have just released a video for Mephisto’s Minions – the debut single from their EP.
Sonic Templars will playBakers Nightclub in Kilmarnock on Saturday, December 22. For more details or to watch their new video find the band on Facebook.