ALTERNATIVE rock trio Fatherson are back in the studio recording their second album, as well as gearing up for a busy summer of festivals.

The band will play at Kelvingrove’s Magners Summer Nights, Belladrum Festival in Inverness, Doune the Rabbit Hole Festival in Cardross and the Midstock Festival in Dalkeith, as well as shows in England and abroad.

Formed in Kilmarnock, but Glasgow-based, Fatherson initially built up a strong fanbase in a short space of time thanks to a string of supports with high-profile bands such as Idlewild, We Were Promised Jetpacks and Feeder.

Following the success of their debut album I Am an Island, released last year, the band embarked on a UK tour that climaxed with a stunning performance in the King Tuts tent at T in the Park.

Scotland’s premier festival may not be on the band’s schedule this time around, but frontman Ross Leighton assures The National that it’s for a good reason: “We want to have new material ready before we play T in the Park again, especially after the success of last year. Our shows are spread out because we’ll be recording in between, but we’ve tried to throw in a few each month so people don’t forget we exist!”

“Belladrum will be particularly amazing. It’s the highlight of our summer and probably our favourite festival of all time.”

The band are in high spirits after the massive achievement that was I Am an Island. A sonorous blend of anthemic choruses and soaring guitar melodies, the record has established the band as possible successors to Biffy Clyro’s unofficial crown of best rock band in the country.

Despite weighty expectations, Leighton is confident that the new album will deliver: “Those kind of buzzwords of ‘maturity’ and ‘progression’ are applicable, to be honest.

“There’ll be more orchestration on the next one, different tunings and more wacky stuff that we didn’t think we were capable of.”

Fatherson’s modesty is perhaps best exemplified by their reaction to recently playing in America, an experience that Leighton describes as “overwhelming”.

Playing New York and the SXSW festival in Austin, Texas, the trip was their first venture outside of Europe.

“The shows were good and we met a lot of great people,” says Leighton.

You can see Fatherson at the following dates:

Aug 8 – Belladrum Festival, Inverness

Aug 9 – Magners Summer Nights – Electric Honey Sessions @ Kelvingrove Bandstand, Glasgow

Aug 21 – Doune the Rabbit Hole Festival, Stirling

Sept 12 – Midstock Festival, Dalkeith.