Ireland’s next big musical export The Academic have come roaring into 2018 with the release of their debut album ‘Tales From The Backseat’. Going straight to No.1 in the Irish album charts, it has received critical acclaim on both sides of the Atlantic and few would bet against it taking the young band to a “Different” level.
There is an irresistible charm, undeniable wit, and infectious personality shining through on this debut record, proof-positive of the band’s embodiment of a refreshing tonic and barrage of fireworks rolled into one. Leaping from mellow, artfully constructed melodic thoughtfulness into wild, explosive moments of raucous brilliance, there’s a surprise around every corner within The Academic’s music and songwriting, all executed with an undeniable measure of passion and grit.
The Academic have been building up an almost cult like fanbase all over the world having already sold out shows in Ireland, the UK, Europe, they have just returned from their first North American headline tour which was sold out in cities all across US and Canada.
The most played independent band on Irish radio in 2017, The Academic have also enjoyed considerable support in Europe and in the UK they have been championed by BBC Radio 1’s Annie Mac, Huw Stephens and Phil Taggart and now heavily tipped to break America with their song Different gaining momentum all across US radio.
“Bear Claws” the lead single from their debut album Tales From The Backseat has just been nominated for Irish Song of The Year for the Choice Music Prize.
Lead singer Craig Fitzgerald says, “in a world where there is a lot of seriousness we wanted to make a record that might take people away for a minute with our music, it’s a fun record with lots of energy. We wanted it to be infectious with an honest enthusiasm which I think we achieved”
School is most definitely out for The Academic, it’s onwards and upwards for 2018….
The Academic are Craig Fitzgerald (vox/guitar), Dean Gavin (drums) and brothers Matt (lead guitar) and Stephen Murtagh (bass)
“Catchy as hell” – The Independent
“Irish band The Academic don't write songs - they write anthems” - Clash Music
“killer hooks once in your brain, will probably refuse to leave” – DIY Magazine
“It’s time to jump on the bandwagon, this band are going to be big” – The Times