One of the most exciting young bands coming out of Ireland right now, The Academic have just announced a run of dates across the US and Canada this Fall. ‘Tales From The Backseat’ the debut album which was released earlier this year, went straight to the top of the album charts in their native country, is brimming with uplifting pop hooks, sweet vocal harmonies and youthful exuberance. There is an irresistible charm, undeniable wit, and infectious personality that shines through with the band. Leaping from mellow, artfully constructed melodic thoughtfulness into wild, explosive moments of raucous brilliance, there’s a surprise around every corner within the music and songwriting, all executed with an undeniable measure of passion and grit.
Racking up millions of streams online, selling out venues across the world, touring and opening for the likes of Twenty One Pilots, The Kooks, and The Strokes and a recent date opening for The Rolling Stones, it’s a far cry from the band’s early days, playing local battle of the bands competitions in Mullingar.
Back then, the rewards were simple. “The idea of just being able to play your own music to a small room full of friends was really exciting,” says lead singer Craig Fitzgerald,“It sounds like a really cliched thing to say, but we genuinely didn’t have major expectations, we have never felt pressure to be something we are not. That mindset has stayed with us right up to now, we feel fortunate and don’t take it for granted that we get to do what we love for a living.
The Academic are completed by Matthew Murtagh(guitar/vocals), Stephen Murtagh (bass) and Dean Gavin (drums).