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Get To Know: The Academic

If you’re on the hunt for a new indie band to get your teeth into, look no further than Irish lads The Academic.

Like insanely catchy choruses and coming-of-age lyrics? Get listening to them now before they’re huge.

How did they get started?

The Academic formed in 2013 while the band members were still at school in Westmeath, Ireland. Vocalist/guitarist Craig, guitarist Matt, bassist Stephen and drummer Dean originally met when they were all in their early teens. They settled on the current line-up for the band when they turned 18.

The band went through several interesting name changes – including The Frescos and Maginot – before thankfully settling on The Academic.

They began writing songs and gigging and soon made a name for themselves in their local scene. In fact, 16 different A&R people turned up to one of their early gigs in 2013. Craig said, “We didn’t know anything about that type of stuff; we were just four lads playing gigs and we just came across the right people”.

What have they released?

The band released the ‘Loose Friends’ EP back in 2015 and sold out Dublin’s iconic Vicar Street off the back of it. They grabbed attention once again when their single ‘Bear Claws’ went viral – thanks to their “live looper” video on Facebook. It received a whopping one million YouTube views in just 48 hours.

Their latest album ‘Tales From The Backseat’ has received rave reviews and it’s no wonder. The album is packed full of infectious hooks and big festival sing-a-longs perfect for summer vibes.


Who have they supported?

Who haven’t they supported?! These guys have been cutting their teeth touring with legendary acts, like: Noel Gallagher, The Strokes, and The Rolling Stones. They’ve also joined Community ’19 headliners The Kooks for a European run. Not half bad for a band only on their debut album.

What’s their ‘must listen’ track?

First single ‘Different’ is a delicious slice of summery indie rock with a soaring chorus guaranteed to get stuck in your head.

Juicy fact

Their early songs were influenced by the iconic coming of age novel, ‘The Catcher In The Rye’ by J.D Salinger.

For fans of…

The Hunna, Bastille, The 1975

What have the band got coming up?

The band have promised there’ll be new music in 2019 and we can’t wait. And, obviously we’re counting down the days until the boys bring the tunes to the N4 Stage at Community 2019 in Finny P in June!

Catch The Academic at Community ’19 on 30th June 2019, alongside The Kooks, Blossoms, Don Broco, The Hunna and many more.

Tickets on sale now for Community 2019 for just £40 plus booking fee.