hmv's Next Big Thing - August 5, 2020

hmv's Next Big Thing... #268 The Academic
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by Tom hmv London, Bio Editor. Peanut butter, punk rock and pillows.

hmv's Next Big Thing... #268 The Academic

Every Wednesday we recommend a brand new artist who we think you're going to love. This week we bring you Irish foursome The Academic...


Who Are They?

The Academic are singer Craig Fitzgerald, drummer Dean Gavin, and brothers Matthew and Stephen Murtagh, who provide bass and guitars. 

Formed in 2013, the band built up a large fanbase in their native Ireland, leading up to the release of their debut album, Tales From The Backseat in 2018. 

Now signed up with Universal imprint Capitol Records, the foursome are on a big push with album number two, which they've been working on for the past few months. 


What Do They Sound Like?

The Academic take their cues from Vampire Weekend and the 80s pop-rock of The Cars and The Replacements. Angular riffs and big, big choruses. 


Why Should I Be Excited?

Big tunes and big ideas, it'll be interesting to see what the band do with their next full-length effort. 


Can I Hear Something?

Indeed. You can hear their new single 'Acting My Age' by clicking below:

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