“Biting indie rock… intensity to the band’s song-writing, making it impossible to dislodge” – Clash Music
“Some bands have such talent that when you hear their music for the first time, you are instantly hooked. These are the bands you discover early on when they’re playing small clubs before they eventually headline festivals to audiences of 100,000 or more. One of those bands to watch is The Academic.”The Revue
07 July 2017 (Toronto, ON) – Today Irish indie rockers The Academic have released their new single Bear Claws”, a vibrant, alt-rock anthem. The track casts a nostalgic glance over early youthful days when the band, still teenagers themselves, were trying to navigate their way through the minefield that is adolescence.
Discussing their nostalgic new single, the band stated, “‘Bear Claws’ is a song about when you are coming of age, that period of your life when you’re just starting to socialize, getting out there and doing it. We all do stupid things at that time of our lives, not thinking about the longer-term implications. It’s also about asking people to be honest and open rather than holding back, which in adolescence is easier said than done.”
Following their independently released 2015 EP, Loose Friends, and last year’s equally successful single, “Mixtape 2003”, the band scored opening spots with Noel Gallagher, Pixies, Catfish And The Bottlemen, The Strokes and Twenty One Pilots. Recently completing a number of sold-out headlining shows in the UK and Ireland, the band will embark on their first-ever U.S. tour supporting Judah & The Lion this fall.
The Academic have earned critical praise from the likes of The New York Times, The Irish Times and BBC Radio 1 with airplay from the likes of Annie Mac and Huw Stephens, while Phil Taggart has earmarked the quartet as one of Ireland’s biggest emerging acts.
The Academic is Craig Fitzgerald (vox/guitar), Dean Gavin (drums), and brothers Matt (lead guitar) and Stephen Murtagh (bass).

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