The Academic

Resident Presents

The Academic

Hamish Anderson

Tue · March 6, 2018

7:00 pm

$12.00 - $15.00

This event is 21 and over

The Academic
The Academic
Nothing will ever feel as free as the first time you hit the recording studio to lay down your
own music, a rush that Irish foursome The Academic channeled perfectly on their 2015 debut
EP ‘Loose Friends’. The joyful intensity of those early songs was all ripped jeans and carefree
nights, as the band sang about youthful passion with optimistic fervor and a cheeky wink.
That irresistible charm, undeniable wit, and infectious personality shines through again on
their highly anticipated debut full-length ‘Tales From The Backseat,’ 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.
Now in their early twenties, The Academic are one of the most exciting new acts coming out of
Ireland. Growing up in the rural town of Mullingar, about an hour west of Dublin and set in
the very heart of Ireland’s agricultural midlands the four met in high school, becoming firm
friends through their shared of love of toasted sandwiches, Nicholas Cage movies, and of
course, music, with each having their own unique influence. Brothers Stephen and Matt
Murtagh favored Britpop, Craig Fitzgerald rap, while ‘dark-side’ Dean Gavin was into metal.
Those differences soon blended into a shared enthusiasm for the early 2k NYC rock revival
lead by the likes of The Strokes, Interpol and Yeah, Yeah, Yeahs and that post-punk sound
made an indelible ‘watermark’ on The Academic’s music.
For the four members of The Academic, one thing was clear: they were always going to make
music. From their very first gig - an underage school disco where they performed a shoddy
MGMT cover with a nerve-wracked Craig on lead-guitar - to their appearance on Battle of the
Bands when they came a resounding last, these four Irish Midlanders were resolute in their
determination to share their music.
They started shredding through their local live scene. “We played a lot of parties, pubs, clubs,
with our friends in the crowd,” says Matt. “It was hot, sweaty and full of energy. We didn’t
know what we were doing but those shows were a lot of fun to play, especially the ones where
the crowd was on the same level as the band.”
Hamish Anderson
Hamish Anderson
Australian blues rock guitarist, songwriter and singer
Venue Information:
428 S Hewitt Street
Los Angeles, CA, 90013