Irish alternative outfit The Academic return on new EP 'Acting My Age' released via Capitol Records.
The new EP featuring summer banger ‘Anything Can Happen’ reveals some of the band’s influences from New York’s 2000’s rock rivers such as The Strokes and Yeah, Yeah, Yeah’s.
Following on from their 2018 released debut album that earned them a number 1 spot on the Irish Album Charts, the band’s new EP Acting My Age sees scrappy indie-rock meets cool 80s pop.
Catching up with the quartet on Zoom, the band were able to share insights into the creative processes behind Acting My Age and where the band are at now. Frontman Craig Fitzgerald expanded on the group’s core songwriting process.
"‘I build a skeleton of a song and its never fully finished until the three other guys put their magic on it - when the other guys hop on my whacky bedroom stuff is when it becomes The Academic’.
Speaking on the progression of the band present on the new EP, bassist Stephen Murtagh cites the influence of collaboration with the likes of former-Kaiser Chief Nick Hodgson.
"It’s a great mix of us collaborating with different producers in different studios but there’s also three songs on it that are self- produced".
When asked about the creativity in lockdown, drummer Dean Gavin reassured that:
"It’s been super productive for us actually"
The band don’t appear to have slowed down despite quarantining, and when speaking on their commitments to producing videos in lockdown, guitarist Matt (who recently shared his own guitar tutorial to the band’s YouTube page) welcomed the challenging saying:
"We’ve had to become good at cinematography as well as music!".
The career for The Academic thus far boasts sharing the stage with Twenty One Pilots, The Strokes and also a support slot for The Rolling Stones. With the launch of Acting My Age, now is as good a time as any to get on board.
The Academic’s new EP ‘Acting My Age’ is out now via Capitol Records
Words by Matty Jones