Saturday 9 May 2020

WATCH: The Academic - 'Anything Could Happen'

This one has been sitting in my inbox for a few weeks now (blog perks) and I'm really excited that it's finally out in the world! Scoring a last minute premiere on BBC Radio 1 from Annie Mac a couple of nights ago, the track is Anything Could Happen from The Academic. They've shared a video for the track expertly directed by Hope Kemp and Ronan Corrigan - with the lockdown putting a spanner in the works of a self-proclaimed 'really fancy' music video, they turned to fans (specifically couples) in lockdown across the globe, together and apart, and the result is overwhelmingly cute.

The indie four-piece have already made a huge impact in their home country of Ireland, scoring a Number 1 album over there with Tales From The Backseat. Not content with riding the airwaves at home, they're beginning to really make an impression further afield, appeasing an ever present desire for good guitar music, which finds itself somewhere between inspirations Franz Ferdinand, The Strokes and Vampire Weekend. A sold out Scala show under their belts, they've got Electric Ballroom pencilled in just as soon as they can play it. The impression I get is that, locally, there's a real buzz and excitement around the band, the pride that a homegrown group are on the verge of exploding into the mainstream elsewhere. Deservedly so.

Talking of blog perks, I've just snuck a listen to the next track from the upcoming EP and it's pretty good... you'll want to keep track of these guys.

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