Premiere: The Academic Take "Permanent Vacation" On New Single

Premiere: The Academic Take "Permanent Vacation" On New Single

VMAN premieres The Academic's latest single "Permanent Vacation" from their album "Tales From The Backseat" and talks to Craig Fitzgerald about their musical growth, owning every Pixies record, and the January release of their debut LP.

VMAN premieres The Academic's latest single "Permanent Vacation" from their album "Tales From The Backseat" and talks to Craig Fitzgerald about their musical growth, owning every Pixies record, and the January release of their debut LP.

Text: E.R. PULGAR

I was looking through your past records and saw you've yet to release a full-length debut—what can you tell us about the upcoming release?

Our touring schedule has been so busy over the last 18 months that it was hard to find the time to get into the studio for long enough to get it all together, but we found a window at the top of this year and got started on it in L.A. We got the majority of it done, but we got to finish it off at Abbey Road in London a couple of months ago. The tone of the record, for the most part, is reflective of what life was like for us growing up in a small town in Ireland and dealing with the reality of becoming an adult. It’s a pretty upbeat record and we are all very proud of what we have got down. We can't wait to get it out there.

Your sound is incredibly malleable, but no doubt steeped in indie rock; as an up-and-coming band, what was it like opening for The Strokes, The Pixies, and other big-names?

Those who know us know that those bands were a big influence on us as kids starting out when we were 13-14. We probably between us have every record both of those bands ever made. Getting the call to open on those shows was probably the biggest deal for us in our lives up to that point.

"Permanent Vacation" is in line with your past work, but definitely has a kind of maturity to it alongside the sound that would be familiar to fans. Why make this one a single?

We think it’s a great song and a strong representation of who we are as a band. When we started road testing the song at shows, we could see that the fans were reacting to it straight away. Give the people what they want, as they say!

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Tell me about the writing process for "Permanent Vacation."

"Permanent Vacation" was written off the drum fill in the chorus, which was originally just a guitar riff. It had a real blend of punk and a bombastic 60's feel. Once the vibe was established, the song came pretty easy.

What does the Irish indie rock scene look like right now?

It is a hotbed at the moment. The Irish music scene in general is having like this Golden Age with so many really cool bands coming through, and it’s not just in Dublin; it is all around the country. We are very excited about the music coming out of Ireland right now.

As you continue to grow as a band, ideally what would the short-term goal be—besides finishing your first record, of course?

Getting the record out to the world is where it is all at for us right now. We are so busy right now that trying to see beyond that is hard. I guess once it’s out, our main aim will be to get out and play it to as many people as we can.

Last question: why "The Academic"?

It’s not the most exciting reason, but we went looking through all our favourite books to find some words we thought would help us craft a name. 'The Catcher In the Rye' was a book that was on the curriculum when we were in school together, it kind of felt relevant to us given we were all teenagers at the time and the book kind of fitted with where we were at in our lives.  The“academic” was just one of those words that kept coming up in those first few pages.

The Academic's full-length debut, Tales from the Backseat, is set for a January 12 release on Downtown Records. Listen to "Permanent Vacation" below.

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