Irish 4-piece The Academic are proud to share ‘My Very Best’, the final single to be lifted from their forthcoming album and EMI debut, ‘Sitting Pretty’, which is set for release on February 10. The album coincides with a tour that takes in dates across the UK and the rest of Europe.
On an album which packs storming stadium-ready choruses at every turn, ‘My Very Best’ pushes The Academic’s talent for refinement to the fore; with the percussive snap of 80s pop and the band’s eye for effervescent melodies providing the perfect vehicle for the subtleties of Craig Fitzgerald’s composed delivery.
“My Very Best is a song about coming up short. We wanted to write something that could encapsulate the heavy heartedness and cruelty of feeling like you can’t emotionally provide a relationship with what it needs to survive.” The band continue, “The song explores the inner turmoil and feelings of inadequacy this realisation can bring.”
Produced by Nick Hodgson (Mark Ronson, Dua Lipa) at London’s Snap Studios, ‘Sitting Pretty’ is an album about navigating life in your 20s; the uncertainties and the ever-shifting sense of self.
“It’s about the entrance into true adulthood and how that can alienate you from yourself, making you feel like you’re playing a supporting role in your own life,” the band explain. “In one moment feeling 100% certain about everything, only to become overwhelmed with feelings of aimlessness and lack of direction in the next.”
Staying true to the idiosyncrasies that have cultivated their ever-growing fanbase however, The Academic persist in finding the fun and the romance within the transience of it all.
“Ultimately it’s about finding your feet, feeling the weight of time passing on your shoulders, and trying to enjoy the good times and the meaningful relationships along the way.”
Alongside the release of ‘Sitting Pretty’, the band are excited to share four UK dates for February 2023, including a stop at London’s Shepherds Bush Empire for their biggest headline show outside of Ireland. Tickets are on sale via the band’s website HERE.
These four boys from Mullingar step into album two with unshakable intent, having been on something of a journey of discovery since the success of their self-released debut, ‘Tales From The Backseat’, which debuted at number 1 in Ireland. At the tail end of the Summer, they unleashed ‘Don’t Take It Personally’, a song which puts the young masculine ego under the spotlight; in both its immovable heft and its frail fractures.
From the strutting confidence of ‘Pushing Up Daisies’, to the vulnerable songwriting of ‘Homesick’, ‘Sitting Pretty’ is a snapshot of a band with the world at their feet, maturing before our eyes. With the ever-growing experience, fanbase and discography of a band far beyond their years, 2023 looks like it could be a big one for The Academic.
The Academic Live:
10th February – Glasgow, Barrowlands
11th February – Manchester, Albert Hall
23rd February – Birmingham, O2 Institute
24th February – London, Shepherds Bush Empire
27th February – Hamburg, Molotow Musikclub
28th February – Berlin, Pratchwerk
1st March – Munich, Orange House
3rd March – Paris, La Boule Noire
4th March – Amsterdam, Bitterzoet
5th March – Brussels, Botanique Witloofbar
6th March – Cologne, Helios 37