SXSW 2017 Interview: The Academic

By on Monday, 27th March 2017 at 11:00 am
 

Sometimes – okay, a lot of the time! – at SXSW, it’s hard to conduct an interview with a band because there’s a lot of distracting noise around you. These can be difficult circumstances. It could be on 6th Street as the world goes by. Or in this case when I interviewed The Academic after their show at the Velveeta Room Friday night as part of the Music from Ireland evening showcase there, I had to make do in what appears to be half a broom closet and a corridor being used by staff at the venue (which explains why some random people appear in our conversation below). On the other side of the wall of the broom closet, another Irish band was playing, so if you hear any instruments being banged, that’s it.

The Academic are a group I have wanted to see live for a long time, having heard of their long association with TGTF mates Kodaline, with whom they have supported quite a few times. The band explained to me they’re from Mullingar, which is essentially a village smack dab in the middle of Ireland proper, so unlike most of the Irish bands we’ve featured here in the past on TGTF, they aren’t from Dublin or Belfast, or even a town like Galway or Derry. Their music skirts that oh so wonderful line between pop and rock, and they’ve already made a good impression on the UK, having played a bunch of shows in blighty already to good crowds. As you will hear in the below interview, they seem to have a fixation with Stourbridge, one of the places they will tour soon in the first 2 weeks in April (more details here). We also talk about which bands they would love to tour with because you know, when you’re in a young band like theirs, you might just get what you wish for. For more on the Academic on TGTF, check out our coverage through here.


The Academic, The Velveeta Room, Music from Ireland showcase, Friday 17 March 2017

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