As you may remember, last year we featured The Academic as one of our bands to look out for summer 2015, excuse me in advance for how cliché my next statement is going to sound but, man! What a year has been for the Irish indie-rockers since! Not only have they had huge chances of supporting acts such as Noel Gallagher and Catfish and the Bottlemen, but they’re becoming bigger and better every time.
Late last year, the band released their long awaited Loose Friends EP, half a year goes round and they’re ready to take on the next leap of their career.
With a fuzzy, energetic track filled with a joyful chorus that makes up for the perfect summer anthem of their generation, “Mixtape 2003” captures the essence of what it feels like to be young and the desire to enjoy things as they come, to be free – cue the picture of young boys with them rolled up skinny jeans and cigarettes ready to take on a fun summer roadtrip.
Stylistically, this song displays perfectly the nostalgia of making up your own mixtapes, that feeling you got when you finally came up with the perfect combination of tracks and couldn’t wait a second longer to blast it from your car. The Academic’s music is definitely something my teenage self would love to hear hidden on all those mixtapes I once made, and something current indie-rock scene lovers would gladly listen on repeat.
Listen to “Mixtape 2003” below: