The Academic. Remember that name because I think you’ll be hearing a lot more from them next year (and we’ve already covered their music for some time). The fantastic Irish indie band performed the perfect set on Wednesday evening at Dingwalls in Camden, London.
Opening with their latest single “Permanent Vacation”, they had the busy crowd singing along throughout the night and beyond. The well-written, catchy tunes and their strong stage presence gave me an impressive introduction to the band.
“Eh, woah, I’ll never let you go” was ringing around the venue at the end. The fans didn’t get their wish of one last song, but the obvious favourite “Bear Claw” kept going as the place began to empty. It’s one of those songs that stick in your head for days after you’ve heard it. They’ve headed off on tour to support The Kooks, and I expect they’ll be picking up a lot more support on their travels.
The Academic’s debut album Tales From The Backseat will be released on the 12th January 2018.
Luna Bay’s anthemic songs warmed up the crowd brilliantly. Having already supported The Academic this year, they must have impressed the headliners to be invited back to open. The Londoners already seem to be well rehearsed and prepared to be performing to bigger crowds. The tunes have a real festival vibe to them with big guitar riffs and catchy choruses.
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