Ireland’s The Academic return today with the festival ready new single Kids (Don’t End Up Like Me), the first cut from their forthcoming new EP Community Spirit, out July 9th via Capitol Records. Listen below
Kids (Don’t End Up Like Me) was originally written by frontman Craig Fitzgerald as a teenager and is about the fear of never getting out of his hometown or amounting to anything. He comments on the track:
Thanks to the lockdown, I had plenty of time on my hands, but nothing to write about. So I started looking through all my old notebooks and found this song fully written. I had a gut feeling that it might come to life now with a few more years of living behind me since it was originally written.
The Community Spirit EP follows on from the band’s debut album Tales From The Backseat which was released in 2018 to critical acclaim. Since then, they have been busy touring until the pandemic put an end to that. The quartet even got invited by Mick Jagger personally to open for The Rolling Stones in Dublin. The Academic will tour the UK again next spring, tickets* are available as of now.