October 27, 2017  /  The Academic

Location: Westmeath, Ireland

FFO: Still Inlimbo, On a Plane

Label: Room 6 Records

After using Facebook live as a loop pedal on previous single ‘Bear Claws’, Irish rocker the Academic return with ‘Permanent Vacation’. With disheveled guitars and echoey drums, the first few bars sound like garage rock, from the garage, however, then Craig Fitzgerald’s voice cuts like cheese wire through the muddy mix, and brings with it an element of pop purity. That being said, the lads don’t soften up too much; the drums remain heavy and after an acoustic breakdown, the drums meander into the realms of Keith Moon and a blistering buzz saw guitar riff is enough to make you believe the Academic work hard, play hard.