Indie rockers The Academic are back with a festival-ready banger.
Craig Fitzgerald and co have released their anthemic new single 'Kids (Don't End Up Like Me)' and unveiled their upcoming EP 'Community Spirit'.
Having previously had Kaiser Chiefs’ Nick Hodgson produce their 2020 EP 'Anything Could Happen', Fitzgerald decided to test out his producing chops on the follow-up.
He said: “I’d spend a lot of time during lockdown working on my production chops, trying to get the most out of the little equipment I had. The band put their faith in me to take a stab at producing this. Whilst it’s definitely super DIY, it’s been a cool experience and helped us realise we can make music on our own.”
Fitzgerald dusted off the spirited track - which he penned as a teenager - and it couldn't be more fitting as pilots for festivals and gigs feel like baby steps towards the long-awaited re-opening of the live music industry.
The vocalist added: “'Kids (Don’t End Up Like Me)' is one of the first songs I remember writing back when I was a teenager. It was the first time that lyrics had come very easy to me. It’s written about the fear of not getting out of your hometown and amounting to anything. 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.”
Stream 'Kids (Don't End Up Like Me)' below: