Going to Mars Tour
Judah & the Lion
The Academic, Tyson Motsenbocker
815 V St. NW
Washington, DC, 20001
Doors 7:00 PM
Judah & the Lion
Forming in their early teens, The Academic are Craig Fitzgerald, Dean Gavin and brothers Matt and Stephen Murtagh. In late 2014 word started spreading throughout the flatlands of Westmeath, a small county in the middle of Ireland about these 4 young kids who played really fast and short sets that sometimes just fell apart but sometimes was pure magic to witness. No frills just short, sweet and straight to the point.
Lead singer Craig Fitzgerald says "We have been together since we started secondary school, gradually learning our craft and playing where anybody was prepared to listen to us. There has been no defined path or formula for us. We write, we rehearse, we plug in and we play. It's that simple. We are not a band that was shaped overnight. We have grown up as people and as musicians over the last few years and we have gone through a lot to get to the point where we are happy with the music that we are making right now. "
Ireland’s newest indie-rock sensation The Academic have had an incredible 18 months. From playing a 'Battle of The Bands' competition at their local high school the band have emerged as one of the most exciting live acts on the Irish and UK music scene. With an already impressive live resume which include some of Europe’s most high profile festivals as well as opening slots for acts like Twenty One Pilots, The Strokes, Catfish And The Bottlemen, The Academic have also been a firm favourite with the online blogosphere reaching No.3 on Hype Machine, amassed millions of streams online and have also had widespread international radio play including support from BBC Radio 1 in the UK (Annie Mac, Huw Stephens,Phil Taggart).
“biting indie rock - intensity to the band's songwriting, making it impossible to dislodge” Clash Music
“it’s time to jump on the bandwagon, these guys are going to be big” – Lauren Murphy, The Irish Times
"Pardon me while I rock the F*** out" - The Burning Ear
“Jangly, garage rock guitars drive alongside self-confident punchiness and nostalgic purpose. They are a band that has all the ingredients of a wide-range breakout as their music spreads across Europe and beyond in 2017.” Operation Every Band
In North Central Washington State, Tyson Motsenbocker grew up in the apple orchards and pine forests at the foothills of the Cascade Mountains. It’s the pastoral sound of his childhood that has defined the sound of his music, even among the freeways and fast pace of his new Southern California home. After the release of two EP’s Until it Lands and Rivers and Roads, Motsenbocker defined himself as a mature lyricist and accomplished songwriter, sharing the stage with the likes of David Bazan, Vance Joy and James Bay.
In 2013, after the death of his mother and hero, Motsenbocker walked the six hundred mile stretch of coastline to San Francisco in memory of her. In the contrast of loud cars on a dirty highway with the serene beauty of the Pacific Ocean, Motsenbocker contracted a new view of life beyond loss, a renegotiated relationship with God and peace inside the turmoil. This walk would become the basis for his debut full length record, Letters To Lost Loves, available now on Tooth & Nail Records.