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The Rational Academy


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Brisbane, Australia (2004 – present)

The Rational Academy are a noise/pop band based in Brisbane, Australia active since 2004. After a slew of 7” vinyl EP’s and compilation appearances they released their debut album in 2008 to international acclaim. Produced by Lawrence English, “A Heart Against Your Own” married the Academy’s pop leanings and guitar heavy approach with avante garde and experimental interests. In 2009 they released their sophomore effort “Swans”, embarked on their first international tour to Japan and were awarded “Best New Music / Experimental” at the QMusic QSong awards where they were also nominated for “Song of the Year”.

The Earliest incarnation of the group focused around the songwriting of Benjamin Thompson and Meredith McHugh, a partnership which anchored The Rational Academy in diverse musical worlds of cut-up folk, drone and pop. Following McHughs departure in 2008, Benjamin extended the groups lineup to include (at it’s current core) Thomas Roche and Luke Zahnleiter whilst also featuring long time collaborators Lawrence English, Matt Jonas (Shuriken, Aoi) & James Grundy (Subsea).

They have shared stages with a diverse array of groups including Deerhunter, Deerhoof, Mum, Xiu Xiu, Tujiko Noriko, Tenniscoats, Beach House, The Blow, Scout Nibblet, Dear Nora, Grouper & Spoon. In 2008 they were invited by the Queensland Gallery of Modern Art to perform as part of the “Andy Warhol Up Late” exhibition program.

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