Academy Killer
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Academy Killer

Hamilton, Ontario, Canada | Established. Jan 01, 2014 | SELF

Hamilton, Ontario, Canada | SELF
Established on Jan, 2014
Band Rock Pop




"Academy Killer - Burnin Baby (Video Release)"

Just in time for Valentine's Day, Hamilton pop-punk unit Academy Killer are offering up "the happiest sounding song about heartbreak and sorrow you've ever heard."

Their new single "Burnin' Baby" hears the band blending hooky guitar riffs, melodic vocals and peppy percussion into a song that sounds deceptively happy upon first listen. Beneath the sunshine-y surface, though, the tune is actually an ode to unrequited love.

That sentiment gets captured to film in the new accompanying music video, which finds frontman Kevin Talbot wandering snow-covered fields and train tracks by his lonesome — when he's not seeking shelter and rocking out with his bandmates.

Academy Killer will play Canadian Music Week this April. First, though, get a look at the video premiere for "Burnin' Baby" below. - Sarah Murphy / Exclaim!

"Burnin' Baby - Academy Killer REVIEW"

"Hamilton's Academy Killer combines catchy riffs with melodic vocals in order to create a pop-punk sound that is sure to stick in your head."

"The band carries a vibe that is reminiscent of the pop-punk era of the 2000's, and clearly carries influences from bands like Blink 182, My Chemical Romance, and Fall Out Boy."

"Academy Killer has a rawness and authenticity to them that is hard to come by in today's mainstream system that is often dominated by artificiality. We highly recommend that you check these guys out!" - HamontMusicReviews


Late To The Party EP (10/22/2016)

  1. Original Sin
  2. The Drifter
  3. Dance With Me
  4. Something More
  5. Left To Die
  6. Late To The Party
Burnin' Baby - Single (02/14/2017)
  1. Burnin' Baby




Over the years Pop Punk has gone through many changes. Having grown up during the 2000’s, which is regarded by many as the golden era of pop punk, Academy Killer aren’t about to adopt this new school pop punk that’s making it’s rounds. As long time fans of 2000’s pop punk, Academy Killer aim to capture and deliver that distinct 2000’s Pop Punk sound. Characterized by hooky riffs capable of inducing some serious air guitar; lyrics, melodies and harmonies that will have you singing along at the top of your lungs, and just an overall upbeat & happy sound where even the saddest song could put a smile on your face.

Based out of Hamilton, Ontario, Academy Killer was founded by Kevin Talbot in 2013 as an outlet for solo material. However, it wasn’t until early 2015 when Kevin joined forces with founding drummer, Steve Dilks. The two pieced together a lineup and made their live debut October 2015. Within their first year, Academy Killer had been booked for notable festivals such as Canadian Music Week, Burlington Sound of Music and INDIE WEEK. In addition to many gigs and festivals, the guys made no waste of time when it came to writing, recording, releasing material and getting their name out there as much as possible. Academy Killer released their debut CD, Late To The Party; shot and released a music video for their debut single, Late to the Party; released a pop punk cover of Justin Biebers, Love Yourself, with the video surpassing 1/4 million views on Youtube; and the band appeared in the music video for “Ready and Willing II” by New Found Glory.

Band Members