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The Academy Is...

Formerly in rival bands on the Chicago local scene, guitarist Mike Carden and vocalist William Beckett came together in 2003 to mark the beginning of emo-pop outfit the Academy Is... (originally named "the Academy"). Naming influences from U2 to Weezer to Pink Floyd, the duo added bassist Adam Siska (Beckett's classmate from high school), along with a second guitarist and drummer, to record 2004's The Academy EP for hometown label LLR Recordings. As luck would have it, fellow Chicagoan Pete Wentz (Fall Out Boy) heard the release and brought the band to the attention of his current label, which resulted in an offer from Gainesville's Fueled by Ramen. Six months after Carden and Beckett set to work writing their full-length debut, the band headed to Florida to record.

A few lineup changes arrived in 2004, as guitarist/vocalist Tom Conrad and drummer Andy Mrotek climbed aboard as permanent members of the group. Relentless touring with the likes of Fall Out Boy, Something Corporate, Midtown, and Armor for Sleep steadily built a devoted audience around the country before the band's well-received label debut, Almost Here, arrived in February 2005. Gigs continued at a frantic pace in support on the album, and the Academy Is... released the six-song acoustic EP From the Carpet exclusively on iTunes in early 2006. The digital release contained three new songs (including a cover of John Lennon's "Working Class Hero") and acoustic versions of tracks from Almost Here.

Following a summer spent on the road with the Warped Tour, the guys parted ways with Conrad in the fall of 2006 (replaced by guitarist Michael Guy Chislett) and began writing new material back in Chicago. The Academy Is... eventually entered a California studio with famed producer Butch Walker (All-American Rejects, Hot Hot Heat) to record what would become their sophomore effort, Santi, which ultimately arrived in early April 2007. Fast Times at Barrington High, a reference to the school that Beckett and Siska attended as teenagers (as well as a nod to the '80s film Fast Times at Ridgemont High), arrived the following year. ~ Corey Apar, Rovi
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3/22/14 and still loving the music
They're awesome definitely high up on the list for me.
Still one of my all time favorite bands. I love William Beckett's solo career but will always miss TAI. Best concert Ive ever been too!
they're good. follow me? <3
Nobody makes good music like this anymore
I miss them:(
patushi
I miss this band so much, im so sad they broke up :(
My favorite is Winter Passing and The Phrase That Pays <3 I will forever miss this band :(
I love the song about a girl ��
It's whiny noise
I'm not in love. This is not my heart. I'm not gonna waste these words about a girl. This makes me wonder, what do these lyrics say about his sexuality? Sounds damn legit to me.
cic.etheridg e
they remind me of hathaway brown - i wish hathaway brown (formerly copperpot) was on pandora...
juliehouse1
Miss them so much. Saw them live over 20 times. Fantastic band.
THEY BROKE UP???
kolic1la
The lead singer William Beckett is doing solo stuff now and its pretty good! I just saw him this summer, he still plays some TAI songs too.
I wish i would have seen em :/ and it sucks because i had opportunitie s like ive been listening to these guys since Almost Here dropped. I miss them so much :/
): sad day, don't I wish they didn't break up. Fantastic band.
soo cool...
Their song called About A Girl wow I love that song just heard it for my 1st time
THEY BROKE UP?????!!!!? ? ! ? ! ? ! ? ! ? ! ? ! ? ! ?
LOOOOOVE THIS BAND!!! Heard it on accident. More like fate. :)
it sucks that they broke up :c i love them anyway ;D
:'( i wish they didnt break up, there song about a girl was played at my summer camp in the dance ahh so many good memories ;)
bands like this were the soundtrack to my over dramatic and sensative high school years....im kinda embarrased but eh...ill take in doses...stil l love them though!!!!!! ! ! ! !
sooooooo freaking cute! love this band!!!!!!!
THEY BROKE UP!??!?!?!?! ? ! ? ! ? ! ? ? ! D: NOOOOOOOOOO! ! ! ! ! ! ! ! ! !
RIP The Academy Is... 10/08/11. Thank you for helping so many of us. You will be missed. 'From this point on, The Academy Is… belongs to you.' facebook.com / t h e a c a d e m y i s
they broke up today
I LOVE THE ACADEMY IS... \m/
If you like The Academy Is... you might like The Summer Set. You can check out The Summer Set playing their new song Someone Like You here: (sorry the link only works if you type it in, copy and paste doesn't work)http:// v i m e o . c o m / 2 3 0 2 5 8 2 2
Yeah, they are really good, but you can tell in there more recent albums that it just doesn't have the same sound...it sounds like they are trying too hard to please all their 'new' fans. =/
http://www.y o u t u b e . c o m / w a t c h ? v = Q s 3 V N Y o x n g 4
there amazzinnnggg
I was listening to anberlin and they came on and it was all pop-star stuff ACK! Givmme sum rock!
<3
Look more like drag queens than dudes to me.
William (the lead singer) is sooooooo ahmazingly hawt!!!;)
i <3 them (:
mauiluvspurp l e
The Academy Is... cool band!!:p
laksh122
i love TAI and cobra starship :D
i agree with th seargeant. I'm afraid a few more of my favorite artists are selling out...(never s h o u t n e v e r . . : ( )
I don't think it sucks when bands get popular....i t ' s when they buy into the main stream music. Which this band is already there but I still like their music.
it shouldnt matter when bands get popular. it just means that the public is finally starting to realize what good music is which is a good thing. i agree that almost here is better than fast times but i dont think thats because they gained popularity. but i have to say some bands (fall out boy) do sell out ot appeal to the crap-music loving public which sucks.
oh my. I'd be inclined to agree with Ellie and Kate, but i don't care that much. TAI is... enjoyable. As with most emo music, the songs are meant to at once express whatever angst comes out of touring as an emo-genre band and appeal to the prepubescent public -- who definitely are the most voracious audience out there for said emo bands. When I started listening to this band-- around 14 years old-- those were my angst-ridden years.

Have I mentioned how much I love "Almost there"?
True, true. :)
i agree. it is a great album, but you have to admit, its just not the same as almost here.
I agree with Ellie and Kate; it totally sucks when bands start to get popular. But Fast Times For Barrington High is still a really good album.
yeah thats cool. i mean, i always like bands when they first come out, before theyre famous, so then when they start putting out more albums, they just change, and leave all their old fans behind. and get new ones.
luminescent_ e m a c i a t i o n
I don't know... "About A Girl" is my favorite song by these guys (so far) and it's off the "Fast Times" album...

-Arvis
i agree with kate.

but then again, isnt that what happens with every band?

they start out doing it just for the music and the fans. and then as soon as they get famous, they start doin it for money, and it poisons the music. it makes me sick.
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