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The Academy Is... Biography

Formed in Chicago, Illinois USA, by lead singer William Beckett and guitarist Mike Carden the Alternative-Rock band The Academy Is... also included Tom Conrad as second guitar + backing vocalist, Adam Siska on bass and Andy Mrotek on drums.

Since Beckett and Carden first came together in 2002, the band have paved their way with lightening speed. After adding Siska on bass and a second guitarist and drummer, the group headed into the studio and recorded an EP for Chicago label LLR Records; it caught the attention of Fueled By Ramen which immediately signed the young band and put them to work, recording their full-length debut.
In 2004 The Academy Is... underwent a line-up change and set out on the road with bands like Fall Out Boy, Something Corporate, Less Than Jake, Midtown, Matchbook Romance among others.
The band's first album, "Almost Here", was released in February 2005 reaching #7 on The Billboard Top Heatseekers chart.

The Academy Is... issued their sophomore album, "Santi", in April 2007 via Atlantic Records; the disc peaked at #32 on The Billboard Top 200 Albums chart generating a Modern Rock minor hit with the CD's first single: "We've Got A Big Mess On Our Hands".

In August 2008, the group released "Fast Times At Barrington High", the set gave them their career best chart position with a peak of #17 on The Billboard 200. However, the first single, "About A Girl", received little airplay on mainstream Pop/Alternative radio.

In the fall of 2011 The Academy Is... officially called it quits.


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    Group shot 2005

Almost Here (2005)

Almost Here
1. Attention
2. Season
3. Slow Down
4. The Phrase That Pays
5. Black Mamba
6. Skeptics And True Believers
7. Classifieds
8. Checkmarks
9. Down And Out
10. Almost Here

Santi (2007)

1. Same Blood
2. LAX To O'Hare
3. We've Got A Big Mess On Our Hands
4. Sleeping With Giants (Lifetime)
5. Everything We Has
6. Bulls In Brooklyn
7. Neighbors
8. Seed
9. Chop Chop
10. You Might Have Noticed
11. Unexpected Places

Fast Times At Barrington High (2008)

Fast Times At Barrington High
1. About A Girl
2. Summer Hair = Forever Young
3. His Girl Friday
4. The Test
5. Rumored Nights
6. Automatic Eyes
7. Crowded Room
8. Coppertone
9. After The Last Midtown Show
10. Beware! Cougar!
11. Paper Chase
12. One More Weekend
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