The Academy Is. was an American rock band from Chicago, Illinois, formed in 2003. Before disbanding, they were signed by the Decaydance imprint of the Fueled by Ramen label and they were originally known as The Academy, but added the Is. in 2004 to avoid legal complications with other established bands already under that name. The band released three albums, Almost Here, Santi, and Fast Times at Barrington High. The band announced its break-up on 8 October 2011, in May 2015, lead singer William Beckett announced that the band would reunite at Riot Fest 2015 in Chicago. In addition the members of the band Beckett, Mike Carden and Adam Siska, as well as Andy Mrotek and Ian Crawford. They recorded their self-titled debut EP, The Academy, for the Chicago-based label LLR Recordings, LLR Recordings had previously released Becketts solo project Remember Maines debut album The Last Place You Look in 2002 and Mike Cardens solo folk album in 2003. The EP was recorded in Villa Park, IL at The Gallery of Carpet by producer Brian Zieske, Pete Wentz from Fall Out Boy heard it and was impressed. The label Fueled by Ramen immediately signed the band, after recording the album and doing a summer tour, the band underwent a lineup change. Andy Mrotek and Thomas Conrad are listed in the liner notes and they hit the road hard, touring with Fall Out Boy, Something Corporate, Midtown, Matchbook Romance, Motion City Soundtrack and Armor for Sleep. The album was released on February 8,2005 and the following summer, on Billboards charts Almost Here peaked at No.7 on Top Heatseekers, No.16 on Independent Albums, and No.185 on The Billboard 200. The Academy Is. was also signed to Decaydance that year, on October 26,2006, The Academy Is. Had announced via the blog on their website that Thomas Conrad. Michael Guy Chislett joined the band to replace Conrad on guitar, while touring as a main act on the 2006 Warped Tour, the band began the process of writing songs for their second album. Once finished, the band flew to Los Angeles to record their record with Butch Walker, as of December 23,2006, the band had officially finished the recording process and the album, entitled Santi, was released April 3,2007 on the Fueled By Ramen label. The release of album was listed on Blenders 25 reasons to love 2007. On January 26,2007 a sample of LAX to OHare was released on the bands AbsolutePunk profile, the album peaked at No.32 on the Billboard 200. The band went on to release the song Weve Got a Big Mess on Our Hands as the albums first single, partly through the tour, labelmates Cobra Starship were added to the support. The tour ended on November 24,2007 in Chicago, the bands third studio album, Fast Times at Barrington High, was released on August 19,2008 through Fueled by Ramen
The Academy Is... in 2008.
William Beckett performing on the Honda Civic Tour 2007.