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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 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
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  2.   Superman
  3.   About A Girl
  4.   Toasted Skin
  5.   The Phrase That Pays
  6.   Slow Down
  7.   We've Got a Big Mess on Our Hands
  8.   Checkmarks
  9.   Attention
  10.   In The Rearview
  11.   Sleeping with Giants (Lifetime)
  12.   Classifieds
  13.   Skeptics and True Believers
  14.   Black Mamba
  15.   Down and Out
  16.   Ghost
  17.   Winter Passing
  18.   One More Weekend
  19.   Beware! Cougar!
  20.   Coppertone
  21.   Crowded Room
  22.   His Girl Friday
  23.   Working Class Hero
  24.   Pour Yourself a Drink
  25.   Bulls in Brooklyn
  26.   Neighbors
  27.   Seed
  28.   You Might Have Noticed
  29.   Almost Here
  30.   Same Blood
  31.   Fox On the Run
  32.   Days Like Masquerades
  33.   I'm Yours Tonight
  34.   Paper Chase
  35.   After The Last Midtown Show
  36.   The Test
  37.   Summer Hair = Forever Young
  38.   The Fever
  39.   LAX to O'Hare
  40.   Unexpected Places
  41.   Rumored Nights
  42.   Sputter
  43.   Chop Chop
  44.   New York [Saint In The City]
  45.   Automatic Eyes
  46.   Everything We Had
  47.   Season

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