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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.   The Phrase That Pays
  5.   We've Got a Big Mess on Our Hands
  6.   Slow Down
  7.   Season
  8.   Everything We Had
  9.   Skeptics and True Believers
  10.   I'm Yours Tonight
  11.   Almost Here
  12.   Black Mamba
  13.   You Might Have Noticed
  14.   Classifieds
  15.   Checkmarks
  16.   Attention
  17.   Down and Out
  18.   Toasted Skin
  19.   In The Rearview
  20.   Sleeping with Giants (Lifetime)
  21.   Working Class Hero
  22.   Fox On the Run
  23.   New York [Saint In The City]
  24.   Sputter
  25.   Days Like Masquerades
  26.   Ghost
  27.   Winter Passing
  28.   The Test
  29.   Unexpected Places
  30.   One More Weekend
  31.   Beware! Cougar!
  32.   Coppertone
  33.   Crowded Room
  34.   Rumored Nights
  35.   Summer Hair = Forever Young
  36.   The Fever
  37.   LAX to O'Hare
  38.   Bulls in Brooklyn
  39.   Neighbors
  40.   Seed
  41.   Chop Chop
  42.   Pour Yourself a Drink
  43.   Paper Chase
  44.   After The Last Midtown Show
  45.   Automatic Eyes
  46.   Same Blood
  47.   His Girl Friday
  48.   Tokyo Bay
  49.   Every Burden Has A Version
  50.   Down & Out (Piano Rendition)
  51.   I Write Sins Not Tragedies by Panic! At The Disco

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