The Academy Is... is a band from Chicago under the Decaydance label, owned by Pete Wentz
. They were originally called "The Academy" but the Is... was added later in 2004 to avoid legal problems. The band came together in 2003 and went on to release three albums, "Almost Here," "Santi," and "Fast Times at Barrington High." Members included William Beckett (lead vocals), Mike Carden (rhythm guitar, backing vocals), Adam T. Siska (bass, backing vocals), Andy 'The Butcher' Mrotek (drums) and Michael Guy Chislett (lead guitar, backing vocals, piano). On May 24th, 2011, an official announcement was made about the departure of band members Andy Mrotek and Michael Chislett. Although the band had made plans for a 4th studio album and an announcement was made by Beckett that they had begun recording, they eventually disbanded. On October 8th, 2011, mere months after they had lost two members, the band announced that they had decided to go their seperate ways.
They were often grouped as part of the "Fueled By Five" (five bands from their label, Fueled By Ramen), which also includes Fall Out Boy
, Panic! at the Disco
, Gym Class Heroes
, and Cobra Starship
- The Academy (EP) (2004)
- Almost Here (2005)
- From the Carpet (EP) (2006)
- Santi (2007)
- Fast Times at Barrington High (2008)
- Lost in Pacific Time (2009)
- Album Title Drop: "Almost Here" from the album of the same name.
- Also, 'New York (Saint in the City)' on 'Lost In Pacific Time'
Lost in pacific time with the sound of a dial tone
Let the memories count the miles and never be forgotten
- "Coppertone" contains the first part of the title of its album, "Fast Times at Barrington High".
- Mike whispers "Santi" at the end of "Chop, Chop".
- Badass Beard: The Butcher is often seen sporting one of these.
- Breakup Song: "In the Rearview".
- Cloud Cuckoo Lander: The Butcher can be this sometimes...okay, maybe a lot more than sometimes.
"Michael, I got your chicken caboodles! I got your chicken caboodles...Michael?"
"It's freakin' scooter time!"
- Downer Ending: The last song on the Lost in Pacific Time, the final song they ever released, is pretty bitter and depressing.
- Dude Looks Like a Lady: William Beckett, mostly when he still had long hair.
- Evil Twin: The video for "We've Got a Big Mess On Our Hands." William's twin runs around causing chaos and even takes his place on stage for a concert. Although in the end, it turns out it was all in William's head.
- "Freaky Friday" Flip: An episode of TAI TV involves Bill and Sisky swapping bodies right before a show. Hilarity Ensues.
- I Know You Know: A minor example appears in "Bulls in Brooklyn":
"Don't say you think you know when you know you don't"
- Lost in Translation: One TAI TV episode finds Chislett frustrated because nobody can understand him through his Australian accent. The misinterpretations range from "chicken caboodles" to "William, your hips don't lie!"
- Love Hurts: "Everything We Had"
Take the pain out of love
And then love won't exist
- Love Nostalgia Song: "Everything We Had" and "After the Last Midtown Show."
- Mr. Fanservice: William Beckett, so much. Those hipbones. Also The Butcher, who pretty much never wears a shirt.
- New Sound Album: Most fans consider "Santi" to be one.
- Non-Appearing Title: "Beware! Cougar!", "Black Mamba", "Skeptics and True Believers", "After the Last Midtown Show", and "Sodium".
- One Last Field Trip: "One More Weekend"
- Precision F-Strike: "Black Mamba"
"I'm sick and tired of waiting, sick of this fucking apartment!"
- Real Person Fic: Tons of it, mostly about William and Gabe Saporta.
- Shout-Out: "Fast Times at Barrington High"
- Suspiciously Specific Denial: "About A Girl"
I'm not in love
This is not your song
I'm not gonna waste these words
About a girl
- Take That, Critics!: Some in Almost Home as a response to criticism of their first EP.
Oh, Mr. Magazine I never wrote one single thing for you Or your so-called music scene You both mean shit to me.
- Those Two Guys: Sisky and The Butcher, somewhat.
- You Keep Using That Word: For some reason, "Rumored Nights", "Beware! Cougar!" and "After the Last Midtwon Show" all make mention of someone lying on their back.