"Santi" by The Academy Is... on iTunes

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Customer Reviews

4.5 out of 5

399 Ratings

Different but still really good.


This album has a lot more energy than Almost Here, which oddly enough makes it not quite as good their first album. however it is still a must have for fans of the band and worth checking out for new listeners. LAX to O'Hare and We've Got a Big Mess On Our Hands are top notch tracks and worth dowloading if you dont want to buy the whole album.

A great follow up to a great CD!


I got inot TAI when their first EP dropped while still under the name The Academy, i loved them then and i loved them now! Santi is a perfectly balanced CD that shows how much they have grown as musicinas and as a group. "Chop Chop" is a great upbeat song with a great melody, the fist single, "We've got a big big mess on our hands" is a must have for all TAI fans and the last song "Unexpected Places" is just an amazing song that shows off Beckett's musical skills. Over all TAI has developed into the amazing band all the fans already knew they were, and if this CD is any sign of whats to come soon all the world will realize that as well. My only Critic is that the two songs "Ghost" and "Everything We Had" are only avalable at Best Buy, but those aside this is a great CD that all Music fans, from Emo to Punk can enjoy! Buy this CD!!!

About The Academy Is...

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

    Hoffman Estates, IL

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