The Academy Is...

Culling influences from pop radio’s shadowy corners, Chicago’s The Academy Is . . . came together in the spring of 2003 when guitarist Mike Carden and singer William Beckett joined forces from rival bands (Carden was formerly in a band called Jodie, and Beckett was part of a solo project known as Remember Maine). Originally called simply The Academy, the band that burst out of the Chicago emo scene changed its name to The Academy Is . . . to avoid legal complications with existing groups who had copyrights to the name. With fellow founding member, bassist Adam T. Siska, the band rounded out its roster by... Read More

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