SOURCE: Atlantic Records

April 16, 2007 11:54 ET

The Academy Is... Has Arrived With "SANTI"; Critically Acclaimed Second Album Makes Amazing Debut on The Billboard 200; Performances on "Jimmy Kimmel Live" and "Late Night With Conan O'Brien";

Alternative Press Magazine Cover Story Hits Stands in May as Honda Civic Tour Kicks Off May 11th

NEW YORK, NY -- (MARKET WIRE) -- April 16, 2007 -- Fueled By Ramen recording group The Academy Is... had an impressive first sales week with its acclaimed second album, "SANTI." The album -- which follows the Chicago-based band's 2005 breakthrough debut, "ALMOST HERE" -- has arrived at #32 on the Billboard 200, the band's highest chart entry to date. In addition, "SANTI" charts at #7 on the Top Current Rock Albums Chart and #8 on the Top Current Alternative Albums Chart. The Academy Is... celebrated its triumph with a major network TV appearance on ABC's "Jimmy Kimmel Live!" performing live on the show's Pontiac Garage Outdoor Stage, just outside Hollywood's famed El Capitan Theatre. Coming up, the band is scheduled to perform on "Late Night with Conan O'Brien" on May 24th. In addition, Alternative Press magazine will be featuring the band as their cover story for the June issue, hitting stands in May.

"We've Got A Big Mess On Our Hands," the first single/video from "SANTI," is currently the #2 most-streamed video at mtvU.com. The band will be filming a "Campus Invasion" segment for the network in Austin on April 22nd. In addition, the video won Fuse's "Oven Fresh" two weeks ago and has officially been added to the Fuse rotation. The clip has been featured on the network's popular "Steven's Untitled Rock Show" and will be airing an interview with the band in the coming weeks. MTV2 has also added "Big Mess" into rotation and is already a featured favorite on the channel's "T-Minus Rock." Last month, the group played a high-octane set on MTV's "Spring Break '07 Live," with its renditions of "We've Got A Big Mess On Our Hands" and "LAX To O'Hare" instantly going on to become two of the most-streamed clips on MTV.com. In addition, portions of the "Spring Break '07 Live" show have been featured on MTV's "TRL." The Academy Is... will also be headlining an installment of "MTV Live," performing at world-famous Hard Rock Café in New York City for an upcoming episode.

The Academy Is... will be kicking off this year's Honda Civic Tour in May. The major 42-date trek sees the band joining forces with their longtime friends, Fall Out Boy, as well as such other major acts as +44, Houston hip-hop hero Paul Wall, and labelmates Cobra Starship. The tour will kick off on May 11th at Denver's Coors Amphitheater, then traverse North America through a July 2nd finale at the Honda Center in Anaheim, California (see itinerary below).

"SANTI" has earned The Academy Is... a bounty of glowing critical praise and coverage in a variety of national publications, including the upcoming cover feature for Alternative Press magazine. The band was recently feted in Rolling Stone as one of the year's "10 Artists To Watch," where "SANTI" was hailed for combining "heart-on-sleeve melodrama with a hard-rock swagger." Newsday was effusive in its admiration, noting that "'SANTI' is the rare sophomore album that surpasses every hope its promising debut 'ALMOST HERE' offered and delivers new ones." USA Today agreed, calling the album "bigger in every way than its predecessor," hailing the band for "coming of age, tightening its chops, beefing up its rhythm-section stomp and showing off frontman William Beckett's range." Even Playboy was aroused by "SANTI," lauding the album as "confident, intense without being strident or histrionic, light on melodrama and heavy on melody... the LP you wish The Killers would make."

Produced by the one and only Butch Walker, "SANTI" marks a major leap forward for The Academy Is..., both in terms of sonic strength and overall artistic vision. The band displays a unique gift for stadium-sized melodies and unstoppable hooks, with songs such as the first single, "We've Got A Big Mess On Our Hands," given striking identity via Beckett's emotive, idiosyncratic vocals and honest, expansive lyricism. Raw yet rich, complex but immediate, "SANTI" instantly catapults The Academy Is... to the front ranks of modern American rock bands.

Formed in the Chicago suburb of Hoffman Estates back in 2002, The Academy Is... captured attention right from the start with its inventive, electrifying take on expressive punk-inspired pop rock 'n' roll. Released in February 2005, the band's debut album, "ALMOST HERE," earned unanimous critical acclaim, with Alternative Press declaring it a "bona-fide punk-pop masterpiece."

The Academy Is... toured nearly non-stop behind the album's release, sharing stages coast-to-coast with such like-minded outfits as Fall Out Boy, Motion City Soundtrack, and All American Rejects. In 2006, the band embarked on its own rapturously received headline trek, topping a bill that also featured Hellogoodbye and Fueled By Ramen's own Panic! At The Disco. With a fervent fanbase growing daily, The Academy Is... spent their summer winning over mainstage crowds on the annual Vans Warped Tour, while behind the scenes, focusing on penning new material for what would eventually become the sophomore "SANTI."

In October, The Academy Is... was honored with a trio of mtvU Woodie Awards nominations, including the prestigious "Woodie of the Year" and two "Streaming Woodie" nods -- presented to the year's Most Downloaded Videos -- for the "Checkmarks" and "Slow Down" clips.

(TOUR ITINERARY BELOW)

                  THE ACADEMY IS...
                     TOUR 2007
          All Dates w/THE HONDA CIVIC TOUR
Feat. Fall Out Boy, +44, Paul Wall, and Cobra Starship

MAY
11      Denver, CO              Coors Amphitheater
12      Kansas City, KS         Verizon Wireless Amphitheater
13      Council Bluffs, IA      Mid America Rec. Center
15      Moline, IL              Mark of the Quad Cities
16      Minneapolis, MN         Target Center
17      Milwaukee, WI           The Bradley Center
18      St Louis, MO            Verizon Wireless Amphitheater
20      Cleveland, OH           Blossom Music Center
21      Cincinnati, OH          Riverbend Music Center
22      Pittsburgh, PA          Post-Gazette Pavilion
23      Virginia Beach, VA      Verizon Wireless Virginia Beach
                                Amphitheater
25      Montreal, QC            The Bell Center
26      Toronto, ON             Molson Amphitheater
27      Detroit, MI             DTE Energy Music Center
28      Buffalo, NY             Darien Lakes Performing Arts Center
30      Saratoga, NY            Saratoga Performing Arts Center
31      Boston, MA              Tweeter Center for the Performing Arts
JUNE
1       Camden, NJ              Tweeter Center at the Waterfront
2       Hartford, CT            New England Dodge Music Center
4       Columbia, MD            Merriweather Post Pavilion
5       Wantaugh, NY            Nikon at Jones Beach Theatre
6       Holmdel, NJ             PNC Bank Arts Center
8       Indianapolis, IN        Verizon Wireless Music Center
10      Chicago, IL             Charter One Pavilion at Northerly Island
11      Chicago, IL             Charter One Pavilion at Northerly Island
13      Charlotte, NC           Verizon Wireless Amphitheater
14      Atlanta, GA             Hi Fi Buys Amphitheater
15      Tampa, FL               Ford Amphitheater
16      West Palm Beach, FL     Sound Advice Amphitheater
18      Houston, TX             Cynthia Woods Mitchell Pavilion
19      Dallas, TX              Smirnoff Music Centre
20      San Antonio, TX         Verizon Wireless Amphitheater
22      Phoenix, AZ             Cricket Pavilion
23      Los Angeles, CA         The Forum
24      Las Vegas, NV           The Pearl
25      Salt Lake City, UT      The E Center
27      Tacoma, WA              Tacoma Dome
28      Vancouver, BC           Pacific Coast Coliseum
29      Portland, OR            The Rose Garden Arena
30      Concord, CA             Sleep Train Pavilion
JULY
1       San Diego, CA           Coors Amphitheater
2       Anaheim, CA             The Honda Center

All dates and venues subject to change.

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