throwback tuesday #16

The Throwback Tuesday weekly post is a opportunity for me to revisit the good, cheesy, forgotten or essential parts of music, film, tv and books from my childhood, the past few years or the generations/eras/works of art that have influenced my life in some way.

This week, I’ve headed back towards the music with a track that firmly reminds me of my 16 year old self and the bands I loved back then and still have a big place in my heart for today. Bands such as Fall Out Boy, blink-182, Green Day, Panic! At The Disco and The Academy Is… are the 5 main acts that really do remind me of that time in my life. I’ve decided to featured The Academy Is… this week though as they are probably the least well known of the acts that really do deserve some attention on their work and because I saw their lead singer recently playing a solo set, it gave me the opportunity not only to check out his solo stuff but also to revisit his former band’s material again.

This week’s throwback track is The Phrase That Pays by The Academy Is…

This is easily my favourite TAI track with it’s dramatic build up’s to huge crashing choruses, menacing lyrics that tell a story throughout, the pop punk hooks and the sing along moments. For me, it’s the standout track of their debut album ‘Almost Here’ which was released all the way back in 2005 now and as I said it’s their stand out track overall in my opinion.

As one of the band’s on the Decaydance part of the very popular and extremely successful Fueled By Ramen Records, they managed to be a part of the huge emo/pop punk cross over scene that ran from around 2004 to 2008. Alongside label mates such as FOB and PATD, they thrived and found plenty of fans with their catchy sound mixed with storytelling and emotional lyrics that set them apart from a lot of other bands at the time. Their talent and honesty was what made them successful but being so famous so young I think in a way took it’s toll on the band in the end forcing them to go their seperate ways.

The band split in 2011 but their is 4 very good studio albums still out there for you to listen to from the band if you are thinking about delving into their backcatalogue which I would strongly recommend. For more current music though, lead singer William Beckett is now a solo artist who has so far released 3 EP’s and an album to date. Bassist Adam Siska has become a touring bassist for Say Anything and Carly Rae Jepsen while guitarist/backing vocalist Andy Mrotek has a solo project called The Animal Upstairs.

Found out more about The Animal Upstairs on their Bandcamp page. Find out more about William Beckett’s solo work on his blog. And you can check out The Academy Is… on their Spotify page.

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