Almost Here (The Academy Is... album)

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Almost Here
The Academy Is Almost Here.jpg
Studio album by The Academy Is...
Released February 8, 2005
Recorded Wisner Productions (St. Cloud, Florida)
Genre Folk,[1] pop,[1][2][3][4] pop punk,[5] pop rock,[6] punk rock,[4] rock[1][4]
Length 32:57
Label Fueled by Ramen
Producer James Paul Wisner
The Academy Is... chronology
The Academy EP
Almost Here
From the Carpet
Singles from Almost Here
  1. "Checkmarks"
    Released: 2005
  2. "Slow Down"
    Released: 2005
  3. "The Phrase That Pays"
    Released: 2006

Almost Here is the first full-length studio album by American rock band The Academy Is..., released on February 8, 2005 by Fueled by Ramen.


After recording the album and a doing a summer tour, the band underwent a lineup change. Tom Conrad, formerly of Chicago local band 5o4plan, replaced LaTrace as the second guitarist/backing vocalist and Andy Mrotek, formerly of Last Place Champs, replaced DelPrincipe as the drummer. Andy Mrotek and Thomas Conrad are listed in the liner notes, but were added to the band after the recording of Almost Here to replace DelPrincipe and LaTrace, respectively.

The album spawned three singles: "Checkmarks", "Slow Down" (often incorrectly referred to as "Hollywood Hills"), which was chosen through an online poll on the band's website, and "The Phrase That Pays". "Classifieds" was an intended single from the album and a video was made for the song. For unknown reasons, this video was never released, but the video's director posted it on YouTube.[7]

On February 6, 2010, The Academy Is... performed a 5th Anniversary Show for the album with Sing It Loud and special guest.

10th Anniversary Reunion[edit]

On September 12th, rumors were confirmed that the band would embark on a 10th Anniversary show for Riot Fest in Chicago.[8]

Following the announcement of the Riot Fest reunion show, the band released dates for the 10th Anniversary U.S. tour.[9]


Professional ratings
Review scores
Source Rating
AbsolutePunk (89%)[1]
AllMusic 3.5/5 stars[2]
musicOMH 3/5 stars[3]
The Skinny 1/5 stars[4]
Sputnikmusic 4.5/5[6]

The album debuted at #20 on the Billboard Top Heatseekers chart, as well as at #24 on the Billboard Independent Albums chart.[10] It also charted at #185 on The Billboard Top 200 Albums Chart. By May 2006, the album had sold over 144,000 copies.[11]

BuzzFeed included the album at number 33 on their "36 Pop Punk Albums You Need To Hear Before You F——ing Die" list.[12]

Track listing[edit]

All lyrics written by William Beckett, all music composed by Mike Carden and William Beckett, except where noted.

No. Title Length
1. "Attention"   2:53
2. "Season"   3:34
3. "Slow Down"   4:02
4. "The Phrase That Pays"   3:17
5. "Black Mamba"   2:46
6. "Skeptics and True Believers"   2:54
7. "Classifieds"   2:52
8. "Checkmarks"   3:00
9. "Down and Out" (William Beckett) 4:30
10. "Almost Here"   3:06
Total length:


The Academy Is...
  • Evan Leake - Graphic Design


Chart (2005) Peak
U.S. Billboard 200 186
U.S. Billboard Top Heatseekers 7
U.S. Billboard Top Independent Albums 16
U.S. Billboard Top Internet Albums 296


  • McMahon, James, ed. (19 September 2015). "51 Greatest Pop-Punk Albums Ever!". Kerrang! (London: Bauer Media Group) (1586). ISSN 0262-6624. 

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