Santi (album)

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For the village in Burkina Faso, see Santi, Burkina Faso. For an Italian painter and poet, see Giovanni Santi. For other uses, see Santi (disambiguation).
Studio album by The Academy Is...
Released April 2, 2007 (2007-04-02)
Recorded October 31, 2006 in
Los Angeles, California
Length 39:26
Label Fueled by Ramen, Decaydance
Producer Butch Walker
The Academy Is... chronology
From the Carpet
Fast Times at Barrington High
Singles from Santi
  1. "We've Got a Big Mess on Our Hands"
    Released: March 13, 2007
  2. "Everything We Had"
    Released: July 17, 2007

Santi is the second studio album by American rock band The Academy Is..., released on April 2 and 3, 2007 by Fueled by Ramen and their offspring label Decaydance Records.


On October 24, 2006, it was announced that guitarist Tom Conrad had been removed from the band. In the same announcement, it was revealed that the group was writing the follow-up to Almost Here.[1]

Title and origins[edit]

The album's working title was Chop Chop. William Beckett has explained the origin of Santi and how it came to be the album title in the Australian music magazine Blunt in the following story:

"Adam and I went to the same high school, and there was this dude named Josh Santiago who we went to school with. I was doing a solo project at the time, and I was listening to different music than most people – stuff like The Get Up Kids, The Promise Ring and Jimmy Eat World – and people there just didn't get me or what I was like. So this one guy in particular, Josh Santiago, gave me a hell of a time, like busted my chops and called me negative names like "fag" and stuff. Anyway, he had a Dave Matthews cover band called Santi, because his name was Santiago and he's just that kind of guy. So we started saying Santi as everything that wasn't him – everything that was positive, just because he was such a negative dude and such a terrible person. So we started saying santi as something funny or cool, kinda like "cheers" or we say it as a greeting, like, 'Whats up, Santi?' So it's a word we've been using for a long time and when it came time to name the record we listened to it and went like, 'Santi!' – it always had to be the name."


The first preview of the album was provided by Johnny Minardi of Snakes and Suits fame on January 26, 2007 when he gave the song, "LAX to O'Hare", to for streaming on their site.[2] "We've Got a Big Mess on Our Hands" was announced as the first single from the album,[3] before being released to radio on March 13.[4] On March 27, Santi was made available for streaming,[5] and on April 3, was released through Fueled By Ramen.[6] From early May to early July, the band supported Fall Out Boy on the 2007 edition of the Honda Civic Tour.[7] "Everything We Had" was released to radio on July 17.[8] From early September to late November, the band went on their first headlining tour,[9] titled Sleeping with Giants. They supported by Armor for Sleep, the Rocket Summer, Sherwood[10] and Cobra Starship.[11]

The music video for "Neighbors", shows the band at a concert, and in various other scenarios. There are cameos from different bands participating in the Honda Civic Tour, such as Mark Hoppus of +44, Andy Hurley, Pete Wentz and Joe Trohman from Fall Out Boy and Gabe Saporta of Midtown and Cobra Starship.


Professional ratings
Review scores
Source Rating (84%)[12]
Allmusic 3.5/5 stars[13]
Blender 3/5 stars[14]
Rolling Stone 2.5/5 stars[15]
Spin 2/5 stars[16]

In its first week of sales in the U.S., the album sold 33,000 copies, debuting at number 32 on the Billboard 200[17] and #94 on the UK Albums Chart. By October 2009, the album's sales stood at 132,000.[18]

Track listing[edit]

  1. "Same Blood" – 3:14
  2. "LAX to O'Hare" – 3:36
  3. "We've Got a Big Mess on Our Hands" – 3:26
  4. "Sleeping with Giants (Lifetime)" – 3:36
  5. "Everything We Had" – 3:38
  6. "Bulls in Brooklyn" – 3:27
  7. "Neighbors" – 3:10
  8. "Seed" – 4:17
  9. "Chop Chop" – 3:26
  10. "You Might Have Noticed" – 3:22
  11. "Unexpected Places" – 4:15

Best Buy bonus tracks:

  1. "Ghost" – 3:51
  2. "Everything We Had" (One Take Acoustic Mix) – 4:11

iTunes bonus tracks:

  1. "Toasted Skin" – 3:55
  2. "40 Steps" – 4:29
  • The iTunes bonus tracks have since been removed from the store.


Chart positions[edit]

Chart Position
Billboard 200 32
Rock Albums 7
Digital Albums 32


  1. ^ "Guitarist Tom Conrad out of the Academy Is…". Alternative Press. October 24, 2006. Retrieved August 6, 2016. 
  2. ^ "The Academy Is – Profile". 4 August 2008. 
  3. ^ "The Academy Is Press Release" (Press release). 1 February 2007. 
  4. ^ " Alternative eWeekly". AllAccess. March 6, 2007. Retrieved July 1, 2016. 
  5. ^ "The Academy Is… post full-album stream of Santi". Alternative Press. March 27, 2007. Retrieved August 10, 2016. 
  6. ^ "The Academy Is… need extras for video shoot". Alternative Press. February 15, 2007. Retrieved August 8, 2016. 
  7. ^ "Fall Out Boy delay start of Honda Civic Tour". Alternative Press. April 6, 2007. Retrieved August 11, 2016. 
  8. ^ " Alternative eWeekly". AllAccess. July 10, 2007. Retrieved July 1, 2016. 
  9. ^ "The Academy Is… to tour with Armor For Sleep this fall". Alternative Press. June 13, 2007. Retrieved August 24, 2016. 
  10. ^ "The Academy Is… post fall headlining tour dates". Alternative Press. July 3, 2007. Retrieved August 25, 2016. 
  11. ^ "Cobra Starship added to Academy Is/Armor For Sleep tour". Alternative Press. Alternative Press Magazine, Inc. October 11, 2007. Retrieved March 23, 2017. 
  12. ^ " review". 
  13. ^ "Allmusic review". 
  14. ^ "Blender review". 
  15. ^ "Rolling Stone review". Archived from the original on February 12, 2009. 
  16. ^ "Spin review". 
  17. ^ Hasty, Katie (11 April 2007). "'NOW 24' Trumps McBride, Duff, Timbaland At No. 1". 
  18. ^ Bell; Harding 2009, p. 57
  • Bell, Crystal; Harding, Cortney (October 10, 2009). "Dance of Days". Billboard. Prometheus Global Media. 121 (39). ISSN 0006-2510. 

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