Honda Civic Tour Dates (Confirmed)

The tour dates for the 07′ Honda Civic Tour have officially been announced. Fall Out Boy will be headlining the tour with support from +44, The Academy Is…, Paul Wall and Cobra Starship. The dates can be found below.

Apr 18 – Charlotte – Verizon Wireless Amphitheater
Apr 19 – Atlanta – Hi Fi Buys Amphitheater
Apr 20 – Tampa – Ford Amphitheater
Apr 21 – West Palm Beach – Sound Advice Amphitheater
Apr 23 – Houston – Cynthia Woods Mitchell Pavillion
Apr 24 – Dallas – Smirnoff Music Centre
Apr 25 – San Antonio – Verizon Wireless Amphitheater
Apr 27 – Phoenix – Circket Pavillion
Apr 28 – Las Vegas – The Orleans
Apr 29 – San Diego – Coors Amphitheater
May 01 – Sacramento – Sleep Train Amphitheater
May 02 – Los Angeles – The Forum
May 03 – Anaheim – The Honda Center
May 04 – Concord – Sleep Train Amphitheater
May 06 – Vancouver, BC – Pacific Coast Coliseum
May 07 – Tacoma – Tacoma Dome
May 08 – Portland – The Rose Garden Arena
May 10 – Salt Lake City – The E Center
May 11 â┚¬Ã¢â‚¬Å“ Denver – Coors Amphitheater
May 12 – Kansas City – Verizon Wireless Amphitheater
May 13 – Council Bluffs – Mid America Rec. Center
May 15 â┚¬Ã¢â‚¬Å“ Moline – Mark of the Quad Cities
May 16 – Minneapolis – Target Center
May 17 – Milwaukee – The Bradley Center
May 18 – St Louis – Verizon Wireless Amphitheater
May 20 – Cleveland – Blossom Music Center
May 21 – Cincinnati – Riverbend Music Center
May 22 – Pittsburgh – Post-Gazette Pavillion
May 23 – Virginia Beach – Verizon Wireless Virginia Beach Amphitheater
May 25 – Montreal, QC – The Bell Center
May 26 – Toronto, ON – Molson Amphitheater
May 27 – Detroit – DTE Energy Music Theater
May 28 – Buffalo – Darien Lakes Performing Arts Center
May 30 – Saratoga – Saratoga Performing Arts Center
May 31 – Boston – Tweeter Center for the Performing Arts
Jun 01 – Philadelphia – Tweeter Center at the Waterfront
Jun 02 – Hartford – New England Dodge Music Center
Jun 04 – Columbia – Merriweather Post Pavillion
Jun 05 – Wantaugh – Nikon at Jones Beach Theatre
Jun 06 – Holmdel – PNC Bank Arts Center
Jun 08 – Indianapolis – Verizon Wireless Music Center
Jun 10 – Chicago – Charter One Pavillion at Northerly Island
Jun 11 – Chicago – Charter One Pavillion at Northerly Island

Gym Class Heroes Post New Track

Gym Class Heroes have posted a new track titled “7 Weeks” featuring William Beckett of The Academy Is… on their PureVolume page. Their upcoming album, As Cruel As School Children will be out July 25th through Decaydance / Fueled By Ramen Records.

The band also has a new song titled “Clothes Off!” feat. Patrick Stump up for streaming at Alternative Press.

Show Review: Warped Tour Nashville, TN June 21, 2006

Warped Tour

Warped Tour

Of all summer festivals, Warped Tour has always been the best bang for your buck. Twenty three dollars for 30+ bands is ridiculously awesome. Too bad Ticketmaster likes to stab at our wallets. “Convenience” charges and service fees aside, Warped is still your best ticket of the summer, and maybe even the year.

The sun was already high in the air and there wasn’t a rain cloud in sight over the Starwood Ampitheater in Nashville, TN. The parking lot was filling up as street punks, older Warped vets, and the Myspace generation made their way to the gates.

While walking around, the smell of hairspray hung in the air, as most kids didn’t anticipate sweating it all out for the day. I made a quick sweep of the layout, because every date’s differs according to the setup of the venue.

After learning it was almost time for Gym Class Heroes, I made my way to their stage. That band never ceases to amaze me, and with the addition of a synth player, their live sound is even better.

After Gym Class, I walked around a bit before checking out Dayton, TN’s Radio Fix. I’d been wanting to see the band live for a while and they delivered.

I left The Radio Fix to catch the first of Saves the Day’s set. Legends in this scene, it was amazing to see true masters at work.

I hopped over to the Myspace tent to check out a little acoutic Gym Class Heroes. MC Travis McCoy dropped some spoken word that was quite incredible to experience.

I then got into the second row, eagerly anticipating theAcademyIs…, however, the heat was starting to take its toll. Coupled with the headache I was developing due to the fourteen year olds freaking out because TAI is so “hawt,” I was near the point of blacking out. I took off before they started for some shade while still being able to listen to them.

After a nice turkey sandwich for lunch, I watched Greeley Estates with a friend and was pleasantly surprised at how tight they were.

I went from Greeley to Rookie of the Year, which is quite a dynamic change in sound. I didn’t stick around long, because I wanted a good spot for Motion City Soundtrack.

The sun was slowly, and I stress slowly, trying to go down, but still loomed over the crowd as MCS took the stage. Never a band to disappoint, they had the entire crowd singing along. Unfortunately, they also had the teenagers moshing. Let’s not forget the crowd surfers. Mostly between the ages of 13 and 16, it would be the first time a lot of these girls were held in the arms of a man: a security guard.

Just staying at the same stage and waiting it out, I got up front and center for Paramore. They have never put on a bad show in Nashville, and they continued their streak. Frontwoman Hayley Williams may be small, but she knows how to command a crowd better than a lot of bands headlining this tour for multiple years. The Farro brothers both played their respectful instruments with the efficiency of seasoned professionals. Bass player Jeremy grooved along to the tunes and threw in an acrobatic cartwheel over Josh’s back. Guitarist Hunter Lamb rounded out the lineup to help deliver one of the best sets of the day.

As soon as Paramore ended, I walked all the way across the grounds to catch the most underrated band today: Spitalfield. Mixing songs from their first two Victory LPs and throwing in a song from their forthcoming album, Spitalfield played a set of pop songs solid enough to make Fall Out Boy jealous.

And so ended my day at the Warped Tour. I left with a bag full of free swag, a headache, and the sunburn from Hell. It was a blast.

The Academy Is… Interview June 14th, 2005

I interviewed Will and Butcher from The Academy Is. Butcher is the drummer and Will is the lead singer.

Paul: Where did your band name originate?

-Will: We were originally called the academy. No rhyme or reason to be quite frank. We just looked at a bunch of name ideas for songs and we had The Academy. I thought it was strong and very strong name you could see on top of a Marquee or billboard. It reflected our ambition. Then we had some legal problems with other bands previously that were called the academy. So we had to change it. At the time our sound was changing, and so was our bands line up. A lot and so our focus was also changing. At the same time we didnï¿Â½t want to completely change our name and alienate our old fans from our music and local Chicago suburbs. So we changed it to The Academy Is.

Paul: How did you all first meet one another?

-Will: Well Mike and I met because I was doing my solo project Remember Maine and he had his own band and we played a lot together. Over time we eventually built a friendship. This was about four years ago. Adam our bass player went to my high school and I was in one o my first bands with his older brother. But then I ended up liking Adam a lot better. Tom our guitarist was in another band called 504 Plan. When they broke up we were looking for a guitarist and we asked him.

-Butcher: I also played in a band at the time called Last Place Champs. I played a show with The Academy and 504 Plan. The band broke up and a year past and Tom asked me to join the band with him.

Paul: How did you come across Fueled By Ramen Records and why did you decide to sign with them?

-Will: Well they really came across us. At that point when they signed us there wasnï¿Â½t anyone else that wanted to sign us. Then once we were signed everyone wanted to sign us. Then all these labels were pissed at us because we didnï¿Â½t let them have the chance to sign us. But hopefully they got over it. We were really good friends with Pete from Fall Out Boy. And at this time Fall Out Boy was just getting signed to Fueled By Ramen. Pete really liked us a lot. He came to some of our first practices and shows and was really impressed. He told John from Fueled By Ramen that he should come check us out. Also at the time, our best friend Johnny at LLR contacted Fueled By Ramen and recommended that they check us out. They saw us live, and two weeks we were getting signed to Fueled By Ramen.

Paul: How did your band become involved with Hollister Co.?

-Will: We sent Hollister our record. Hollister seemed to be really interested. Now they are carrying our record. We are also doing a lot of things with Hollister. Just recently we had an in store performance for Lounge 22 in Chicago. We are planning on doing a few more pretty soon. So pretty much simple, they heard about us, liked the record, and now they help us out a lot with promotion and free clothes.

Paul: How does the bandï¿Â½s song writing process go about?

-Will: Well in this past record, Mike and I pretty much wrote the whole record. Butcher and tom werenï¿Â½t even in the band when we wrote the record. So pretty much we had to write it on our own. We take the songs from the ground up. We started with acoustic and melodies. I would write a melody to a riff mike had. Then I would go and write lyrics with the melody. The next record will be a lot more collaborative because we will have butcher, mike, tom and myself all writing together. The writing process will definitely be different.

Paul: What song on the record would you say has the more significant lyrics?

-Will: We all of them do. Personally for me, ï¿Â½The Phrase That Paysï¿Â½ would probably be it. That song says the most of what I wanted to say and painting that picture that I wanted people to take something from. I was thinking a lot about my life, and being who I was and the way my life was at that particular time. For instance, if you were told you were going to die tomorrow, would you be happy with the way you life is? And the way you have chosen to live you life up to that point? I was thinking a lot about death at the time, and something tells me ï¿Â½hey man you need to make the most of your time here.ï¿Â½ That means going for the things that you dream and love as well. The line ï¿Â½Take a chance and make it big because itï¿Â½s the last youï¿Â½ll ever getï¿Â½ thatï¿Â½s the mentality that I think would be helpful if people had from time to time. Because to many people out there just procrastinate and push there dreams away. Always talk about doing something and never end up doing it. So this is what the song is about. It is supposed to encourage people not to do that. Itï¿Â½s about taking your life by the reigns and gaining control of everything you ever want it to be.

-Butcher: I would say the last song almost here. The lyrics from what I take of it are about beginning touring and getting adjusted to it. . Iï¿Â½ll take my chances of truck stops and state lines. Is one of my favorite lines of the entire album because it personifies the way I feel about doing what Iï¿Â½m doing and foreshadows my future.

Paul: What is the weirdest or craziest tour experience tour experience you ever had?

-Butcher: Its not so much crazy as it is strange. Well we were on our way to new york for one of our first tours. We were driving through Pennsylvania, and the driver at the time crashed the van. We got it fixed the next day and did our show as planned. Months had past and we were driving from just out of Vermont we apparently didnï¿Â½t see the low fuel alerts on the car. So we ran out of gas. We just pulled off the highway and ran out of gas exact point where we got hit. It was some extreme dï¿Â½jï¿Â½ vu. Itï¿Â½s more eerie than anything.

Paul: What other tour plans do you have set up for the future?

-Will: Well we will be touring with Spitalfield, Hidden In Plain View, and Over It in the beginning of September. After that we will be playing some dates in Japan and England. Also as of right now we are in talks about being on a big tour with The All American Rejects, Rooney, and Jamison Parker.

Paul: Well what do you guys usually do when you are off tour and now dealing with the band?

-Will: We are rarely home and we have been out like two weeks here and there. But when we are home we are with the band working on songs and practicing. I mean this is our life.

Paul: If you could go out on any tour with any 3 bands who would it be?

-Butcher: Foo Fighters, The Chemical Brothers. And The Red Hot Chili Peppers

-Will: If it was any bands in the past or current bands now I would choose Led Zeppelin, The Doors, and Jimmy Eat World.

Paul: What would you say are your biggest musical influences?

-Will: Well for me the reason why I started playing, the reason why I bought a guitar was Led Zeppelin, I love everything about that band, their performance, their songs, musicianship and they are the band I have listened to everyday of my life. They are really the catalyst of my music career. Also bands like the Promise Ring, The Alkaline Trio, The Honor System, who I just fell in love with just got me into the Indie scene.

-Butcher. What really got me started playing drums is bands like nirvana, Foo Fighters, bush, all that grunge scene are just some of the reasons I started playing drums
Paul: Name 3 things you couldnï¿Â½t live without on tour.

-Butcher: My friend Nigel he comes through with me he has to be everything. Coke (the soda), and my performance shorts.

-Will: My I-Pod, my film collection, and our tour manager Tony. He is one of my best friends in the world.

Paul: Do you all have any more promotions plans or endorsements in the future?

-Will: Iï¿Â½m not too sure yet, but we are doing a sponsorship with Red Bull. But we are working on doing something special with the company, and I honestly donï¿Â½t know how it will work..

Paul: If you werenï¿Â½t in the academy is what would you be doing?

-Will: I would probably be going to school on the east coast somewhere, and probably working and being miserable.

-Butcher: I would be a butcher still. I used to be a butcher. Butcher isnï¿Â½t my real name my real name is Andy.

Paul: Well Iï¿Â½ll give you this time to promote and mention anything you would like to say to your fans.

-Will: Come check us out on warped tour and if you have the money and check us out in Japan. Check out our website and the new record ï¿Â½Almost Hereï¿Â½. Thanks for everything guys.

The Academy Is Interview March 30th, 2005


Cassidy: So first off how has the tour been going with Fall Out Boy?
William: The tour has been spectacular. Itâ┚¬Ã¢”ž¢s our first tour were our record is out. So, itâ┚¬Ã¢”ž¢s been our first real look at how our record is going to come out, you know? And its been magical. In just a short period of time. Itâ┚¬Ã¢”ž¢s been great.

C: How did deal come along with Fueled By Ramen?
W: Well we had an EP and we just started playing local shows in Chicago and we had a couple new demos. We kind of revaluated our songwriting process, like how we are going to move forward, and not be counterproductive, and actually have a focus. We were always friends with Fall Out Boy Growing up and Pete the bass player liked us a lot and he told John Janick that is head of Fueled By Ramen and he got him to come check us out. So, he flew up, at the time Mike and I were living in an apartment together writing the record for out friends Tony and Johnny. He came up and stayed in our apartment for like three days, up to like three in the morning every night, talking about music, talking about our future, showing him some new stuff. At that point it was just all big dreams, no songs written, and it couldnâ┚¬Ã¢”ž¢t have worked out better, he believes in us and signed up with a real simple deal and you know, here we are.

C: So why the name change from The Academy To The Academy Is…?
W: Well, obviously we were originally named The Academy. Right after our EP came out we ran into some legal problems, with other artists or organizations called The Academy or Academy. So, basically we had everything worked out, we where going to keep the name, but there was this rock singer from like the 60â┚¬Ã¢”ž¢s or 70â┚¬Ã¢”ž¢s, who was only released in Great Britain, but he went under the name The Academy. But, we couldnâ┚¬Ã¢”ž¢t get a hold of him or any label of his, so instead of risking that, plus with all these other legal sharks around us, we figured we could just get out of the water. We wanted to change it to something very subtle, but you have to understand at the time we were changing our sound, we were changing the way we where going to write songs for now on. Thatâ┚¬Ã¢”ž¢s where we were at the same juncture, but we didnâ┚¬Ã¢”ž¢t want to alienate the people that saw us spring up. Our local following, we didnâ┚¬Ã¢”ž¢t want to alienate those people saying that, â┚¬Ã…”We changed our name and we changed our sound.â┚¬? So, we just changed it very subtlety and I think it is just very open ended and it is what it is, its means whatever you want it to mean.

C: So the song “Black Mamba” is about the horrible reviews you guys got by critics from the EP, so was the song kind of your way to get back at the critics?
W: â┚¬Ã…”Black Mambaâ┚¬? isnâ┚¬Ã¢”ž¢t just a middle finger to critics. â┚¬Ã…”Black Mambaâ┚¬? is a lot different, itâ┚¬Ã¢”ž¢s about our focus, and itâ┚¬Ã¢”ž¢s like telling people our focus isnâ┚¬Ã¢”ž¢t about Rolling Stones or any critic thinks about our music. If they love it, great, if the donâ┚¬Ã¢”ž¢t, great. Thatâ┚¬Ã¢”ž¢s America, weâ┚¬Ã¢”ž¢re all entitled to our opinions and thatâ┚¬Ã¢”ž¢s what is beautiful about it. But as far as art goes, I believe what we are doing is art and art is so subjective, how can you really judge it that intensely? Being so ignorant and not knowing anything about it. For us it was focusing on this song is for people, this music is for people, and this record is for people. Itâ┚¬Ã¢”ž¢s not for some guy in a suit, well it is for some guy in a suit, but itâ┚¬Ã¢”ž¢s not about we he thinks about it, itâ┚¬Ã¢”ž¢s not about the credibility. Itâ┚¬Ã¢”ž¢s for people thinking for themselves and making their own decisions and just loving music.

C: When you were presented with the chance to play music for a living was it an easy choice or a gamble that you got lucky on?
W: None of us, was presented with that, here go play music for the rest of your life, it will be simple, here you go, you know? This is how I started it, like when I was a senior in high school, I decided I wanted to do music, I want to perform. I still had a solo project back then and I just fell in love with performing. That was just me and an acoustic guitar and singing on a stole. I fell in love with that, I fell in love with writing with song writing, I fell in love with the music. So, I knew I wanted to do it, for me it was a really hard decision because at that point everything for the past 11 years of my life was all devoted to school and academics and education. My future was going to start after college, I was going to do what a lot of people do and for me I value education to no end, but thatâ┚¬Ã¢”ž¢s not where my heart said and my heart said music, so thatâ┚¬Ã¢”ž¢s what I got to do. So, I graduated a semester early and I went on tour right away. If it was like my dads mini-van or me, my guitar and me best friend in the world, Johnny Minardi and we just went and booked our own tour on the east coast through the biggest snow storm of the past decade. It was like really dangerous, but it was really great and thatâ┚¬Ã¢”ž¢s how I started. It was a decision, it wasnâ┚¬Ã¢”ž¢t a presentation and thatâ┚¬Ã¢”ž¢s how it goes for all of us. We had to really work for that opportunity. It was a conscience decision.

C: Do you miss playing solo as Remember Maine and will Remember Main ever making a comeback?
W: Thank you for knowing about that. It seems like people out here [in Seattle, WA] actually know about it, like someone was yelling it out in the crowd today and I was like what? It is always wild. I love performing solo and Iâ┚¬Ã¢”ž¢m not thinking about music and this project and that project, Iâ┚¬Ã¢”ž¢m thinking about it as my creative release and what I do as my release. Am I going to record under the name Remember Maine anymore? I donâ┚¬Ã¢”ž¢t know, maybe. Am I going to perform stuff of my own? Everyday. I donâ┚¬Ã¢”ž¢t know, weâ┚¬Ã¢”ž¢ll have to see, all I know its going to be a really long future of songwriting whether if itâ┚¬Ã¢”ž¢s with me or this band.

C: What do you think about the RIAA still suing kids for downloading music to this day?
W: While I found out a lot of the bands I love through downloads through like or purevolume. Thereâ┚¬Ã¢”ž¢s that and I think thatâ┚¬Ã¢”ž¢s the right way to go, there doing it the right way, purevolume and, are doing it the right way, but these other guys like Kazza and Napster, arenâ┚¬Ã¢”ž¢t doing it the right way and it is stealing music. Itâ┚¬Ã¢”ž¢s like stealing paintings off a museum wall, it takes away everything rock and roll is about, like going to the record store and coming home like â┚¬Ã…”Now Iâ┚¬Ã¢”ž¢m broke, but I spent all my money on these records that are going to change my life,â┚¬? for me it just doesnâ┚¬Ã¢”ž¢t make sense, but for young people who are just are coming up in this new generation of music and the way it is socially accepted, like how it goes about. Thatâ┚¬Ã¢”ž¢s all they know, they donâ┚¬Ã¢”ž¢t know about buying records. Thatâ┚¬Ã¢”ž¢s what we are trying to do and what record labels are trying to do is cracking down on this. Like they donâ┚¬Ã¢”ž¢t see as big as turn like they did in the 90â┚¬Ã¢”ž¢s because everyone is burning CDs, no ones making any money, so how are going to have rock and roll bands that are going to change the world if labels canâ┚¬Ã¢”ž¢t stick around long enough to build a career for them. So, for me Iâ┚¬Ã¢”ž¢m a supporter.

C: What have you been listening to lately?
W: Well, I listen to tons of Jon Lennon â┚¬Ã…”legendâ┚¬? that record. Don Henleyâ┚¬Ã¢”ž¢s greatest hits, he wrote so many hits itâ┚¬Ã¢”ž¢s beyond belief. A lot of Simon and Garfunkel, the new Kings of Leon record, is so good, if you havenâ┚¬Ã¢”ž¢t picked it up, pick it up, itâ┚¬Ã¢”ž¢s really, really good, itâ┚¬Ã¢”ž¢s rock and roll. Listening to a lot of old David Bowie. Listening to Peter Gabriel. Thatâ┚¬Ã¢”ž¢s pretty much what I have on rotation.

C: Anything else you would like to say?
W: Check out our record, our website is, go there and see where we are going to be around in your city. Thank you so much.