Posts Tagged ‘The Academy Is…’

Punk Goes Christmas is the first in the series of Punk Goes comps that received the vinyl treatment. It went up for pre-order a few months before Christmas, was delayed, and still started shipping a few weeks before Christmas. As you would assume, the comp features “punk” bands performing Christmas songs/carols. I bought the comp for the New Found Glory, Yellowcard and William Becket (former The Academy Is.. front man). The comp also features Man Overboard, All Time Low, Real Friends, The Summer Set, Crown The Empire, Issues, Jason Lancaster of Mayday Parade and Go Radio, The Ready Set and Set It Off

When it was first put up for pre-order it was advertised as being limited to 1,000 copies. At some point after that it was reduced to 500 copies without notice. I’m guessing Fearless lost their shirt on this release and pre-orders were not what they expected, so they cut the pressing amount because they couldn’t sell that many copies. The $18 price tag didn’t help anything either, which many people feel is way more than any record should cost. Had the record been cheaper obviously more people would have bought it. I had a coupon code so I opted to use it on purchasing this as it made the record significantly cheaper.

So the record is limited to 500 copies and is pressed on half red/half green vinyl. It comes with an insert and also included are gift tags, with one tag for every band on the comp plus two more Punk Goes Christmas logo tags.


Almost Here, the debut album from The Academy Is.. was finally pressed on vinyl and was a Hot Topic exclusive of sorts. I say sorts because Fueled By Ramen also sold a small amount of the 1500 copies pressed. The record was pressed on green vinyl, with the shade of green matching the album art pretty closely. Instead of an insert the record comes with a full color, printed dust sleeve.

To a few people’s surprised, including myself, Almost Here sold out pretty quick. I felt it could have went one of two ways; either sell out quickly, like it did, or sit around for months and eventually get put on clearance like some of the Midtown, Hot Rod Circuit, Underoath and Starting Line records. I was hoping for the later but unfortunately that did not pan out.

In the summer of 2015 The Academy Is… got back to together and played a couple shows and festivals while also announcing a full 10th Anniversary tour for Almost Here. To coincide with this, they also announced a re-pressing of the record that as of now you can only get on said 10th Anniversary Tour.

This box set of 7″ singles released by Fueled By Ramen/Decaydance was only sold in Hot Topic stores and through their online store. It retailed for $27.99, but these sat around for so long that the price was usually slashed in half, then slashed in half again a few months later when they were still on the shelves. 5,000 copies of these sets were made, and they featured five 7″ singles from bands that were not Fall Out Boy or Panic! At the Disco. This set was mainly used to promote the five bands featured, The Academy Is…, Cobra Starship, Gym Class Heroes, Paramore and Cute Is What We Aim For.

There is a major error with every copy of these sets. The center labels of all the records have been mixed up, switched, screwed up, whatever phrase you like. The important thing is that they are wrong. They center labels on each record do not correspond to the music that is on it. Fortunately though, the mix up is across the board. Every set has the same error, so you don’t have to play a guessing game trying to figure out which band is on which 7″. I forget what the error is, but I have it jotted down somewhere. Once I find it I will update this post.

As for how this set is packaged. I wouldn’t exactly call it a box set. It’s five 7″s packaged together in an oversized 7″ sleeve housed in a flimsy slip case. Because of the flimsy packaged, majority of these sets were damaged either after being shrink wrapped too tight, in transit to stores or on the store shelves. The damage does not affect the records themselves, it’s only cosmetic damage to the outer slip case. On most sets the sides on folded in on themselves, and the slip case is not exactly straight.

This was another album that Fueled By Ramen decided to press when they went on a pressing binge about 1-2 years ago to cash in on the vinyl craze. The Academy Is…’ other albums deserve the vinyl treatment more than this one, but I’ll take what I can get. Things were kept simple for this record, only one color, baby blue marble, which was limited to 1500 copies.

Not sure on pressing numbers for this, but this 7″ is pretty self explanatory. First single off their sophomore full lenght, Santi.

The only difference between this and the UK version is the cover art and that the record is on black vinyl. I’m not sure of pressing info.

There were two different version of The Academy Is…’ first single released, a UK 7″ and a US 7″. The UK 7″ had different jacket artwork and came in a picture disc sleeve. It was on clear vinyl. I’m not sure of pressing info for it.