North Korea announced they had weapons of mass destruction, Hunter S. Thompson died, Carrie Underwood won American Idol, YouTube launched, Hurricane Katrina devastated the Gulf Coast, Destiny's Child announced their breakup… among several other important world events.
I was a Junior/Senior in High School, turned 17 in April, and was driving to school sports games and local shows in my Red VW Beetle Turbo. My AIM SN was vwbugrockstar and you KNOW my Myspace name was Kathrine! at the Disco at some point that year.
I often refer to 2005 as my prime, so it seems fitting to celebrate it in 2015, a mere 10 years later. A ton of my favorite albums came out that year, several which shaped the person I grew up to be (still in progress). I wanted to feature a new one each month on this blog, and because I'm a chronic procrastinator, I'm getting the first one up JUST in time.
I had a hard time narrowing it down to 12 Albums, and there will certainly be a few honorable mentions. Let me know your thoughts... and if you can identify with any of my selections over the upcoming year. Twitter - Facebook - #2005Forever
Up first, in no particular order, is The Academy Is… "Almost Here".
The Academy Is… "Almost Here"
Released: February 8, 2005
Label: Fueled By Ramen
Run Time: 32:57
May I have all your eyes and ears to the front of the room,
if only, if only for one second.
The Academy Is…'s (???) debut full length started off literally demanding the listeners' attention. How could you not take notice?
Admittedly, I didn't buy this album on the day it came out, as I'm fairly sure I wasn't aware of them then. I discovered TAI through my mouthpiece of the scene at the time, Pete Wentz. They lead me down the Fueled By Ramen rabbit hole that introduced me to Paramore, Gym Class Heroes, and Panic! at the Disco, just to name a few. I joined the related Myspace Groups and LiveJournal Communities, wanting to know more about this band fronted by a young guy channeling Mick Jagger.
I first saw The Academy Is… in February of 2006, playing the House of Blues in Myrtle Beach with Panic! at the Disco and Acceptance, and was completely sold on them. I'd worn out this CD in my car by this point, and was itching to hear these songs live.
Almost Here was full of emotion, as was a lot of the music I was listening to at the time. But this album was different. It wasn't all about someone who'd done him wrong, or something he was seeking revenge for. It seemed to have a more hopeful overall theme.
"Always up or down, never down and out…"
The Academy Is… were getting ready to kick the door open and make their name in the weird Emo/Pop-Punk/Indie Rock/2005 Scene. They brought their "A game" for this album, and it's why so many still hold it in such high regard. While still in high school, I connected with it's encouraging message to not take any bullshit from anybody... and even down the road in my college years, I kept coming back to it.
Their follow up efforts, Santi and Fast Times at Barrington High, didn't do much for me... although several of my friends claim to love Fast Times. Almost Here will always be my favorite TAI album, and a cornerstone in my 2005 Music Catalog.
Where are they now?
The Academy Is... announced their break-up in October of 2011.
William Beckett is pursuing a solo career, Tom Conrad is in Empires, Butcher has a side project, The Animal Upstairs, and plays drums for The Whips, Adam Siska was playing with Say Anything last time I checked, and one time I saw him at 5 Spot here in Nashville, and a quick Internet search provided me no information on the whereabouts of Mike Carden, other than this photo.
ps. Don't quit til 47.