Amrita (ex-The Academy Is..., Blacktop Mourning, October Fall) has released their debut record Innertides, which was self-produced, engineered and mixed, via myspace, iTunes, and AmazonMp3; the record will also be available at the band's upcoming shows. To celebrate the release, the band will headline the Metro in Chicago on Saturday, July 26th; pre-sale tickets are available here for only $5 and no service charges if you use discount code "AMRITA."
In a recent video interview, The Academy Is... mentioned that they collaborated with Andrew McMahon of Jack's Mannequin / Something Corporate on a song which will appear on the band's new album, Fast Times at Barrington High. The record hits stores August 19th.
In the latest episode of TAI TV, the members of The Academy Is... get attacked by balloons, reflect on all the cool memories of 2007, and agree that their New Years Resolution is to record a new album this year.
Jack the Camera Guy (for The Academy Is...) made a video out of still images taken during the Sleeping With Giants tour and put them together to make a video for the song "Sleeping With Giants". You can view it on the band's website.
Amrita, featuring former members of The Academy Is..., Blacktop Mourning, and White Claudia, have announced the addition of Owen Toomey (formerly of October Fall) on piano and B3 organ. The group recently entered the studio in Chicago with James Auwarter (Kanye West, Lupe Fiasco, Rhianna, Dennis Deyoung, Mavis Staples) to record their debut EP. The record will be released on both compact disc and limited edition vinyl formats, with a tentative year-end release date.
Head over to AOL Music to watch The Academy Is... perform as a part of Sessions Under Cover. The band performs three acoustic tracks, including a cover of the Stone Temple Pilots' "Creep," as well as their original songs "Neighbors" and "Everything We Had." The band was selected for the performance as recent winners of AOL's "Breakers" competition.