Brace yourselves The Academy Is… fans, for you can now purchase a piece of TAI history. Drummer Andy “The Butcher” Mrotek has opened a Reverb shop to sell his drum gear the band used during tours, but you’ll need to act fast before it’s gone!
The Academy Is… took to Facebook earlier today to reveal Mrotek’s Reverb shop.
“THE BUTCHER’s Reverb Shop is now love! Head over to purchase his gear from the TAI days, including his custom SJC drums!! Hurry up and buy them before Sisky does!!”
The shop includes an SJC Custom Drums 4-piece kit, SKB Hardshell drum cases, 14″ Zildjian New Beat Hi-Hats and more! You can purchase these items here.
We wouldn’t mind getting our hands on a piece of TAI history!
More on The Academy Is… and unreleased music
Prior to their 2011 disbandment, TAI released final full-length, Fast Time At Barrington High, via Fueled By Ramen in 2008. The band’s final official release, Lost In Pacific Time: The AP/EP, was released in 2009 and sold on the AP Fall Ball tour.
Fast-forward to 2019 where bassist Adam Siska chatted with the Emo Social Club podcast about his time with the band and the music industry as a whole. He talks TAI tunes including that he “didn’t really like” Fast Times and reveals which overall track is his favorite. The bassist also reveals the Academy Is… do indeed have some unreleased music.
“To be honest with you, there is a record that never came out,” Siska says. “I don’t know if I would call it a whole record, but there’s songs there. In a weird way, I think when we were doing that record in 2010, it was ahead of its time. I remember management being like, ‘There’s not really a lot of guitar here. You guys are a guitar band.’”
Where Siska personally ranks the unreleased record in TAI’s discography just makes us want to hear it more.
“I think the fourth record that we were doing would have been the second best record that we did. I think that we found the energy—it felt like we were making our first record, which was a nice place to be in. It sucks that it went the way that it did. The label didn’t really like it, so they sent [Beckett] in to do a lot of co-writing with people. Some of the co-writing that he did, I think became his solo record. I didn’t really like it at all. That’s kind of why the band ended. It was like, ‘Oh, forget this.’”
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