Former the Academy Is… frontman William Beckett will be launching his solo career with the release of 3 EPs, which are due to be released in the coming months. As we reported yesterday, the first EP in that series, Walk The Talk, is due April 17 via YIKE Records; a new single, “Compromising Me,” is due tomorrow (March 20). The other two EPs are scheduled for release in July and October.

In addition, Beckett announced a solo headlining North American tour which kicks off May 4 in Minneapolis. Pre-sale tickets are available on March 20 via Artist Arena. A full list of dates is below.

According to a press release, Beckett was intending for his solo work to be released via his former label, Atlantic. However, he was dropped before that could happen. In a statement, Beckett said:

“After that phone call I stood in silence for 60 seconds, shocked and angry.  Then a wave of clarity washed over me.  I was free.  Free from over thinking and second-guessing.  Free from the old formula of ‘Where does this fit?’ and ‘This is what works.’ I took all of my songs and my vision and hit the ground running.  I surrounded myself with a whole new team. It’s time to walk the talk.  No compromise, no bullshit, no ancient rulebook.”

The Academy Is… broke up in October.

Walk The Talk track list:

"Compromising Me"

"Girl, You Shoulda Been A Drummer"

"Oh, Love!"

"You Never Give Up"

William Beckett tour dates:

May 4             Minneapolis, MN      Varsity 

May 5             Madison, WI              Redamte Coffee House

May 6             Grand Rapids, MI     Pyramid Scheme

May 7             Pontiac, MI                Pike Room

May 9             Columbus, OH         Rumba Café

May 10           Cleveland, OH          Grog Shop

May 11           Buffalo, NY               Mohawk Place

May 12           Toronto, ON              Mod Club

May 13           Burlington, VT          Higher Ground

May 14           Philadelphia, PA      World Café Live

May 16           Boston, MA               Middle East

May 17           Teaneck, NJ              Mexicali Live

May 18           New York, NY           Studio at Webster Hall

May 19           Hamden, CT             The Space

May 20           Vienna, VA               Jammin’ Java

May 21           Chapel Hill, NC        Local 506

May 23           Columbia, SC           5 Points Pub

May 24           Orlando, FL               The Social

May 25           Atlanta, GA                The Masquerade

May 26           Nashville, TN                       The End

May 27           Memphis, TN                        Hi-Tone Café

May 29           Chicago, IL                Schubas