Sunday, 21 September 2008

MPM meets... The Academy Is... - September 20th 2008

The Academy Is... have shone through the past few years, and after dazzling us with the incredible 'Santi', they're back with a more uplifting feel on the new record, 'Fast Times At Barrington High'. What with the new record, the new haircuts and the next UK tour, MPM had a nice little chat with Mr Adam T. Siska to find out what's been going down.

What's it like to be back in Birmingham?
Adam: It's real nice. We're having a great time. The tour's been a lot of fun so far. Being back in Birmingham's fun, I mean, we always have a good time here. It was our first show on our last tour and we showed up hours late, for one reason or another. So to redeem ourselves from showing up late last time, we're gonna have a fun show.
How are all the fans reacting to 'Fast Times At Barrington High?
Adam: Real well. It's been a lot of fun playing new songs. I feel like it's the best reaction we've ever had to new songs that we've put out. It seems like people are enjoying it. People are requesting a lot of different songs from the new record for us to play. There's nothing more exciting than putting out a new record, what better place to come celebrate than in the UK?
The last album's a lot different to the previous two, a lot of people think it's more upbeat. What do you say to that?
I think I'd use the word 'nostalgic'. We found ourselves in a pretty cool spot in terms of making a record, how we were feeling and the people around us. We were very excited about making a new record and we wanted to make music that was really fun for us, for our families, for everyone involved. We're happy with the outcome.
Has anything weird or interesting happened so far on this tour?
Adam: Michael [Guy Chislett], our guitar player, one night he was sleeping in his bunk, and me and our guitar tech walked by, and, out of nowhere, he just sprang out of his bunk and grabbed me. It freaked me out. He was having some sort of bad dream that someone was killing him, and the bunk had caved in, and that's why he panicked. Half of the bunk had just fallen, and he was freaking out. That was pretty bizarre. That whole night there were just seriously weird things happening.
Have you had any weird dreams recently?
Adam: I've had a lot of weird dreams recently. I've been having a lot of dreams where everyday, normal things are happening, which has been causing a lot of confusion because I'll remember a conversation I've had with somebody, but I won't be able to determine whether or not it's a dream. I was having a conversation with one of the guys from We The Kings about something, and he was like, "What are you talking about?", "We were talking about it the other night, man". But no, it's just me and my dream. I mean, it's good that I'm having dreams again, I had a long time where I wasn't dreaming too much., so I'm glad to have it back.
What's your favourite song that's out at the moment?
Adam: Sex On Fire by Kings Of Leon. I heard it's real big here right now. I dunno if it'll be on the radio when we go back to the States. I bought it last night. I don't really like to use iTunes, but there's no other way of getting it.
How's life going for you as a band?
Adam: As a band, I think that the past six months for us has been probably the best times we've had as a band, and as friends. We've made the record and it's been a lot of fun doing that. Touring's been real fun for us. We have a lot of great fans. Touring with Warped Tour this summer was a lot of fun. We toured overseas with Panic At The Disco in Australia, New Zealand and Japan with Cobra Starship, The Hush Sound and The Cab. We've been surrounded by a lot of great people which has made it pretty good. All we could really ever ask for is good people to spend our time with.
Since bands like Panic At The Disco and Fall Out Boy haven't been quite so big recently, you've become a bit more well known. How does that feel?
Adam: It's good. I would say Panic and Fall Out Boy have had two great careers, I think their last records have been their best records. I don't think either one of those bands has got anything to worry about in terms of success. But, we've been a band for a long time and anything that comes our way in terms of success will be much appreciated. We're not taking it for granted. You can never take any sort of success too seriously. We wrote our favourite songs on this record that we've ever written, and when you write good songs, some guys might like you and you're in a very successful place. But nothing lasts forever, we just wanna make the best of it. You make some music, have fun with your friends, the rest will work itself out.
What's your favourite song off your new album and why?
Adam: My favourite song off the new record is called After The Last Midtown Show. For several reasons. I think musically, it's the most nostalgic song we've ever written. It just reminds me of a good place in my life. I don't know when that place was, it's just a song that takes you back. We also were fortunate enough to have my good friend Andrew [McMahon] from Jack's Mannequin come in and play piano on that song. I think it's a special song and it was really cool for us, he's been a good friend to the band for a long time. To collaborate on a song with a good friend is really exciting, especially one that means a lot to you."
Which one question do you wish someone would ask you, and how would you answer it?
Adam: The question would be "Do you want some free pizza?" and my answer would be "Yes".

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