The Academy Is... Clean Up on 'Mess'

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Chicago quintet The Academy Is... are set to release Santi (out April 3 on Fueled By Ramen), the follow-up to 2005 debut Almost Here, and they recruited Butch Walker (All-American Rejects, Hot Hot Heat) to man the knobs. Frontman William Beckett gave us a sneak peek into their recording sessions (read more), and now his band is giving fans their first look at what those sessions produced. In "We've Got a Big Mess On Our Hands," Becektt becomes his own worst enemy ("I always put myself in destructive situations / I need oxygen to be exposed where no one goes," he sings) before chewing on a chorus of ay-ay-ay-ay-ays -- it's an upbeat declaration of self-destruction replete with stadium-sized riffs.

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