And another one of the bands that sparked my love for pop/rock bites the dust.

Although red flags should have risen when Andy Mrotek and Michael Guy Chislett left in May, fans were encouraged by announcements of another studio album and a scheduled tour with Jack’s Mannequin. The Academy Is…, however, announced on October 8th, that they have “decided to go their separate ways.”

The official statement from the band follows:

After nine years and three albums, The Academy Is… have decided to go our separate ways. We began in 2003 as three young friends in the suburbs of Chicago, with dreams of creating music that meant something to us. Dreams of leaving those suburbs behind and seeing all of the beautiful things that this world has to offer. Dreams of making a difference in the lives of others. It is now 2011 and we look back at the records we’ve made, the shows we’ve played, the places we’ve been. The people we’ve met. The Academy Is… has made its mark. We celebrate the experiences of our past, as we welcome what lies ahead. While we have never managed to make things easy on ourselves, it is safe to say that we have always found common ground in our love of music. And though we may not be together, you can look forward to hearing new music from each of us. The music we have made together is our gift to you. From this point on, The Academy Is… belongs to you. Feel free to listen. Listen as loud as you’d like. Yours, The Academy Is…

Lead singer William Beckett added in a personal statement “…I’m going to just come right out and be honest… for years there has a been a growing distance felt within the band as we’ve progressed, both geographically and artistically and instead of trying to patch the holes that we’re left with, my heart tells me it’s time to move on with the next chapter of our lives. While this is the end of 8 unforgettable years of TAI, this is not the end of my story. Not by a long shot. I will be working on a new record in the
coming months and have never felt more freedom and inspiration to create my best and most honest work yet.”

Is is just me or do bands always assure us that this won’t be the last we see of them when announcing a break up? Sometimes I feel like I’m watching America Idol rejects when they tell the camera, “I’m gonna be famous! You’ll see! They’re gonna regret rejecting me!” Having said that, Beckett is an incredibly talented songwriter, and I’m sure he will churn out more amazing, heartbreaking songs. He continues, “Many of you have told me before how my words have helped you through tough or transitional times in your lives. You are the reason I make music. I hope I can count on your support as I embark upon new and exciting waters. You can count on mine.”

It’s a shame to see another solid band say goodbye to their fans, but it’s better to end on somewhat good terms then a bitter name-calling fight. The statements make it seem like this decision to end was for the best (aren’t they always though?), so I’ll just thank them for the upbeat songs, impressive performances, and great memories. Here’s looking at you Beckett for more great music!