William Beckett’s debut full-length album, Genuine & Counterfeit, will be released on August 20. Today Beckett’s single “Benny & Joon” from the album will be released as a digital copy. The album is already available for pre-order with an instant download of the single on his website along with special bundles.
Genuine & Counteirfeit was recorded in Chicago earlier this year with producer Marc McClusky and has appearances from Max Bemis from Say Anything and Derek Sanders from Mayday Parade. It is described as having “pop sensibilities, quirky yet soothingly hypnotic melodies and [a] distinctive narrative lyrical twist.” The album will be released via independent label Equal Vision Records.
Chicago-native William Beckett was the was the front man of The Academy Is… until the band disbanded in 2011. Beckett is now working as a solo artist. He has since created three EP’s as well as an acoustic collection of these EP’s. His first single, “Compromising Me” from his EP, Walk the Talk, made it on the iTunes chart breaking the top 20 as an independently released track. As a solo artist, and with The Academy Is…, Beckett has toured with KISS, Fall Out Boy, Motion City Soundtrack, Cobra Starship, and more. Beckett just wrapped up a US run with Relient K and Hellogoodbye and will be performing during the 2013 Vans Warped Tour.