Manila, get ready for a rocktastic explosion on February 20, 2011 at 7:30PM as pop-rock band Yellowcard sets A-venue Hall on fire! The quintet from Jacksonville Florida composed of Ryan Key (vocals and guitar), Sean Mackin (violin), Ryan Mendez, (guitar) Sean O Donell (bass) and Longineau Parsons (drums) are poised to share their bouncy, infectious sound and catchy light-hearted lyrics to the band’s legions of fans in Manila. With a line-up of hits that include “Ocean Avenue,” “Light Up The Sky”, “Only One” and “Lights And Sounds,” the concert, which is the band’s ONLY Southeast destination in their 2011 world tour, is a must-see for rakistas and music lovers alike.
Yellowcard is currently promoting their 7th and present album entitled “When You’re Through Thinking, Say Yes,” released under Hopeless Records. It marks the band’s return to their indie beginnings and focuses on the punk, peppy, serrated guitar sound that has made Yellowcard one of the millennium’s most iconic punk rock bands. Yellowcard’s success is also partly attributed to the band’s use of the violin in their music, an unusual component for the band’s genre which has set the act apart from their other punk rock counterparts.
Indeed, Yellowcard’s musical journey may have been long and winding; but through it all, just like the title of their 7th album, the boys have consistently said “yes” to the music they wanted to create. Yellowcard was formed in 1997 when vocalist Ben Dobson, guitarist /vocalist Todd Clary, bassist Warren Cooke, guitarist Ben Harper and drummer Longineau Parsons met at the Douglas Anderson School for the Arts.
The band’s initial foray, “Midget Tossing,” was released in the very same year. Yellowcard’s second album, “Where We Stand” which was released in 1999 approximately two years after, featured new vocalist/rhythm guitarist Ryan Key. It also marked the band’s change of sound from hardcore pop punk to pop punk with a slightly more alternative rock vibe. “Where We Stand” was followed up by Yellowcard’s third compilation, “One ForThe Kids,” which was released in 2001 under the indie label Lobster records.
Mainstream success came to Yellowcard shortly after signing with heavyweight label Capitol Records back in 2002. Yellowcard released their 4th foray, “Ocean Avenue” which reached the platinum mark, selling one million copies in the United States alone. The title track from the said album also made an impressive appearance in the music charts, landing on the 37th spot in the Billboard Hot 100. Yellowcard was evidently on a roll. “Empty Apartment,” another single from “Ocean Avenue”, was featured on an episode of the popular teen drama “One Tree Hill”. After two years of intensive touring the band started work on their 5th album, “Lights And Sounds,” a musical endeavor with a slightly darker edge.
“Lights And Sounds” centered on the band’s negative feelings toward Los Angeles. Despite the obvious shift in Yellowcard’s overall vibe and experimental take the title track peaked at number 4 on the Billboard Hot Modern Rock Tracks and was also featured on the video games Burnout Revenge and Guitar Hero: Modern Hits. As expected, Yellowcard’s 5th album was a unanimous hit, achieving gold status and selling an impressive 90,000 copies.
After barely six months the band was churning out another album yet again. “Paperwalls”, Yellowcard’s third major label album, debuted at number 13 on the US billboard 200 selling 74,000 copies in just their first month of release. “Paperwalls’” lead single, “Light Up The Sky” peaked at 32 on the US Billboard Adult 40 Top Tracks.
After the success of “Paperwalls,” came a decision which took the band’s fans by surprise. At the peak of their success, Yellowcard decided to go on an indefinite hiatus. According to lead vocalist Ryan Key, the group felt the need to take time out to focus on their personal lives. On August 2, 2010, after more than two years of absence, lead vocalist Ryan Key announced on Hopeless Record’s website that the band is raring to go back to what they do best. Yellowcard started recording for their 7th album on September 20, 2010 and wrapped up production three months after. “Hopeless Records seemed to be the right place for us; they were really interested in working with the band, very proactive, and had a lot of great ideas for us. They’re giving us the opportunity to do exactly what we want with it, and we’re thankful to have an established fan base that is already interested in what we have to put out.” explained lead vocalist Ryan Key on the group’s decision to return to their indie route. As the band has so solidly proven, life’s a gamble but when it comes to Yellowcard, you’ll always be dealt with a winning hand.
When in Manila, check out one of the coolest bands out there as they come to invade Manila! Come see Yellowcard perform LIVE in Manila Philippines! This Yellowcard concert is going to be so much fun!
Yellowcard Live in Manila Philippines Concert
Sunday, February 20, 2011 · 7:30PM – 10:30PM
A Venue Hall, Makati