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Past Shows

Sat. January 26th 2013
The Vogue Theatre (All Ages)
All Time Low, Yellowcard, Fireworks
Re-Scheduled
Thu. August 9th 2007
Rogers Arena (All Ages)
Nickelback, Puddle of Mud, Yellowcard, State Of Shock
Mon. September 4th 2006
SUB Ballroom, UBC (All Ages)
Yellowcard, Emery, Reeve Oliver, Lillix
Mon. September 26th 2005
* Note new show date * Yellowcard, Moneen, Rufio
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Yellowcard

Unknown - Confirmed: Aug. 5, 2005 (Awaiting Update)
Put aside the usual pigeonholes, things like style and genre classifications - it takes much more for a band to really make a personal connection with people. Yellowcard understand this. The Ventura-based punk quintet (by way of Jacksonville, Florida), have made that direct musical connection in each of the hundreds of shows they've played at all-ages punk nights, rock dives, school events, suburban VFW halls, living rooms, back yards and any of the other places they play over 200 nights a year. It's a mature insight for five young guys who don't take themselves too seriously, but then Yellowcard - Ryan Key, 23 (vocals, guitars); Sean Mackin, 24 (violin, vocals); Benjamin Harper, 22 (guitar); Longineu Parsons III, 23 (drums); and Pete Mosely, 24 (bass, vocals) - aren't your typical young punk band -- starting with the classically-trained violinist in their ranks. And they've now created a powderkeg of affecting, personal and explosive rock on their new album, Ocean Avenue.

Yellowcard formed in 1997 but quickly made some lineup changes. Current singer Ryan Key was friends with most of the band from their high school days in Jacksonville, Florida. He and Sean Mackin, in particular, were close friends and both enrolled at Florida State University after graduating.

Key dropped out of college after only half a year, moving to Santa Cruz to follow his heart and make music. He played with a couple of punk bands in California and Florida but nothing really stuck. Yellowcard guitarist Ben Harper saw one of Key's band practices and quickly extended an invitation to him to jam with the rest of the band - as luck would have it, they had jettisoned their current singer and were looking for a replacement.

"We started playing some songs I had written," remembers Key, "and it all just clicked. Sean and I had always been really tight and I had a good relationship with the rest of the guys. It just seemed to work very naturally somehow."

Yellowcard were now a complete band and Key convinced the band that they needed to move from Florida to Southern California to have a real shot of catching their aspirations. They would move to Ventura County and quickly find their collective voice together, playing many of the songs Key wrote on his own before joining the group. Most of these were recorded on their debut album, One For The Kids (Lobster Records), released in 2001, and the 2002 follow-up, The Underdog EP (Fueled By Ramen Records). Both releases received favorable reviews and genuine buzz, particularly for the group's upbeat, honest music.

Ocean Avenue, Yellowcard's debut for Capitol Records, was produced by Neal Avron and mixed by Tom-Lord-Alge. On the album, themes of self-empowerment and self-awareness reveal themselves throughout the 13 songs on tracks like "Believe" and "Inside Out." And there is a conspicuous lack of irony or sarcasmƒsincerity rules. "We're definitely a positive band," says Key. "We want to take experiences in our life and use them in a productive way, to encourage people not to let anybody tell them what to do with their life."

Ocean Avenue offers a passionate brand of upbeat punk -- but with a twist, complementing the standard band setup with the exotic (by rock standards, anyway) inclusion of a violin as a rhythm instrument, played by Sean Mackin. It makes their songs stand out, says Key. "I write the verses and the chorus and then let the band take it from there. They come up with any new kind of rhythms or chord structures that they can to just make the songs more interesting, to make them better. It's a very equal-parts thing that comes out really strong."

Ocean Avenue's opener, "Way Away," finds Key speaking to the idea that people are ultimately the masters of their own destiny. "We're talking about really owning up to what you want to do in your life," he explains of the song. He cites his own personal journey from dropping out of college to pursue his dream of being a songwriter, and the band's decision to leave their hometown of Jacksonville for California. "It's like, I'm not going to stay here just because you tell me I have to. A lot of those people who say that are doing the 9-to-5 and they're not happy. You have to do what you want to do."

On other songs, Yellowcard cull directly from their lives. On "Only One," Key talks specifically about the recent breakup with his girlfriend. "I can't stand albums where every song is about some chick who broke your heart," laughs Key. This song is different, though, he says. "I made the decision to end the relationship because it was the right thing to do, even though I'm not sure exactly why, and this song is about knowing it was right but still trying to understand it."

On "Miles Apart," Yellowcard reflect on the divergence of friends' lives after seminal periods like high school. "Twentythree" is about youthful idealism giving way to maturity. And the frenzied pace of the song stands out on Ocean Avenue, as do the vocals, done not by Key but by Mackin. "It's amazing how Sean can sing a song and it still sounds like Yellowcard," says Key.

By design, the end of the album feels like arriving at the end of an emotional journey. The final song is "Back Home," a counterpoint to the album's opener, "Way Away." If that opener is about the brash pursuit of personal dreams, "Back Home," is a sentimental reflection on what was left behind. "Sometimes when you've gone out to do what you want to do, you miss what you left - home, security, friends, family, safety," explains Key. "We wanted to end the record with that kind of reflection."

Indeed, it's that kind of wise-beyond-their-years sensibility that has helped Yellowcard stand out from the pack. In 2002, they joined the West Coast leg of the famed Warped Tour, a breakout stint for the band, and they soon used their newfound buzz to land spots on tours opening up for revered punks like No Use For A Name, Lagwagon and Less Than Jake. This summer, they'll be featured again on the Warped Tour, this time on the East Coast leg.

"It's awesome to know we sacrificed and followed our hearts to end up where we are right now," says Key. "We definitely feel lucky, but we've worked hard as hell to ma ke that luck happen."


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BAND INTERVIEWS
October 28, 2004 - ThePunkSite.com
September 9 2004 - Toazted.com (audio)
September 4, 2004 - AndPop.com (video)
August 16, 2004 - ConcertHype.com
August 13, 2004 - KJ103fm.com (audio)
July 8, 2004 - Toazted.com (audio)
July 7, 2004 - Luminomagazine.com
June 22, 2004 - MTV.com
May 20, 2004 - MTV.com
May 10, 2004 - VH1.com
May 3, 2004 - JerseyBeat.com
April 22, 2004 - APP.com
April 22, 2004 - CleveScene.com
April 11, 2004 - Orion Online
April 11, 2004 - WeeklyPlanet.com
April 11, 2004 - OrlandoSentinel.com
April 6, 2004 - MTV.com
March 29, 2004 - eSpinnaker.com
March 26, 2004 - Alternative Twist
March 25, 2004 - ElPasoEntertainment.com
March 25, 2004 - CampusTimes.org
March 23, 2004 - Punk76.com
March 12, 2004 - Interview with Ben's dad
March 7, 2004 - Toazted.com (mp3)
March 7, 2004 - Borderlesspromo.com
February 24, 2004 - AndPop.com (video)
February 21, 2004 - StaticDomain.com
February 20, 2004 - TheSheaf.com
February 18, 2004 - Radzine.com (French)
February 17, 2004 - CampusTimes.org
February 17, 2004 - Home News Tribune
February 10, 2004 - ThePunkSite.com
February 3, 2004 - Fly Magazine
January 20, 2004 - Lollipop.com
January 19, 2004 - Lollipop.com
January 7, 2004 - ChartAttack.com
January 6, 2004 - PopMusicFan.com
December 19, 2003 - PulseWeekly.com
December 15, 2003 - ChartAttack.com
December 12, 2003 - Las Vegas Mercury
Decmeber 4, 2003 - Punxor.com
Decmeber 4, 2003 - FSUNews.com
Decmeber 3, 2003 - Lollipop.com
December 3, 2003 - NailedShut.com
November 13, 2003 - DailyNorthwestern.com
October 31, 2003 - CampusCircle.com
October 29, 2003 - CAPunk.com
October 21, 2003 - MTV.com
October 17, 2003 - Jacksonville.com
October 13, 2003 - PunkRockMusicOnlineZine
October 1, 2003 - RiftRock.com
September 16, 2003 - Gravity Games
September 14, 2003 - Neon Lounge
September 11, 2003 - Punkymo
August 20, 2003 - The Mercury News
August 19, 2003 - Sidetracks Music (audio stream)
August 13, 2003 - Life In A Bungalow
August 11, 2003 - Cellar Dweller Magazine
August 7, 2003 - Billboard.com
August 2003 - Mean Street
July 22, 2003 - AbsolutePunk.net
June 2003 - SoundTheSirens.com
May 23, 2003 - TeenSpot.com
May 5, 2003 - Punk-It.net
April 28, 2003 - Acid Rain Entertainment
April 3, 2003 - WHRC Radio (audio)
April 2003 - idobi.com (audio)
April 2003 - EST1987.com (audio)


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VOICEMAIL
May 12, 2004 - Ryan talks about the upcoming Warped Tour [Warped Tour Newsletter]
January 12, 2004 - Ryan calls from the video shoot [windows media] [real one]
November 6, 2003 - Ben calls in and gives a long lost update [For Underdogs only]
September 24, 2003 - To Ryan...Love, Britney [For Underdogs only]
July 22, 2003 - Celebrating the release of Ocean Avenue [windows media] [real one]
July 11, 2003 - Ryan fights L.A. traffic [For Underdogs only]
May 16, 2003 - Sean thanks The Underdogs [For Underdogs only]
May 16, 2003 - Sean calls in from Indianapolis [windows media] [real one]
April 20, 2003 - Happy Easter from LP [windows media] [real one]
April 20, 2003 - Happy Easter from Ben [windows media] [real one]
April 13, 2003 - Ryan @ HOB in Anahiem [For Underdogs only]

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- Last confirmed Aug. 5, 2005