"I was like, “okay, take the CD out, guys. It’s not funny, we’re all friends here, like, what are we doing.” and they were like “nonono, it’s on the radio!” And you just take a moment, and you’re like, “wait, my song’s on the radio?”"

— Sean Mackin
March  20   ( 40 )   via   +
"I am currently writing as much as I can and hoping to start recording in the spring. I think we talked about it a little bit. I mean, we haven’t all been together to work on songs at all. But I think, like, we were talking just a little bigger. Just really anthemic is the vibe we want. Just massive-sounding songs. That’s kind of the words that have been thrown around the dressing room over the last couple of tours. We may tune the guitars down a little further, a little lower than we have in the past and open it a little more to halftime songs or reference, I guess. Stuff like ‘Be the Young.’ And what else can I say? I guess ‘Southern Air - songs like that, where the choruses just really kind of blow wide open and drop to that kind of halftime feel and feel just really huge. Right now, I think that’s the vibe that everybody’s kind of feeling. So we’ll see when we get in there. We may end up writing a whole new record full of punk rock songs, who knows?"

Ryan Key regarding the new album [x] (via yellowcardsource)
February  1   ( 34 )   via   +
"I wonder where we would be without Dookie. When I say “we” I mean the entire scene we have found ourselves in. From the opening moments of “Burnout,” young wanna-be punk-rockers everywhere felt their hair getting a little more spikey. There is something about the journey that record takes you on that is unlike anything I had heard before. There were raging pop punk anthems all over the record but I think the most notable thing is the pop sensibility that Green Day had so early on in their songwriting career. Songs like “She” and “When I Come Around” were totally outside of the box and, for me, demonstrated that we could use our style of music to write these huge, everlasting pop songs. I still reference Dookie today when I need a good kick-in-the-ass crash-course on melody writing."

— Ryan Key, from "Green Day’s ‘Dookie’ Turns 20: Taking Back Sunday, Yellowcard & More Revisit the Punk Classic"
January  31   ( 70 )   +
"I told myself that if this time next year - and I gave two specific venues - if this time next year we play the Electric Factory in Philadelphia and Best Buy Theater in New York, then we’ve made it as far as we have to make it. And a year has passed, and we’re playing both."

Ryan Key

(…. and they sold out both, too, in Nov 2012. Also, I was there at both.)

December  22   ( 19 )   +
"I didn’t want to go to Jacksonville, just because of the past - and honestly, I’ll admit it - cowardice. I didn’t want to go to Jacksonville and deal with people going up to me saying “See? You failed.”"

— Ryan Key
December  22   ( 13 )   +
"I was living in Hollywood, California on the corner of Melrose and Gardner in a really nice house and I was driving a Mercedes and little did anyone know that we all were in deep financial trouble, not sure what was going to happen next, no future for Paper Walls… it was a really scary time. I packed my stuff into a 24 box truck and I put my Mercedes-Benz on a car trailer on the back of it and I hit Interstate 10 and drove across the country and moved to Athens GA and I lived with my cousin Alex and his wife, I rented out a bedroom. I had to borrow an undisclosed amount of money from my father to avoid filing for bankruptcy and it was a life-altering experience. […] We went all the way up there and all the way down."

— Ryan Key
December  22   ( 24 )   +
"I have a notebook with some lyrics [from 2001/02] in it. Trying. Making an attempt at it. It literally took me ten years to write the song."

— Ryan Key on “Ten”
December  22   ( 54 )   via   +
Interviewer: "How hard was that ["Ten"] to write?"
Ryan: Well, it's taken me a really long time to write it. I kind of actually enjoyed taking the Ben FOlds route on this one, in saying that "you get it".
Interviewer: Yeah, yeah.
Ryan: It was really tough to write, and I hope it's a song that provides closure for people who hear it and have been through something like that and as it has done for me in writing it, but it's not something that I feel that I need or owe it to anyone to go out and spell out the story line by line of what happened. It's pretty spelled out in the lyrics. It's not just for me, it's for people who have also had experiences...
December  22   ( 42 )   +
"People ask me “what’s your favourite song to play in a show?” Every night I swear to God I answer Ocean Avenue every time. Because without that song I don’t have a career. Without that song if I’m having a shitty show I wouldn’t have a good show at the end when we close with that song. That song brings everyone together, it brings all of us and all of the audience together. We connect no matter what’s happened in the day prior. And I’m proud of that."

— Ryan Key (x)
December  22   ( 95 )   +
"I wanted to be in a band because I heard songs like Teen Spirit, Basket Case, or Jeremy on the radio, early- mid-90s, and that shit changed my life."

— Ryan Key (x)
December  22   ( 56 )   via   +
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