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that one band with the violin

This is a (mainly photos) yellowcard appreciation blog. unaffiliated with the band. I try to only post credited photos; if I fuck up, let me know. ✖ mobile header: Katie Hovland

“If the entire stage has fallen apart and burned down, as long as you can still play [Ocean Avenue] last, it just brings everybody together…”
— Ryan Key
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“We know, as well as any of the bands here today that breaking through is not easy. I remember many nights sleeping next to [Sean] on the futon in the back of our van…”
— Ryan Key at the APMAS (x)
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“The fact that you guys are here [at Warped] today proves that rock and roll isn’t dead.”
— Ryan Key of Yellowcard at Warped Tour in Cleveland, Ohio (via highwaytosomewhere)
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“I think the songwriting and production on [Blink-182’s album Enema of the State] was a game-changer for me. I saw Blink-182 in a basement club in Jacksonville, Florida at age 16 when they were touring Cheshire Cat. Then somehow I didn’t get into Dude Ranch other than hearing ‘Dammit’ on the radio. I’m not sure why. But when I heard how massive and epic Enema was for the first time, my mind was blown. It definitely made me want to be a better songwriter and make bigger-sounding records.”
— Ryan Key
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“With ‘Ocean Avenue,’ it was about leaving home and finding your place in the world. With ‘Lights and Sounds,’ it was more about getting lost along the way, and realizing life wasn’t what you thought it would be. ‘Paper Walls’ is about knowing who you want to be and finding that confidence.”
— Ryan Key (x)
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“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
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“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)
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“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.”
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“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.)

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“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
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