When bands breakup, the question of where the individual artists go musically hangs over the head of both the fans and the performers.
Last night, William Ryan Key (former front man of the pop-punk band Yellowcard) performed last night at Baby’s All Right in Williamsburg, Brooklyn.
Performing songs from his 2018 solo albums, Thirteen and Virtue (in addition to some old Yellowcard classics), stripped back music to what it should be: a band, a mic, instruments and an audience who has as deep affinity for the artists on stage.
Though the performance space is limited in the number fans it can hold, it was the perfect venue for an intimate performance. Instead of the larger concert venues that Key played while in Yellowcard, Baby’s All Right allows Key to have an intimate, one on one conversation with the small group of fans who know him and love him as an artist.
It was one of the best Friday nights I have had in a long time. I recommend the concert and the albums.
Last night, Yellowcard fans around the world went to bed with their hearts breaking. The upcoming album and tour will be the band’s last for the foreseeable future.
Their albums have been the soundtrack of my life for the last 10 years. I’ve had the pleasure of seeing them live several times. I cannot put into words the unbridled joy that comes the phrase “Yellowcard concert”.
All good things must come to an end, that is a fact of life. When the Beatles announced that they were breaking up in 1970, their fans must have felt like the world was falling apart.
The new album and tour will be bittersweet. Thank you guys, for 10 years of incredible music, my life would have been very different without you.
To honor their journey as musicians and mine as a fan, I give you their first song to hit the charts, Ocean Avenue and the first single off the new album, Rest In Peace.
In other music news, I have a new favorite song, The Mess I Made by Stillwell.
I found the song to be so true to life. We all make mistakes and it’s incredibly easy to punish ourselves for that mistake. I love a good rock song and this song is perfect.
Yellowcard is known for the frenetic, high energy music that full of emotion. Eleven years ago, the first label album, Ocean Avenue released and has become a certifiable classic among the Yellowcard fanbase.
Last week, their new album, Lift A Sail was released.
While the emotion is still present, there is a maturity and an understanding about life that only comes from growing up, which as we all know can be painful at times. The boys have also used their music to assist in humanitarian efforts. The video for One Bedroom tells the story of a young man kidnapped by the group known as The Lord’s Resistance Army, led by Joseph Kony.
I’ve been fan of Yellowcard since Ocean Avenue. This album does not disappoint.
I recommend it.