1997 was the first year that Yellowcard made an appearance on the music scene and after ten studio albums, eight band member changes, seven different record labels and almost two decades of rocking us all through our adolescence, the band have finally decided to call it a day.
This inevitable but still heartbreaking news, came just after their latest self-titled album was released back in September 2016. The band’s official web page comments:
“The decision was an incredibly difficult one for us to make. We considered so many things – our families, our health, our future endeavors. In the end we realized that this was the right time to step away and preserve the legacy and integrity of the band. We went into this record knowing it would be the last. The motivation behind this was to make sure these songs came from a place that was deeply rooted in us. We wanted to push ourselves to create a lasting finale for this incredible story on our own. It is also why we chose to self-title the album. We were lucky to still have our friend and mentor, Neal Avron, on board as Executive Producer and mixer and we’ve made one of the strongest records of our career and a fitting final creative piece.”
So, with their farewell tour coming up, It’s time to reminisce on everything that Yellowcard have given us over the years and highlight some of their greatest hits, ones that we hope to hear across their 9-date UK tour.
Starting with the unforgettable ‘Ocean Avenue.’ Arguably one of the band’s greatest and most memorable hits from the album of the same name, this track is one of the original pop-punk debuts, making it a MUST to hear.
‘Only You,’ also from the Ocean Avenue album is also on this list, for its emotional grasp on all of us, whether you want to admit it or not. The prominent use of their signature violin is what takes this song to another level and is what allowed Yellowcard to create their very own genre of sorts. A firm favourite.
‘Saviours Robes’ from the band’s latest self-titled album brought them into a whole new light with their heavier than usual approach but man did it work. However the very same can be said for the entire album. It was so highly anticipated anyway but when the record was finally released, it truly exceeded any and all expectations, making their departure from the music scene and even bigger kick in the teeth.
Last but not least, the tear-jerker of ALL tear jerkers, ‘Ten.’ This absolutely heartbreaking ballad could reduce anybody to a shadow of their former self, as it beautifully captures the band’s raw, acoustic talent and some real human emotion. This might be the cherry on top of an already emotional cake but to hear such a powerful ballad for the last time in the flesh, would be the most unforgettable memory.
Head over to the bands official website and pick up your tickets for their farewell tour, right HERE. Bring tissues.