Lyric video for the new Yellowcard track ‘Awakening‘, taken from the band’s forthcoming eighth studio album ‘Southern Air‘.
Official video for the Yellowcard track ‘Always Summer‘.
Full details of his decision to depart the band can be found on the official Yellowcard website.
Dressed in a rabbit onesie accompanied by a tiger and a leopard huddled under thick duvet covers, fans have been queuing since early hours or the previous day. ALL TIME LOW has one of the biggest and dies hard fan bases to exist in the foundations of modern day pop-punk. So when the burley security guards open up ‘heaven’s doors’, the fans upon fans swarm in like a stampede of antelope, all wanting to grab a hold of that sacred barrier.
First up is the British High Wycombe collective, also referred to as the uprising and over achieving YOUNG GUNS. Hitting straight into “D.O.A” these boys try their very best to open up a pit, although the crowd is sadly made up of thirteen to sixteen year olds with the handful of watchful parents or those who chose to stay at the back and enjoy their view from the bar. How ever, despite this one flaw, it’s the only one noticeable in their set. Front man, Gustav Wood’s crowd control is unbelievable as he forces the audience to spring upwards, clap but most importantly chant back the lyrics. “Stitches”, the band’s most currently released single, changed the atmosphere into something entirely different. Yes, the four minute wonder still consists of jumping, but the spine chilling coos, deep base line entwined with beautiful guitar strums is something else. “Daughter of the Sea”, “Winter Kiss” and “Crystal Clear” brings a cry of lyrics summoned up by the audience joined by fists beating up into the air giving all three tracks an exceedingly powerful feel to them. Their performance tonight is definitely one of their crowning glory moments as they show such enthusiasm and passion in what they do, that it will be no time until they’re succeeding higher levels and opportunities for those on today’s British music scene.
It’s been some time since YELLOW CARD have been back in the UK, so it comes as no surprise when they bring their musical to life on Brixton’s stage for the second time that it has such an astonishing effect on the crowd. “Lights and Sounds” brings back a familiar and warm welcome as the clever use of instruments such as violins that stimulates the audience into one big cheer. Yellow Card may be stereotyped to be meeting the needs of the older ones gathered here tonight, but the catchy “Rough landing Holly”, “Five Becomes Four” and “Hang You Up” bring everyone up onto their feet with their arms flying in the air (despite most of them trying to imitate a Irish Jig). Infamous ballad, “Only One” makes everyone howl out the words “you are my only, my only one” like a dog kennels on a full moon, running smooth Goosebumps and raising every last hair on your entire body. Of course “Ocean Avenue” is pure amazement, as like a cherry and whipped cream, tops off such an astounding performance.
Opening with an anticipating intro before diving head first into “Keep the Change, You Filthy Animal”, pop punkers ALL TIME LOW take the stage like a wild whirlwind. With a deafening roar, captivating track “Dammed If I do ya, Dammed if I don’t” brings out the best in these Maryland Boys. It’s hard to believe that with such popularity that this band’s first ever single “Coffee shop soundtrack” only came out back in early 2007! All Time Low aspire to reach out to their oldest fans that have been there for them since the beginning, the selection of the classics “Jasey Rae”, “Poppin’ Champagne” and “Six Feet Under The Stars” are used to bring a pleasing grin to those from the very front to the back in both the standing arena and those sat (well now standing and dancing) on the balcony. Whilst “A Part Song” , “Lost in Stereo” and “Stella” un-veils your inner wild child with it’s bubbly choruses and upbeat backings, “Therapy”, “Remembering Sunday” and a solo cover of Katy Perry’s “Teenage Dream” performed by front man Alex Gaskarth tweaking at his acoustic guitar, melts your heart and soul to the core. As curtain draws, the lights dim. Knowing that two obvious songs have not yet been broadcasted through the dome shaped building, the crowd beg for more. There’s silence for a moment but as soon as the dropping beats of “Weightless” begins insanity appears. Literally screaming back the words “I wanna feel weightless just because” makes you wonder how everyone has not yet lost their voice, although come Monday morning they might just find themselves having some difficulty with talking. Finishing on the infamous “Dear Maria Count Me In” has made an excellent choice of an encore. All Time Low tonight have most unquestionably put them on an all new high.
WORDS: EMILY RAWSON
Video by aislingkatemeade
All Time Low kicked off their tour in style last night as they performed a sold out show at Dublin’s Olympia with support from Yellowcard and Young Guns.
The band will now travel over to the UK for a show at Nottingham’s Rock City tomorrow evening, and will perform 10 shows across the UK over the course of an 11 day period.
The predominantly sold out tour will finish with two nights at Brixton Academy, the second date having been added as a result of the first show selling out. Tickets are still available for the Sunday 13th March show at Brixton Academy.
Yellowcard went on hiatus for a few years back in 2008, with a new album due for release later this month the band is most definitely back in action now however, and supporting All Time Low on this tour they will no doubt show why their fans missed them so much when they were away, and undoubtedly make a few new ones along the way as well.
Official video for the Yellowcard single ‘For You, And Your Denial‘. ‘For You, And Your Denial‘ is taken from the band’s ‘When You’re Through Thinking, Say Yes‘ album, due for UK release on March 21st.
I think that some people may think that this is a new album from the band and they have had a massive progression in sound, however in actual fact it is a re-release of an album they recorded back in 1999 – and when you look at it in this light, it is really quite an impressive album. With a different singer, and less top heavy violin work this band really do sound completely different. Ok, so this album’s never going to be your favourite album, but still – for what it is, it’s certainly very good. I have a feeling that some Yellowcard haters may enjoy this record if they didn’t know who the artist was – it really is that different.
In ‘Where We Stand,’ Yellowcard created a far more edgy Punk sound, a far cry from the highly defined, perfectionist recording approach of the Yellowcard of today. Instead of being led by the violin, it is very guitar heavy with some good violin work and the occasional violin solo which show that even at a young age this band were highly creative and trying to do something new. One thing that is extremely noticeable from listening to this album is that Yellowcard were a lot faster back in the day and in turn had a much heavier sound. The drum work throughout this album is particularly impressive – it is hard and fast and really does shine through and stand out on this album.
I’d imagine that there’s a fair amount of die hard Yellowcard fans out there that would absolutely hate this album and never consider buying it had it been recorded by another band. I much prefer this album to ‘One for the Kids,’ the bands breakthrough album which I thought was out of tune and extremely dull to listen to. Although this album is far from being perfect, I really think that this band could have had something with this singer – I doubt they would have had the chart success that they’ve had with Ryan Key, but they almost certainly would have been a Punk sensation. There’s definitely something distinctly charming about this album which makes its rawness loveable and almost adorable.
Released: 1st August 2005
Label: Kung Fu
I have really enjoyed what I have heard of the bands ‘Ocean Avenue’ album and was really looking forward to listening to this CD. Obviously I was expecting that this CD would be a bit different, and inevitably not as good seeing as it was released four years ago – but this is just stupid. This album is devoid of any real excitement, and the vocals often sound really out of tune.
The power which comes across through the violins on the tracks from ‘Ocean Avenue’ really doesn’t come across here, and as a result listening to this CD is a far less enjoyable experience. As I have already mentioned, the vocals on this album often sound really terrible and are at a lot of times painfully out of tune. There are some moments of promise on display in this album, but just when you think it’s getting good the band go and spoil it and throw in another bum note.
This is a truly off putting album by the band and really not a good reflection of the band and where they are today. I really don’t know how the band got signed to a major on the basis of this release as it really is quite terrible. This album is really rather dull, lacklustre, monotonous, mundane and generic. There’s very little to be gained from this CD – if you were a fan of hit album ‘Ocean Avenue’ then I would advise you not to check out this earlier offering as it’s really not worth your time or money. I honestly won’t be listening to this album ever again.
I didn’t really know what to expect from this one as I had liked the bands single ‘Life Of A Salesman’ but had not been too impressed with ‘Way Away.’ I was glad to find that the band had again released a good single as ‘Ocean Avenue’ really is quite a good song – its not going to change the world, but its certainly fun to listen to and easy to dance to. Yellowcard are a good Pop Punk band and this track really shows that – it is fast paced, fun, and full of energy. It is no wonder why this band is so big in America – they are a fine example of good Pop Punk.
On display here are some catchy guitar hooks, some amazing bass lines, great drum beats, and super strong vocals. Sometimes this kind of music can lack power, but there are some tremendous guitar hooks here that really power the song on and help it keep its momentum. If you are a fan of Pop Punk then you will almost certainly love this Yellowcard track, because the music that they create here is pure gold. Everything about this track is really strong – there is nothing to fault about it at all, it’s all glued together perfectly to make a masterpiece of a track.
If you are looking for a good, fun band that are not afraid to write a powerful song then look no further than Yellowcard. No, this isn’t the most original style of music around but it’s done so well here that this doesn’t really matter and you just enjoy the music for what it is. The violin in the band certainly adds to the whole atmosphere of the music and makes them that extra bit exciting, and interesting to listen to. This single will be released on September the 6th so you’ve got a good amount of time yet to hear it on the radio or see the video on TV and make up your own mind about whether you like it or not. If you are at all in to Pop Punk then the chances are that you will like this track and will want to listen to it more. Don’t just go downloading it on Kazaa or something – buy the single, support the scene.