The full press-release for Ryan Key's (Yellowcard) Kickstarter for a new recording studio is in the replies. No word on a stretch goal of me coming down to critique your tunes yet.
"After working on six Yellowcard albums, I can honestly say that Ryan Key is a true talent," said Avron (producer and mixer of Linkin Park, Weezer, Aerosmith, Fall Out Boy, Yellowcard). "I have watched Ryan successfully hone his techniques as a songwriter and now producer. Armed with these skills, Ryan truly has an innate sense for what a song needs."
You and me—Ryan Key. Together, we can bring The Lone Tree Recordings to life. As the lead singer and guitarist of Yellowcard, I practically grew up in a studio. I know how important it is for musicians to be able to write and record their music so they can share it with the world. So I'm reaching out to all music fans and musicians to help support this studio as a space for talented musicians to write and record the songs they love.
Anyone wanna go to the Yellowcard/Memphis May Fire show at House of Blues Dallas tomorrow night? Lemme know why I should pick you in the replies and the winner will get a pair. Please make sure you can go to the show before replying.
Yellowcard's Lift a Sail is in stores today and we sat down with lead singer Ryan Key to talk about the process behind writing the album, the fears of taking a risk vs playing it safe with music, and the band's lessons from their ride in the music industry. This interview ended up being quite long but I think it's a fascinating read for anyone that's a fan of the band or interested in the artistic and behind the scenes songwriting process.
And, in that process, we realized we really felt good about that. We talked about it, and we had those talks of like, “well, is this what we’re going to do? I mean, we’re clearly leaning in this direction and feeling inspired here, but is this going...
Today we're proud to present our new music video for "One Bedroom." We teamed up with Invisible Children to give a look at the reality of what life is like for people in central Africa who are still being terrorized by Joseph Kony and his Lord's Resistance Army.
Working with Invisible Children was an incredible experience. We have never had the opportunity to connect our music to something so much bigger than ourselves in such a direct way.
Together we can put an end to this unnecessary violence and bring back the women and children who are still held captive
Head to AltPress to hear a new Yellowcard song called "Crash The Gates" and read an interview with Ryan Key.
[Neal Avron] was a big part of why this thing turned out the way it did. At the beginning, he was like, “I think you guys are ready to step out of the box a little more. You never have before.” I think in the end, there were probably more raging rock guitars on it than he would have liked, but he helped us find a good medium. He never just lets you do things, even though we’ve made so many records with him over the years. He doesn’t just press “record” and let it go. He’s deeply invested in what we do, and that’s why we keep going back to him. It feels really good when he tells...
Yellowcard have confirmed the album cover for Lift a Sail on Facebook. Along with that the band's new biography can be found, in full, in the replies. And, last but not least, the radio edit of "One Bedroom" (it's missing over 40 seconds of the song), is up on radio station 91x San Diego's website.
After two of the most eventful years of his life, it’s the kind of emotionally cathartic record Key needed his band to make. In 2012, while on tour in Europe, Key met the woman who would become his wife, Alyona Alekhina, a professional snowboarder from Russia. By the end of the year they were engaged—but just a few months later, while training in California, Alekhina suffered a spinal cord...
2. Transmission Home
3. Crash the Gates
4. Make Me So
5. One Bedroom
6. Fragile and Dear
9. The Deepest Well
10. Lift a Sail
12. My Mountain
We'll be seeing a lot of tour announcements today, and here's a big one to kick the week off -- Yellowcard and Memphis May Fire will go on a co-headlining tour with Emarosa throughout the U.S. in October and November. Full dates are in the replies. Also, the band has announced their new album will be called Lift a Sail and will be released in September -- video announcement also in the replies.