Yellowcard is on tour this summer to celebrate the 20th anniversary of everyone’s summer essential track Ocean Avenue. The US tour alongside Mayday Parade, This Wild Life, Story of the Year, and Anberlin will hit Baltimore’s Pier Six Pavillion on July 5.
Originally based in Jacksonville, Florida, Yellowcard started as a hardcore punk five-piece back in 1997. Three years later, they released an EP and LP with Ryan Key as the new lead singer and with a change to the pop punk genre. After moving to Camarillo, California, in 2003, the band eventually signed with Fueled By Ramen, releasing Ocean Avenue as a single late that year. Ocean Avenue, while originally toted as a romance song, signified the band’s roots in Florida and the farewell to the days of their youth. The track is considered a classic by many as it was one of the first in the wave of pop punk and emo music that would consume the scene for years to come. Following Yellowcard’s official disbandment in 2017, Key went on to perform acoustic sets for the final year of Warped Tour in 2019.
2022 signaled the beginning of the era of iconic revivals. Yellowcard announced their reunion last year at Riot Fest, and later went on to sign with Equal Vision Records with whom they’ll be releasing their EP Childhood Eyes on July 7. Key cites the five tracks from Childhood Eyes as sounding like they could have been part of the 2007 record Paper Walls but with a different lens. The album features Vic Fuentes of Pierce the Veil and Chris Carrabba of Dashboard Confessional.
Yellowcard has always been a staple of every emo kid’s playlist, but now that the emo generation has grown up, Key has mentioned the pride behind writing lyrics from a 43 year-old point of view. With a mission of continuing the dream and not giving up, this reunion serves as a resurgence of the 2010s pop punk scene.
The national tour kicks off on July 1 before reaching Pier Six Pavillion in Baltimore on July 5. The sold-out show is sure to have the entire crowd reciting the lyrics to Ocean Avenue like they did back in the summer of 2004.
Native New Yorker and Yankees fan, Lesley Ang is a freelance writer and social media strategist. She currently writes across several platforms with works featured on NextShark and Metal Temple.
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