Armed with energetic riffs and a violin player, Yellowcard catapulted into the spotlight during the early 2000s and remained one of pop-punk’s biggest acts for more than a decade.
∙ Yellowcard started out in 1997 as a hardcore band but shifted toward pop-punk once Ryan Key became the group’s lead singer a couple of years later.
∙ Following several independent releases, their 2003 major-label debut, Ocean Avenue, reached No. 23 on the Billboard 200 and was certified Platinum.
∙ In 2005, the band performed a cover of Simple Minds’ hit “Don’t You (Forget About Me)” during the MTV Movie Awards as part of a tribute to the film The Breakfast Club.
∙ Beginning with 2007’s Paper Walls LP, they landed six straight LPs in the Top 10 of Billboard’s Alternative Albums chart.
∙ Fall Out Boy frontman Patrick Stump cowrote the lyrics to “Here I Am Alive,” a single off 2012’s Southern Air LP that featured Taylor Jardine of the pop-punk band We Are The In Crowd.
∙ To celebrate the 10-year anniversary of their breakthrough LP Ocean Avenue, the band recorded and released a new acoustic version of the album in 2013.