REVIEW: YELLOWCARD AT THE NEWPORT CENTRE (05/03/11)
After going on a hiatus back in 2008, the five piece from the sunny state of California have finally returned to the music industry. Yellowcard have just finished working in the studio for their forthcoming album ‘when your through thinking, say yes’. The band arrived in Newport, supporting fellow pop-punkers All Time Low for a joint eleven date tour. This is the first time Yellowcard have toured the UK, despite having over three million album sales under their belt and a dedicated British fan base. Yellowcard wasted no time getting to know the welsh crowd, bursting straight into ‘Way Away’, the song is a catchy punk tune, which has an addition of electric violin adding an element of uniqueness. Lead Singer ‘Ryan Key’ informs the welsh crowd that they are here to play as much music as possible, performing a mixture of tracks from all three previous albums and some new songs from their upcoming album. The bands next single ‘hang you up’ could easily set the band up for mainstream success, with its acoustic built track it really is hard not to get stuck into this song. The crowd come together and appreciate Yellowcard’s last single ‘For you and your denial’ which goes down a storm with the crowd.
Not forgetting older material, Yellowcard perform some of their better known songs from their 2006 release including ‘Lights and Sound’ and ‘Rough Landing, Holly’. For a band that has been out of the picture for two years, Yellowcard have a set that is completely flawless. Concluding their performance with their 2002 breakthrough hit ‘Ocean Avenue’, the song receives rightful recognition and even gets the young attendance singing along. With the release of their new album on March 21st, this year seems to be the year where Yellowcard will make their name dominate in the music industry once again.
Words: Mike Lewis
by 247 Magazine