Oct 14, 2010, 12:02 AM |

Haven't done this in a while... but here goes nothing.


The band released their first album, Midget Tossing, in 1997 but with not much success. Around that time their lead singer was replaced by Ryan Key who convinced the band that they couldn’t be successful in Florida, so they decided to move to Southern California. The new group released their debut album, One for the Kids (Lobster Records), in 2001, and followed up with The Underdog EP (Fueled by Ramen Records) in 2002. Yellowcard signed with Capitol Records in 2003 and released Ocean Avenue, which is their most successful album to date. Soon after, bassist Alex Lewis was let go by the band. Pete Mosely who had produced and played bass on most of the songs on Ocean Avenue took over on bass. The Yellowcard popularity “skyrocketed” after this period, with a song from their Ocean Avenue Album, “Breathing” appearing on EA Games’ famed title, Burnout 3: Takedown in the winter of 2004. The song was very popular among users of the game, which had previously been owned by the British company Criterion, but had been acquired by EA. People from across the world began to sample the Yellowcard fanaticism that people had over the times previous. The album Lights And Sounds was released in January 2006. The title track, Lights And Sounds, was the first single released off the album. It is also featured on the game Burnout Revenge. The whole album is based on a concept theme with many songs expressing their dislike for Los Angeles. In 2005 the guitarist Ben Harper left the band due to disputes, and was replaced by Ryan Mendez. Paper Walls is their latest album released July 17th, 2007. The title track from this album sees Yellowcard reach new levels and shows the depth they have grown to. After their tour for Paper Walls, they went on an indefinite hiatus for almost 2 years. They have since come back from their indefinite hiatus and are currently in studio recording their new album.   

Yellowcard Origins

This is the band Yellowcard, a multi-platinum pop punk band formed in Jacksonville, Florida in 1997, and based in Los Angeles, California since 2000. Their music features the use of a violin, unusual for the genre. They are best-known for their songs "Ocean Avenue", "Only One", "Lights and Sounds", and "Light Up the Sky". The band announced their return from a two-year hiatus on August 2010 and is currently working on a new album.

Yellowcard Lineup

Current Members:

  • Ryan Key - lead vocals, rythm guitar (2000 - present)
  • Sean Mackin - violin, backing vocals (1997 - present)
  • Ryan Mendez - lead guitar (2005 - present)
  • Longineu W. Parsons III - drums (1997 - present)
  • Sean O'Donnell - bass (2010 - present)

Former Members:

  • Ben Harper - lead guitar, vocals (1997 - 2006)
  • Peter Mosely - bass, piano, vocals (2002 -2003, 2004 -2007)
  • Ales Lewis - bass, vocals (2003 -2004)
  • Warren Cooke - bass, vocals (1997 - 2002)
  • Todd Clary - rythm guitar, vocals (1997 - 2000)
  • Ben Dobson - lead vocals (1997 -1999)


Midget Tossing (1997)

  1. 2 Quarts
  2. Possessioins
  3. Sue
  4. American't
  5. Me First
  6. Get Off The Couch
  7. Interlewed
  8. Someday
  9. Goodbye
  10. Up Hill Both Ways
  11. For The Longest Time

One For The Kids (2001)

  1. Star Struck
  2. Drifting
  3. Something Of Value
  4. Trembling
  5. Sureshot
  6. Big Apple Heartbreak
  7. Cigarette
  8. October Nights
  9. Rock Star Land
  10. For Pete's Sake
  11. A.W.O.L.

The Underdog [EP] (2002)

  1. Underdog
  2. Avondale
  3. Finish Line
  4. Powder
  5. Rocket

Ocean Avenue (2003)

  1. Way Away
  2. Breathing
  3. Ocean Avenue
  4. Empty Apartment
  5. Life Of A Salesman
  6. Only One
  7. Miles Apart
  8. Twenty Three
  9. View From Heaven
  10. Inside Out
  11. Believe
  12. One Year, Six Months
  13. Back Home

Where We Stand (2004)

  1. Lesson Learned
  2. Time Will Tell
  3. Sue
  4. April 20th
  5. Uphill Both Ways
  6. Kids
  7. Doesn't Matter
  8. Sorry Try Again
  9. Anywhere But Here
  10. On The Brink

Lights And Sounds (2006)

  1. Three Flights Up
  2. Lights And Sounds
  3. Down On My Head
  4. Sure Thing Falling
  5. City Of Devils
  6. Rough Landing, Holly
  7. Two Weeks From Twenty
  8. Waiting Game
  9. Martin Sheen Or JFK
  10. Space Travel
  11. Grey
  12. Words, Hands, Hearts
  13. How I Go
  14. Holly Wood Died

Paper Walls (2007)

  1. Afraid
  2. Cut Me, Mike
  3. Date Line (I Am Gone)
  4. Dear Bobbie
  5. Fighting
  6. Five Becomes Four
  7. Keeper
  8. Light Up The Sky
  9. Shadows And Regrets
  10. Shrink The World
  11. The Takedown
  12. You And Me And One Spotlight
  13. Paper Walls

Yellowcard Trivia

  1. "Ocean Avenue" is based off of the German film Run Lola Run. To show that the day is repeating, Ryan's jacket in the video has a different number on it for each time the day repeats itself.
  2. "Twenty-Three" and "Rough Draft" are about the same girl.
  3. Yellowcard is a phrase that the guys used to replace "party foul." That's where the band title originated from.
  4. Longineu Parsons the Third has his own clothing label, Animal Wear. Since then he has been nicknamed, The Animal.
  5. The last song on their album Ocean Avenue, "Back Home", reflects on what the band left behind to persue their dreams.

Hope you enjoyed the music of Yellowcard.