It seems like just yesterday I was saying goodbye to one of favorite bands at Warped Tour’s 2016 “Seattle” stop. Yellowcard would follow up with a goodbye tour later in the year, but I knew that particular show would be the last chance I would get to see them barring some sort of reunion down the road. The show was fantastic as I expected albeit bittersweet. It was a good way to say goodbye.
How does that proverb go though? When one door closes, another one opens? Although it may be far too cheesy for my liking, that sentiment holds true for the man who used to front Yellowcard, Ryan Key. Sure I may have bid farewell to Yellowcard, but now I get to welcome a new chapter for Key, which includes a brand new solo EP and a new name…or should I say a return to his given name “William”.
It is always interesting when an artist such as William Ryan Key go solo for the first time. Just as Brandon Flowers‘ voice is the most recognizable part of The Killers and the same can be said for Chris Carrabba regarding Dashboard Confessional, distancing yourself from a popular band you were a part of while staying true to that band’s fanbase can be quite the balancing act. With that being said, Key has it a little easier considering the fact that Yellowcard had a few other distinguishable qualities including their violinist, Sean Mackin.
Thirteen is a version of William Ryan Key that we have heard before, but only in small portions. The folksy acoustic sounds take you back to Yellowcard gems like “One Year, Six Months” and “How I Go”. The tracks that brought the tempo down and stuck with you for years to come. It isn’t necessarily Key finally doing it his way, I can’t name name many Yellowcard tracks off the top of my head that Key didn’t write the lyrics for (were there any?). Thirteen is however, perhaps the most memorable parts of Key if you are a true Yellowcard fan.
Don’t get me wrong, I had the polyphonic version of “Only One” on my flip phone and I still belt “Ocean Avenue” like I’m a Junior in High School again, but there are songs that stick in your head and songs that stick in your heart. Thirteen features the latter.
William Ryan Key’s first solo EP, Thirteen will be released on May 25th, 2018, so remember to mark your calendars. You can also pre-order the signed EP at www.williamryankey.com.
Make sure to catch him on tour as well at one of the stops below:
|May 16||Pompano Beach, FL||Pompano Beach Amphitheatre|
|May 17||Lake Buena Vista, FL||House Of Blues|
|May 18||Atlanta, GA||The Masquerade|
|May 19||Carrboro, NC||Cat’s Cradle|
|May 20||Norfolk, VA||The Norva|
|May 22||Silver Spring, MD||The Fillmore|
|May 23||Philadelphia, PA||Electric Factory|
|May 25||Pittsburgh, PA||Stage AE|
|May 26||Toronto, ON||Phoenix Concert Theatre|
|May 27||Asbury Park, NJ||Stone Pony|
|May 29||New York, NY||Playstation Theater|
|May 30||Boston, MA||House Of Blues|
|Jun 1||Pontiac, MI||Crofoot Ballroom|
|Jun 2||Cincinnati, OH||Bogart’s|
|Jun 4||Chicago, IL||House Of Blues|
|Jun 5||Chicago, IL||House Of Blues|
|Jun 6||St Louis, MO||The Pageant|
|Jun 8||Denver, CO||Ogden Theatre|
|Jun 9||Salt Lake City, UT||The Complex|
|Jun 11||Seattle, WA||Showbox SoDo|
|Jun 12||Portland, OR||McMenamins Crystal Ballroom|
|Jun 14||San Francisco, CA||Regency Ballroom|
|Jun 15||Las Vegas, NV||Brooklyn Bowl|
|Jun 16||Los Angeles, CA||The Wiltern|
|Jun 17||Anaheim, CA||House Of Blues|
|Jun 19||Tempe, AZ||The Marquee|
|Jun 21||Austin, TX||Emo’s|
|Jun 22||Dallas, TX||House Of Blues|
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