When a band that holds so many memories and so many amazing songs in everyone’s hearts decides to finish their journey, you can expect an incredible last album. That is exactly what Yellowcard has given us with their final, self-titled album “Yellowcard." The ten song full length album comes out today, September 30th, 2016, but many people have already gotten their hands on it via preorder and VIP ticket packages. “Rest In Peace” begins this album with a very memorable Yellowcard sound; the ringing of the violin mixed with strong guitars. That notable sound that one would only recognize as Yellowcard continues in “What Appears," “Got Yours," and “A Place We Set Afire," sticking to their pop/punk ties. Within the album, we get a completely different side to the Yellowcard that we have all seen and heard. In songs like “Leave A Light On," “I’m A Wrecking Ball," and “Fields & Fences” we hear that vulnerability we love to hear from a band. “I’m A Wrecking Ball” has almost a country under-tone which is so different, but still remains sounding like the band. “Fields & Fences," my personal favorite, is truly one of those “you can get back up” ballads. So many people can relate to this song. These beautiful ballads are the perfect goodbyes to their fans. Also on the album are the single the band has been pushing the most, “The Hurt Is Gone”, and two more solid Yellowcard songs, “Empty Street," and “Savior’s Robes." These songs just scream Yellowcard, the band we all know and love, and what they stand for.
If anything, this album really is a goodbye letter. A letter to all the fans and people who have built memories from what this band has produced. Starting in October, the band will be on their final tour together. Fans will be screaming along the lyrics and this album only shows that these songs are here to stay just like every other Yellowcard album.
This goodbye album couldn’t have been a better way to say farewell. Yellowcard has filled our hearts with so many incredible things that we won’t forget, from “Ocean Avenue” to “Rest In Peace." We will love you boys forever, thank you for everything you have given us. Best wishes.
If you have a chance, don’t forget to go out and see them on tour for the last time.
Reporting by Danielle Limon Photo by Nicolette Cunningham