Yellowcard comes to NAU, Highlights Welcome Week Concert
by MacKenzie Chase
All week long, students will have access to different events that will help them meet new people and adjust to campus life before the daily grind of school begins. One such event is a free concert on campus being highlighted by Yellowcard.
This year marks the 8th annual
Welcome Week concert made possible by NAU’s own entertainment promotion company, the Student Union Network (SUN) Entertainment. Previous line-ups have included Cute Is What We Aim For, Less Than Jake, Iration and Buck-O-Nine. The bands are chosen by students who get the chance to vote for who they’d like to see in a poll.
Yellowcard is made up of singer and rhythm guitarist Ryan Key, drummer Longineau W. Parsons III (LP), and violinist and back-up vocalist Sean Mackin. Ryan Mendez is on lead guitar and vocals and Josh Portman is on the bass.
Best known for their songs “Ocean Avenue,” “Way Away” and “Only One” off of their major label debut Ocean Avenue, they’re back now with their most recent album, Southern Air.
Southern Air incorporates all of the recognizable style of the band — most notably, Mackin’s signature violin — and shows how much the band has grown since their initial surge in popularity at the same time. Several guest vocals can be heard on the song ‘Telescope.’ Alex Gaskarth from All Time Low, Tay Jardine from We Are The In Crowd and Cassadee Pope from Hey Monday each contributed some of their talent for the track.
“We had the idea of having a big choir-esque vocal section in the bridge, and someone suggested trying to get some guest vocalists to help out on it. We brainstormed and thought of some of our friends, and those three came to mind,” Mendez said.
Southern Air is also the band’s fifth album to be recorded by Neal Avron.
“He is so good at getting the best performances out of you and pushing you to be as creative as possible, while also being one of the nicest and most sincere and genuine people I’ve ever met,” Mendez said, also stating that Avron has practically become a member of the band after working together for so long.
Hopeless Records streamed the entire album on YouTube a week before the official Aug. 14 release date as a way to help build the hype.
“We’re completely confident about the quality of the album, so we figured it would only entice people to buy it even more. It gets people talking about it and that kind of buzz is good,” Mendez said. “Our fanbase is very supportive and I love reading their comments and thoughts when they hear new music.”
Fans will surely appreciate seeing them perform some new songs along with the old favorites, especially if catching their set over the summer on Warped Tour wasn’t possible.
The two opening acts are something to look forward to as well. Asher Roth, who entered the mainstream music scene with his hit single “I Love College” in 2009, has stated that he is influenced by Jay-Z and Eminem while Isrobel channels a more funk type of rock feel in their music. They had a CD release party for their second album this past Friday at the Green Room downtown.
The concert this weekend will be held on the Wall Aquatic field across from the Health and Learning Center on Saturday, Aug. 25 starting at 6 p.m. A student ID is required for entry.