Yellowcard’s Ryan Key excited for new album
Interview by Thomas Steinhagen
Despite releasing their latest album, Southern Air, and non-stop touring until December, Yellowcard frontman Ryan Key sat down with KJACK DJ Thomas Steinhagen (better known to his fans as Thomas McCall.)
Thomas McCall: Yeah, it’s been a long trip for you guys. You guys have been touring in Europe for, what is it, a few weeks, now?
Ryan Key: I think it only about two and a half weeks, but with all that traveling, to get there and get home, it feels longer than that. You know, when you do the international stuff. So, we haven’t stopped since we landed in Salt Lake City on the thirteenth of June, which was the day before rehearsal for Warped Tour this summer, so, it’s been a pretty long run. So, after tonight, we have about 10 days off, which is a glorious thing.
TM: I want to talk about your new album, Southern Air. I did some research and I saw people from AP [Alternative Press] were saying this album is probably the best thing since you came out with Ocean Avenue. How do you guys feel about that?
RK: I mean, it’s overwhelming, really. You know, we felt like when making Southern Air that it had some potential to be something really special and came out of the recording process saying, “You know, this might be the best record we’ve ever made.” But, when people start saying that in the press and fans start commenting on the record, you know, and telling you that it is the best record you ever made, it makes you feel better about having those thoughts. It’s just amazing how the energy around it has been so positive from the start; from writing and recording, to now releasing it and receiving reviews. So, to be able to accomplish this twelve years into our career as a touring band, it’s pretty phenomenal; and doesn’t happen very often, I don’t think. I posted a thing on Facebook just the other day when we found out that the record had made the top ten on the Billboard charts. You know, I can’t imagine how small the percentage of people who get one top ten record in their life as an artist or a songwriter, much less two, which we’ve had now. So, it’s amazing and we feel like the band is back on an upward swing and Southern Air is just another part of that.
TM: Now, one of the reviews that just came out, I thought it was absolutely hilarious, saying that, “You guys are a little like a peanut butter and jelly sandwich. Sure, you could always go out there and get a loaded BLT, but when all else fails, you always have that slice of Americana readily available; and it’s taste never goes out of date.” So, how do you feel about being related to a peanut butter and jelly sandwich? [laughs]
RK: Well, I mean, I think what they’re trying to say is just that it’s comforting to know that you get what you want when you listen to Yellowcard. You know, I think that’s an accurate description of what we do and we never want to close ourselves off from expanding or maturing or growing as songwriters, but we’re not trying to reinvent the wheel. We love what we do and, at this point in our career, we know how to do it well. So, we’ve really honed in on our talents as songwriters and as a band. We’re really just trying to move forward with those.
TM: Well, thanks so much. I’m really excited to see you guys on tour when you come back in November.
RK: Cool, thanks for having me. Hopefully we won’t get washed out.