The Return of Yellowcard

By Hardeep Sahota,

Is there a certain band, CD or song you hear that brings you back to a special time in your life?

For me, the band Yellowcard always takes me to some wonderful places – a peaceful stroll through the past.

Music took a backseat for me when Yellowcard decided to take a break in 2007. Having talked to the band members, it seemed as if this was more than a break. It seemed to be the end.

However, after three long years, the band, whose songs I can recognize with one strum of a chord, rejoined on Saturday, November 13, at The Glasshouse in Pomona. The show was sold out, bringing together fans who were all left with emptiness when the band parted ways.

Having sold millions of records, Yellowcard didn’t miss a beat, charging the stage with hits such as “Lights and Sounds,” “Way Away,” “Ocean Avenue,” “Rough Landing, Holly” and “Light Up The Sky.”

If you ask my friends what they think of when they hear a Yellowcard song, they will say they think of me. So, it isn’t surprising to them that I took that 7-hour drive from Sacramento to Pomona.

Heading out to dinner with the band before the show, you could sense the excitement in lead singer Ryan Key’s eyes. You could see the extra bounce in violinist Sean Mackin’s step, thinking that maybe we may see a back flip that he made famous in the early days.

Fans lined up early for the show. Key continuously thanked the crowd for the support, mentioning that there were fans from the East coast who made the trip, as well as fans from overseas.

The band also threw out a few surprises for the crowd by debuting a new song and revealing the new album title. The album, “When You’re Through Thinking, Say Yes,” is slated for a March 2011 release. The new song, “For You and Your Denial,” has the same energetic Yellowcard sound that fans have been accustomed to hearing.

Yellowcard has become more than just music for me. The music has become a scrapbook of a big chunk of my life.

I will always remember the day my friend introduced me to “One For The Kids,” Yellowcard’s first album. Songs like “October Nights” and “Cigarette” take me back to my early college days. When the band’s sophomore album, “Ocean Avenue” came out, I was finishing up college.

The great part is that, as a teacher, I’m able to share this music with my students. It’s safe to say they enjoy it just as much as I do.

For now, the band is thrilled to being back to what they love to do. As for me, I am just as thrilled that my scrapbook continues to grow. See you on the road.

About Jimmy Spencer

Jimmy Spencer has extensive experience in journalism and new media. As the founding editor of, Spencer combines his writing, reporting and editing skills to produce a "pretty good site about midtown." During the day, Spencer covers government and also covers the NBA. At night, he watches T.V. and plays on the Internet. Every now and then, he walks around his midtown neighborhood. Spencer began his professional journalism career with The Sacramento Bee, finishing his tenure with the McClatchy-owned newspaper in the new media department. Spencer moved to Connecticut where he continued his growth in new media as a writer/content producer for NBC Sports. Spencer also worked in media relations with the Sacramento River Cats, Minor League Baseball Triple-A affiliate of the Oakland A’s. Spencer graduated with a Bachelor of Arts degree in journalism from California State University, Sacramento where he served as Editor-in-Chief of The State Hornet campus newspaper. Spencer was raised in Marin County and currently lives in Sacramento, Calif. Spencer works in the community as a high school basketball coach in the Sacramento area.


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