15th November 2012
2. Surface Of The Sun
3. Always Summer
4. Here I Am Alive
5. Sleep In The Snow
6. A Vicious Kind
8. Rivertown Blues
10. Southern Air
In 2008 after 11 years together, Yellowcard announced that the band would be going on hiatus due to personal situations. Fans hearts were torn, as the 2008 tour was cancelled and unaware of how long Yellowcard would be away for. Sure enough, wounds were healed quickly as 2 years later the band announced via their official Facebook page that they would be getting back together and writing a new album. Now in 2012 the band are releasing their 8th studio album ‘Southern Air’.
Immediately from listening to the first track ‘Awakening’ you’re thrown in to old school anthemic Yellowcard, and get an instant flush of feel good pop-punk wash over you. You’re carried on through the whole album in a feeling of a warm summers breeze, just as the album cover anticipates.
‘Surface Of The Sun’ and ‘Always Summer’ continue with constant rhythmic guitar work from Ryan Mendez, alongside the energetic drum work from Longineu Parsons. ‘Here I Am Alive’ is one of my favourites as it contains Sean Mackin with his intense classical sound on the violin. There are also a couple of ballads on the album with tracks such as ‘Telescope’, which was written as a memorial to Ryan’s Aunt Stephanie, one of Yellowcard’s biggest fans right from the start.
What I love about this album is that it is a continuation of the band themselves. They might have taken a break for a while but are back with more confidence and energy, and a sound that stays true to their original roots but with a touch of something new. It’s quite simply a breath of fresh air.
“This record has such an overwhelming sense of self awareness and positive energy that I credit completely to my ability to reconnect with my Southern roots,” Ryan explains. “The title, along with much of the lyrical content, takes me to Georgia State Highway 316, or A1A through Neptune Beach, FL, where I am driving with the windows down belting the words along to my favorite songs. I feel like a lot of the album is saying thank you to my family, friends, and fans, for supporting us all of these years.”