All photos by Joe Ortega
Oh, Yellowcard. Just when we thought we were over Motion City Soundtrack and Man Overboard breaking up, the long-time, violin-friendly outfit known for their days out on “Ocean Avenue” just had to re-open those wounds by announcing their own departure from the scene they helped put on the map.
Then, as if that wasn’t excruciating enough, the pop-rock act decided to leave with one last parting gift – their extremely emotional and impassioned self-titled album. Seriously, if you didn’t listen to that thing with a couple tears in your eyes, you probably don’t have a soul (or just some strange disdain for violins).
Regardless of whether or not you followed the talented band throughout their storied 20-year career, it’s hard not to appreciate the impression Yellowcard left on our community. They were never the loudest, the heaviest or the poppiest, yet the Jacksonville crew was still able to accomplish plenty making a name for themselves with their consistent professionalism and innate ability to write some of the mid-2000′s biggest tracks.
So with that all said, join us in saying goodbye to Ryan Key, Sean Mackin, Ryan Mendez and Josh Portman one last time as we take a look through our pal Joe Ortega’s (yes, the same Joe Ortega who helped you explore 15 years of The Used) recent shots at Yellowcard’s farewell tour. And no, we’re not crying, you’re crying.