If you thought Yellowcard went all out in the past two years by releasing two albums, fasten your seat belt -- the band is on the road and planning to play more than 300 shows this year as a way to connect in a big way with fans.
Credit the three-year hiatus the band took for recharging the artistic batteries of its members. That's especially great news for fans who fretted in 2008, when the bandmates' announcement of an "indefinite hiatus" seemed like shorthand for "breakup." Nope, not happening.
"When we came back in 2011, it was just so exciting and so fun after almost three years away," said violin player Sean Mackin. "The resurgence of fans was just great."
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So just what made the band take a step back after all the hard charging they did that earned them critical and popular kudos and plenty of critics calling them the next big thing? Well, Yellowcard members were only in their early 20s when they hit the big time in 2003, with the release of the explosive rock album "Ocean Avenue." In a way, that album was prophetic because the members were soon drowning in work, expectations and details. Add to that some deep lows, including guitarist Ben Harper's departure, lead vocalist Ryan Key's vocal surgery and two albums that were commercial disappointments.
The most palatable solution, Key said, was for the members to literally get out of town and leave "all the craziness here that will eat you alive" behind for a while.
But once the band came back with the 2011 release of "When You're Through Thinking, Say Yes" and the 2012 album "Southern Air," it had a new vitality and energy, said Mackin. Band members had spent time during the hiatus writing, experimenting with music and just getting their mojo back.
"When we took the hiatus, we had been together about eight years," said Mackin. "When we got back together, all the pieces of the puzzle fit together again. We enjoyed writing songs together, playing together. Recording "Southern Air" was the closest we had come to recording 'Ocean Avenue.' Now we're ready to roll up our sleeves and play 300 shows and get everyone back into the Yellowcard circus."