When I was 12 years old, my sister had an album called Ocean Avenue. I remember hearing this song on MTV at the time (TRL was still a thing), and I remember falling in love with the song. This persuaded me to convince my parents to buy the album. Hearing songs Like “Way Away”, “Empty Apartment”, and “Only One” really defined my teenage years along with bands like Blink-182, New Found Glory, and Sum 41. This band was called Yellowcard, and it forever changed my perception on music.
I was attending Serrano Middle School when the album first came out. I had the whole album in constant replay while listening to other albums like Blink-182 take off your pants and Kacket and New Found Glorys “Sticks and Stones”. I found a strong gravitation towards Ocean Avenue because of how relatable the lyric were. “View From Heaven” struck a cord because around that time I lost my aunt while “Life as a Salesman” reminded me of my father and how he wants me to become the same man as he. The whole album was so important to me, it made me appreciate what I had and the band for making just powerful and inspiring music.
I continued to Still listen to them during the Lights and Sound Cycle. but after a while, I started to loose sight of them. There were other bands that started t make a huge impact like Fall Out Boy and My Chemical Romance that I was paying more attention to. Unfortunately Yellowcard fell under the radar for me. I didn’t realized they released Paper Walls, or even had any new music coming. I confess, I became one of those people who said “wait, Yellowcard is still a band?” The they went on Hiatus after 2008, thinking okay they are done.
It wasn’t until 2012 when It was the first time I finally saw them at Warped Tour (Still my favorite Warped Tour). It was a I imagined: great guitar sounds, amazing drumming, and a crowd that sang along to every word. This show followed up with a tour they had with The Wonder Years and We are The In Crowd in 2012. This brought me back to my teenage years, but now as an adult, I can appreciate the band more than ever. Listening to maturing lyrics, they mean more to me than ever before.Such a strong performance could not be followed up, but it did. In 2013, to celebrate the 10 year anniversary of their first mainstream album, the band announced Ocean Avenue Acoustic tour. The band played all of Ocean Avenue with acoustic guitars along with a remade album. They played a 2 hour show with 2 sets. It was fantastic, and one that I have nostalgic for.
I, like many of us was devastated when Yellowcard announced there break-up. To me, it felt like a childhood coming to an end, and the first steps of maturing and growing up. Music has always been an escape to the reallitys of adulthood, and listening to bands like these always brings me back to a time when paying bills wasn’t a life or death situation. It was like my childhood was coming to an end, but then I realize that its not. I may not know they reason why The were calling it quits, but what I did know was this: Its time to move on and celebrate what the band has accomplished throughout its 20 years.
I was albe to see them on two of there farewell shows, both of them in Santa Ana. Those shows was a reminder of why I loved the band in the first place and for me, everything went to full circle. The teenager inside me came out, as I sang my heart out to every song on there catalogue they played. I never left a show so happy in my life, and this feeling of sadness I had became a feeling of joy. I was very fortunate to see them at least 6 times. Wether it was an acoustic show, or a co- headlining tour with New Found Glory, I was privileged to see them as much as I did.
So as a fan of 15 years, I just want to say Thank You Yellowcard. Your guys may be gone, but your music will last forever.
You are my Only, my Only One. ❤