Music / Yellowcard

Yellowcard is an L.A.-based Punk Pop band who formed in 1996 and voluntarily disbanded in 2016. They are best known for their inclusion of a professional violinist in their lineup.

This band contains examples of:

  • Atrocious Alias: Holly Wood? Really?
  • Call-Back: Possibly in "Life of Leaving Home" to Lights and Sounds.
    "Every song was a snapshot of my life"
    • Also, "With You Around" to "Only One"
    "Do you remember when I said you were my only one?"
  • Driven to Dual Suicide: "You and Me and One Spotlight" may be one of the most beautiful examples of this trope ever.
  • Early Installment Weirdness: Their first two albums were hardcore, rather than punk-pop, and they sound very different from everything else they've done. Most of their current fans don't consider the albums to be made by the same band.
    • To be fair, very few of the original members remained once they broke in to the mainstream so they literally were a different band.
  • "Groundhog Day" Loop: The music video for "Ocean Avenue" finds the lead singer having to suffer some terrible fates, each one forcing him to repeat the same day, until he gets it right, in a similar reference to the German film Run, Lola, Run.
  • Harsh Vocals: Most prominently in "Way Away".
  • I Am the Band: Viloinist Sean Mackin is the member to be in the band since the beginning. Ryan Key was also a founding member, but quit before their debut album was released before returning.
  • Let's Duet: "How I Go".
  • Lyrical Dissonance: Often, particularly in "View From Heaven".
  • Mohs Scale of Rock and Metal Hardness: Typically between 2 ("One Year, Six Months", "Ten") and 6 ("Way Away", "Breathing").
  • New Sound Album: One for the Kids, their third album, completely changes their genre. "Lights and Sounds" is a milder example.
  • Pop Punk/Punk Rock: They get put into these groups a lot, but have said on occasion that they don't feel "punk" is an accurate description of their musical styles and prefer to put themselves closer to Alternative Rock.
  • Punk Opera: The album Lights and Sounds tells the story of a girl named Holly Wood and her experiences in Los Angeles.
  • Refrain from Assuming: "One Year Six Months", "Martin Sheen or JFK", "Ocean Avenue", either of the Holly Wood songs... basically, a good idea with this band.
  • Revolving Door Band: In particular, they have a lot of trouble holding onto bassists. Their first two albums, released in 1997 and 1999, are the only albums to feature their original lineup; since then, Lights and Sounds (2006) and Paper Walls (2007) are the only other albums to feature all the same band members twice in a row.
  • Studio Chatter: At the beginning of "Rough Draft", Ryan can be heard faintly saying, "One, two, three, four..."
  • Take That!: During their tour to promote Ocean Avenue, Ryan would boast a baseball hat which read "Not My President" before the band played "Believe," their tribute to the victims of 9/11.
  • Teenage Death Songs: "Two Weeks From Twenty", just barely fitting the trope.