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:
- Call-Back: Possibly in "Life of Leaving Home" to Lights and Sounds."Every song was a snapshot of my life"
"Do you remember when I said you were my only one?"
- Also, "With You Around" to "Only One"
- Central Theme:
- Paper Walls: What do you do when you hit rock bottom?
- Yellowcard: Saying goodbye.
- 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 featured a completely different lineup and the music was hardcore rather than punk-pop. They were literally a completely different band in all but name.
- Fond Memories That Could Have Been: "Ten", about the narrator pondering about how his life would be different if his girlfriend had not had a miscarriage. The title comes from how old the child would be if they had been born.
- Grand Finale: Their final album, simply titled Yellowcard, was written to be the band's final one. Every song on it was written as a way to say goodbye.
- "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: Violinist 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".
- Long Title: The album When You're Through Thinking, Say Yes.
- Love Nostalgia Song: "One Year, Six Months" appears to be one, the singer apparently meeting with an ex-lover who has forgotten him.
- 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 to pop-punk. Lights and Sounds is a milder example, going from pop-punk to alternative. Lift a Sail had a slower, arena rock sound.
- 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..."
- Surprisingly Gentle Song: At least once an album. "One Year Six Months", "How I Go", "Dear Bobbie", "Hang You Up", "Ten", "California", "Wrecking Ball", and "Fields and Fences".
- 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", fitting the trope by, well, two weeks.
- We Used to Be Friends: A recurring theme.