Yellowcard violinist Sean Mackin was diagnosed with thyroid cancer in December 2011, and has undergone surgeries and radiation to help fight it. He's getting stronger every day and plans to perform with Yellowcard throughout the entire Warped Tour. Sean wrote a message to the band's fans, which you can read below. Yellowcard is a favorite among the AP.net community, and I personally consider Sean to be one of the most genuinely nice, and wholeheartedly optimistic, people I've met in this industry. We wish him the best of luck moving forward in his treatments, hope he finds the strength and support he needs moving forward, and pray for only the best in the coming months.
We haven't had one of Eda's awesome Bored On Sunday discussions in a while, so I figured I'd whip one up for a discussion topic on a slow-moving Sunday. My question today is, which bands that we cover on AP.net should be on the radio today? Although it seems like a distant past, it wasn't all that long ago that pop-punk bands like All Time Low, Yellowcard, Fall Out Boy and many others graced the airwaves and MTV (when MTV played music videos). I've outlined a few songs that have come out recently that I think would have been on the radio back when these types of bands were more common. Take to the replies to discuss which songs and bands you think should be on regular rotation.
Today we could not be happier to bring you the brand new single from Yellowcard. The new song is called "Always Summer" and comes from the band's upcoming full-length album due out in just a few months. You can head to the replies to stream the new song and check out the single artwork -- or it's also on the band's AP.net profile. The violin solo loudly declares it's time for the weather to get warm ... and time to turn up some Yellowcard. Enjoy!
As if you needed another reason to get excited about the new Yellowcard LP, it looks likePatrick Stump will be featured in a guest vocal spot on it as well. Violinist Sean Mackin says Yellowcard is "really throwing the kitchen sink at this one."
Got a quick update from Ryan Key from Yellowcard about the guest-vocals on the new album. Basically, the guest vocals are part of a huge group four-part harmony in the bridge of a new song. It includes Ryan, Alex from All Time Low, Cassadee Pope, and Tay from We Are The In Crowd. It's a four part harmony in the bridge, not lead vocals. Having spent some time with the band throughout the years, I feel relatively confident in saying this is the most excited I've ever heard them about a new batch of songs.
Today I'm presenting a new feature, which I'm calling Thomas & His Package. In the feature, I'm going to be reviewing the overall quality and examining the details of physical packaging, mainly of vinyl records. It's no secret vinyl has become more and more popular lately, and one of the best parts of the medium is the bigger artwork, the inserts, and everything else about beautiful packaging. However, some releases can be bare and basic. Head here to learn more about the feature and to read my first entry, where I am evaluating the Yellowcard career box set that Hopeless Records put out at the end of last year. Leave your thoughts in the replies - did you buy this box set? Is it worth...
Yellowcard is currently back on top of this year's "most anticipated of 2012" reader poll. Have you voted yet? Brand New is No. 2. Still can't get any real news on their thoughts for this year ... but I've been told they're at least thinking of recording.
While the rumblings have been going for a while, today we can confirm that Yellowcard will be releasing their latest album, When You're Through Thinking, Say Yes, with all the tracks done acoustically. The album will be hitting iTunes and Amazon tomorrow, and then physical copies will be in select indie stores starting November 1st. Of course, who likes waiting? Not us. So we're bringing you a stream of the album, right now, on the band's profile page. Check it out, enjoy, and make sure you pick it up tomorrow!