For nearly two decades, Yellowcard has been a staple of the alt/punk scene.
The band, whose 2003 album Ocean Avenue propelled them to main stages at Warped Tour and a higher profile than ever before, announced one final album and tour on Friday, in addition to issuing a farewell statement. A new song, the appropriately titled Rest in Peace, was also premiered with a video featuring footage from their career:
As for the statement…
Putting this into words hasn’t been easy. When saying farewell, it is hard to know where to start, especially when there are so many reasons not to say it, but the time has come to share this news. After countless discussions and months of thought, we have decided that it is time for Yellowcard to come to an end. This will be our last album and our final world tour.
The decision was an incredibly difficult one for us to make. We considered so many things – our families, our health, our future endeavors. In the end we realized that this was the right time to step away and preserve the legacy and integrity of the band. It is with you, the fans in mind, that this decision was made. We wanted to have the chance to share our farewell with as many fans around the world as we could, and now is the right time to do just that.
We went into this record knowing it would be the last, which is why we chose to have Ryan Key and Ryan Mendez produce it. The motivation behind this was to make sure these songs came from a place that was deeply rooted in us. We wanted to push ourselves to create a lasting finale for this incredible story on our own. It is also why we chose to self-title the album. We were lucky to still have our friend and mentor, Neal Avron, on board as Executive Producer and mixer and we’ve made one of the strongest records of our career and a fitting final creative piece.
Once this final chapter for Yellowcard comes to a close, we will all be heading in new directions in our lives, but these memories will never leave us. We can only hope that the memories we have made together with you will stay in your hearts as well. You have stood by us through all of the highs and lows on this unbelievable journey.
We will be forever grateful to Yellowcard fans all over the world for the opportunities you have given us. We have played shows for nearly two decades on six continents, and had the chance to keep recording the music we love year after year. While it is with sadness that we say goodbye, it is with gratitude and amazement that we look back on a career we can be proud of, and were so very lucky to have had.
Please come and join us on our last trip around the globe. We hope to share this final record and tour with each and every one of you.
“I won’t be with you, but I won’t be far away and this is goodbye.”
-Ryan, Sean, Ryan, and Josh
Here’s their music video for 2003’s Ocean Avenue, which was a breakout hit for the band:
YC will be part of this summer’s Van’s Warped Tour, which kicks off today, June 24, in Dallas and runs throughout the next few months. After that, the band will head out on a headlining tour, giving fans one last chance to catch them live. Here are all of Yellowcard’s remaining dates, with the headlining run starting in October: