The Alternative-Rock Punk-Pop act Yellowcard was first formed in 1997 in Jacksonville, Florida USA, releasing a couple of indie albums "Midget Tossing" and "Where We Stand", but quickly made some line-up changes. After relocating to Southern California, the band finally coalesced as a stable group comprised of lead vocalist + guitarist Ryan Key, violinist + vocalist Sean Mackin, guitarist Benjamin Harper, bassist Warren Cooke and drummer Longineu Parsons III.
Their third album, "One For The Kids", arrived in May 2001 on Lobster Records and a year later the quintet followed it up with the 5-track EP "The Underdog", released through Fueled By Ramen Records; both releases received favorable reviews and genuine buzz.
In 2003, after a line-up change that saw the departure of Cooke and the addition of bass player Pete Mosely, the band was picked-up by Capitol Records who released their first major-label album, "Ocean Avenue". That summer, it peaked at #23 on The Billboard Top 200 and the first single, "Way Away", cracked the top 30 of The Modern Rock chart; a follow-up single, the album's title cut, proved to be just as successful, as it peaked at #37 on The Billboard Hot 100 and at #21 on The Modern Rock Tracks; a further single, "Only One", hit #15 on The Modern Rock chart and helped their album go platinum. In addition concert tickets became a hot item, as Yellowcard toured with bands including Less Than Jake and Something Corporate.
The Florida alt-Rock band released its fifth album, "Lights And Sounds", in January 2006; the CD shot to #5 on The Billboard 200, soared to #4 on the Canadian Albums chart and climbed into the top 10 in Australia. The title-track grabbed a #4 spot on The Modern Rock chart and the follow-up single, "Rough Landing, Holly", reached the #27 position on the same chart.
In July 2007 Yellowcard released its third Capitol album, "Paper Walls"; the disc marked the recording debut of guitarist Ryan Mendez, who joined the band after original guitarist Benjamin Harper left. Though the CD charted at #13 on the U.S. Billboard 200 Albums list, it failed to achieve gold status and generated only one Adut Top 40 radio single, "Light Up The Sky".
Returning to their pre-major label indie beginnings, Yellowcard signed
with Hopeless Records for their next studio album, "When You're Through
Thinking Say Yes"; joined by longtime friend of the band bassist
Sean O'Donnell who replaced Mosely, the quintet's seventh studio offering arrived
in March 2011 peaking at #19 on The Billboard 200; the 10-song set included the single "For You And
Your Denial" which debuted at #100 on The Billboard Hot 100.
O'Donnell was fired during the album's supporting tour; he was succeeded by bass player Josh Portman
August 2012 saw the release of "Southern Air", this album crested at #10 on The Billboard 200.