Friday started out with some happy Yellowcard news: They're back with a new single, "Rest in Peace!" Then Friday quickly devolved into some unhappy Yellowcard news: The band will soon rest in actual peace, announcing that they're breaking up after their Sept. 30 self-titled album and a farewell tour.
The four-piece was born in Florida in 1997 and dropped its abominably named debut album Midget Tossing that same year. Lift a Sail, their ninth album, dropped in October 2014. Read Yellowcard's breakup statement below:
Read Yellowcard's breakup statement below:
“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”
Check out Yellowcard's farewell tour dates, then remember happier days with Fuse's 2014 Warped Tour interview.