The lights and sounds of Yellowcard
Posted April 28, 2006
Rhiannon Mim
Yellowcard performed April 19 at Cal Poly Pomona as part of the Virgin College MegaTour. This Florida band just released its third album, “Lights and Sounds.” Vocalist/guitarist Ryan Key and bassist Pete Mosely rock out to the song “Life of a Salesman,” featured on their hit album “Ocean Avenue.”

Strong instrumentals pounded like a second heartbeat through anxious chests as the lights dimmed, and the double platinum selling band Yellowcard entered the stage.

Cal Poly Pomona hosted the band in the Kellogg Gym on April 19 as part of the Virgin College MegaTour for Yellowcard’s new album “Lights and Sounds.”

Scores of people crammed into the gym to hear the alternative sounds of this ever-popular band and to steal a chance of making it in the mosh pit.

“It’s fun to dance to,” said James Desrochers, a sophomore psychology major at Cal Poly Pomona.
“You can hear the words and you know what they’re saying,” Desrochers said.

Unlike some other alternative bands, Yellowcard’s decipherable lyrics are easy to hear during their concerts.

According to some fans, this is what makes them standout.
Along with its pronunciation, Yellowcard is also famous for its electric violinist Sean Mackin.

It is one of the only alternative bands that has a violinist and this is something that the crowd goes wild over.

Every violin solo at the concert was accompanied by screams of excitement from adoring fans.

The energy that night was phenomenal; fans were elated by the rumbling vibrations of the music and by the overall vibe of the crowd.

“Everyone that goes to a Yellowcard concert is always really cool,” said Aaron Roman, a junior political science major at Cal Poly.

“The crowd flows to the music,” he added.

Crowd surfing became the transportation of choice at the concert; security guards helpfully plucked audience members from the masses as fans teetered through the crowd on helping hands.

Ryan Key, the band’s lead singer, was extremely interactive with the fully-engaged audience.

At one point he even instructed the crowd on how to make a circle pit.
“It’s time to bring the walls down,” he said.

He would frequently communicate with the audience by giving background on the band’s songs or just pumping everyone up.

Since many of the fans in the audience had followed the band since their days at smaller local venues like Glasshouse, Yellowcard incorporated some oldies but goodies like “October Nights” into their set.

They performed many tracks off their popular album “Ocean Avenue” along with some newer material from their recently released album “Lights and Sounds.”

“I’ve been a fan since 2000,” said David Avaloz, a junior from Cal Poly. “I like their voices and their sound.”

Whether someone has followed Yellowcard from their early beginnings in Jacksonville, Fla., or has just recently discovered them on MTV, their attraction to the music is similar.

Although some fans have accused the band of selling out to a major label and changing its sound from hard core to pop punk; many still stick around because of the sheer passion they have for the music.

Loud cries and squeals of joy protruded from masses as Yellowcard classically ended its set with its most famous song, “Ocean Avenue.”

The lights dimmed and the crowds drifted out into the night with an overall vibe of satisfaction.

Another concert laid to rest.

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