Yellowcard is an American alternative rock band formed in 1997 based in LA in California. Although not being an extremely well-known band, they are best known for their use of violin melodies in their music. This unusual addition gives their songs a feeling of traditional folk mixed with rock.
One of the best things about Yellowcard for me is that their lyrics tell a story, but with a melody attached. Unlike most popular songs from this generation, which are only about getting wasted, sleeping with anyone, or swearing pointlessly, each Yellowcard song is carefully crafted to an emotion or memory.
Some of my favourite songs would be Believe, Life of a Salesman or How I Go.
Believe is about being strong, and believing. It’s a song to listen to when all hope is gone, just to make you remember everything will be OK. It’s about the 9/11 attacks and how people risked their lives to save other people. My favourite lyrics of the song would be, “Everything is going to be alright, be strong, believe.”
Life of a Salesman is about a son wanting to be like his father when he grows up. It’s about a son who promises to stay the same and always believe in his dad. It’s a great song with a fast beat and a great tune which sticks in your head.
Ever seen the film Big Fish, about a father who loves stories and a son who forgot how to listen to them? How I Go is a song believed to be bases around that film. It’s put in the perspective of the father,who sings about all the magical adventures he’s been on. My favourite line from this song is,”Son I am not everything you thought that I would be, but every story I have told is part of me.”
The song is sang as a duet with harmonies intertwined with the original melody throughout the song.
Although not being a well known band, I’d highly recommend anyone going to listen to them. Even if it’s not your cup of tea, at least give them a try. Their official website is www.yellowcardrock.com, they also have a FaceBook page (because let’s face it, these days, who DOESN’T have a FaceBook page?!) which you can look up too.
Happy Listening (: