Yellowcard rocked St Louis again at the Pageant on November 4, kicking off their tour with Less Than Jake and Fall Out Boy. At first glance, these guys seem a bit young, but don't be fooled; they really know how to rock. Performing songs off their newest release, Ocean Avenue [Capitol Records], Yellowcard has shown considerable musical and personal growth since the release of the Underdog EP [Fueled By Ramen] in 2002. Their evolution is particularly evident in songs like "Breathing" and "Way Away."
Judging from the Pageant's packed showroom, Yellowcard's appeal is on the rise. Frontman Ryan Key got the crowd going from the start and kept up the frenzy throughout the set. But the real energy behind the band is in Longineu Parson's drumming. It's a sad fact that drummers are often disregarded, but you've really got to pay Parson some attention - especially in tunes like "View From Heaven." Nevertheless, what most distinguishes Yellowcard from the pop punk genre is Sean Mackin's awesome violin, which can be heard winding throughout their songs. That violin makes the Yellowcard sound what it is and fully justifies laying down your money for Ocean Avenue --in stores now!