When Yellowcard returned from their hiatus to release last year’s When You’re Through Thinking, Say Yes, it felt like a celebration of everything that made the band special in the first place. Catchy hooks, fast-paced pop-punk rockers, a few slow-down, belt-it-out anthems, and a good dose of nostalgia were all thrown into the mix, culminating in the album that Yellowcard fans needed (and wanted) to hear. Quite often, in even the best-case scenarios, reunions end right there.
Emo-rock stalwarts Yellowcard have been building toward a more mature, nuanced sound over the course of their past few releases, and the band continues this trend with 2012's Southern Air. Coming up on 15 years since they first started playing, Yellowcard are clearly at the point in their lives when teenage ambitions have long since given way to adult realizations. In that sense, while Yellowcard's songs still retain the youthful, emo-rock enthusiasm and catchy melodicism that marked the best of their earlier work, there is a weightiness and expansive gaze to many of the songs on Southern Air.
‘Southern Air’ is an accomplished record packed with positive pop-punk vibes and a refreshing energy fuelled by the passion and experience of this American quintet. Built on the solid foundations of their career to date, Yellowcard’s eighth full-length offering sees them deliver an equally well-rounded and truly delightful album. Incase you happened to think otherwise, opening track ‘Awakening’ ignites the sound of fierce conviction, before ‘The Surface Of The Sun’ really captures everything that’s great about this powerful five-piece.