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After more than 3 million albums sold, thousands of miles traveled around the globe, and some dizzying highs and lows, an energized Yellowcard returns with their new album Paper Walls.
Yellowcard emerged from Jacksonville, Florida with a completely infectious and original blend of rock and pop that made them a sure thing to break out of the pack, but even the band could not have imagined how far.
With a string of successful indie releases, a tireless touring schedule and a steamrolling fan base the band made their Capitol Records debut with 2003's Ocean Avenue. The album was a smash, spawning huge hit singles, sold-out tours in the U.S. and abroad, an MTV Video Music Award and has sold over 2.5 million copies worldwide. 2006's gold-certified Lights and Sounds - a more expansive and harder-edged album - was released to rave reviews, showcasing the band's diversity as songwriters.
Drawing from both the universal, buoyant, hook-filled style of Ocean Avenue and the tougher edges of Lights and Sounds, Paper Walls takes it all a step further with an energized, anthemic and forward-looking set of songs. The album was produced by Neal Avron, who produced the band's previous two albums, and also marks the recording debut of guitarist Ryan Mendez, who joined the group during the Lights and Sounds tour.
The album title Paper Walls comes from the song of the same name, which begins "Let's burn a hole so we can climb out of these paper walls in this empty house." It's a reference to the barriers that built up between the band members over the years and everyone's desire to tear down the obstacles and heal old scars.
Call it a rebirth, a reinvention or even an epiphany, there's no question that the album is a genuine expression of renewal and hope. "At the end of the day, there's a collaborative energy again, that feeling of what Yellowcard was in the beginning when we didn't have the distance that success created," Key says. "We feel like we're the luckiest guys in the world to still be able to do this, and I think that shows."