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Single Review: Yellowcard – ‘Always Summer’

BY THOMAS NASSIFF

Yellowcard premiered its new single Monday  (5/21/12) on AbsolutePunk.net. The Jacksonville natives have released five studio albums with their current lineup, the most recent being When You’re Through Thinking, Say Yes via Hopeless Records last year. The new song, “Always Summer,” comes from an as-yet-untitled new record that should come out in early August via Hopeless.

Stream the song here: http://www.absolutepunk.net/showthread.php?t=2754702

If you like it, buy it here: http://itunes.apple.com/us/album/always-summer-single/id525582205?ign-mpt=uo%3D4

The song is basically an essential Yellowcard track. Taking most after the group’s 2003 smash Ocean Avenue, “Always Summer” features, well, summery vibes and loud pop-punk guitars. The verses are catchy and lead into a soaring chorus with Ryan Key’s vocals and Longineu Parsons’ drum fills – at the end of the day, it’s something we’ve all heard before, but something we’re all mostly willing to listen to for days on end.

The best part of the song is undoubtedly Sean Mackin’s violin solo – yes, a full-on solo – that simply shreds throughout the bridge. This is a track to play loud, windows down, driving fast; you know, all your typical pop-punk clichés.

Yellowcard has always done a great job of repeating a similar style throughout its career without ever getting dry or droning on. While many bands feel a pressure to adapt or change as they get older, Yellowcard has come back from its two-year hiatus to put out a very successful LP and now another well-executed single. LP No. 6 is sure to be an anticipated one when it drops in August.

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