Obsessxns Review of WRK’s EP, Thirteen

After the bittersweet breakup of Yellowcard after 17 years of rejoicing to their nostalgic and peachy yet gloomy anthems, singer William Ryan Key went back to doing what he does best: writing anthemic, poppy hits for the world to enjoy.

I ended up supporting Key’s crowd-funding project for Lone Tree Recordings which was independently released through that label. The first track, “Old Friends,” almost feels like a continuation of where Yellowcard left off with their self-titled release. Its slower, mellow sound feels very much like “Fields & Fences,” which I thought was nearly southern folk-rock at its peak.

Much of the other tracks feel like a diary from Key. While “Vultures” may be an instant pop hit, “Form and Figure” is honest, vulnerable, and sensational. “Thirty Days” blends in with “Old Friends,” the first track on the record. My personal favorite is “Great Unknown,” which, if I didn’t know better, I would’ve thought was a Yellowcard outtake.

A lot of Yellowcard fans listening to this will either be wildly impressed or mildly disappointed. Obviously these tracks are acoustic, so if you’re looking for something that sounds exactly like Yellowcard, you might want to stray away and keep making those “new Fall Out Boy sucks” jokes. Thirteen is a magnificent transition into a new chapter in William Ryan Key’s career. It might not be the most satisfying album, but it works. If it is in your taste, it could be your new favorite record.

Rating: 7.5/10

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Ryan Key’s Brand New EP, Thirteen, Coming Out May 25th!

The day has finally arrived and if you haven’t already heard the news – Ryan Key’s new EP, Thirteen, will officially be released May 25th. Down below you can see the two different preorders you can grab along with some personal words from Ryan regarding the EP:

Hey everyone! I am so happy to announce the release of my first EP, ‘Thirteen’! Being the first music I have written on my own, this is a really exciting time. It took me a while to find the direction and sound I was looking for, but once I did, the music felt like coming home. The EP will be available May 25th, but you can pre order a signed copy now (https://www.williamryankey.com/store/). I hope everyone enjoys these new songs as much as I enjoyed writing an recording them. I am looking forward to seeing you all out on the road this year! Thank you as always for your incredible support.


Normandie w/ Ryan Key: Fall Tour Tickets & Dates


This just officially announced: If you didn’t know already Ryan Key will be joining Normandie on their fall tour in Europe, you can check out all the dates right down  below as well as links to purchase your tickets today!


11/28/17 Paris Backstage France
11/29/17 Antwerp Kavka Belgium
11/30/17 Haarlem Patronaat Z3 Netherlands
12/02/17 Cologne MTC Germany
12/03/17 Hamburg Headcrash Germany
12/04/17 Berlin Musik & Frieden Germany
12/06/17 Cardiff Clwb Ifor Bach United Kingdom
12/07/17 London Boston Music Room United Kingdom
12/09/17 Southampton Joiners United Kingdom
12/10/17 Nottingham The Bodega United Kingdom
12/11/17 Birmingham O2 Academy United Kingdom
12/13/17 Manchester Sound Control United Kingdom
12/14/17 Bristol The Attic United Kingdom
12/15/17 Newcastle Think Tank United Kingdom