Yellowcard Bio

“Thank you for everything”

Yellowcard is American pop punk band that formed in Jacksonville, Florida back in 1997 and then Los Angeles starting in 2000. The band got its name from a phrase its members in high school: whenever somebody did something stupid at a party, such as spilling a beer on the carpet, they cited soccer rules and gave the offender a “yellow card” for committing a “party foul.”

The original lineup featured Ben Dobson on vocals, Todd Clary on guitar and vocals, Ben Harper on guitar, Warren Cooke on bass, and Longineu Parsons III on drums. Ryan Key appeared as a guest, on background vocals, as did violinist Sean Wellman aka Sean Mackin.

They recorded their first album, Midget Tossing, at the Music Factory in Jacksonville Beach with Michael Ray FitzGerald at the board. Where We Stand, Yellowcard’s second album, featured the same lineup as Midget Tossing, and Mackin was brought in for more songs. Soon, the band fired Dobson and replaced him with former guest vocalist Key. This changed the band’s style from hardcore punk to pop punk.

In early 2000, the band recorded the Still Standing EP. Soon after Still Standing EP was released, Todd Clary left the band. Key then filled both Clary’s and Dobson’s duties, guitar and vocals respectively. After sending the new EP to friend Steve Lubarsky at Lobster Records, the band signed its first recording contract in June 2000 and in November headed west to Camarillo, California, to begin working on another full-length album.

The group released its third album, One for the Kids (Lobster Records), in 2001 and followed up with The Underdog EP (Fueled by Ramen Records) in 2002. Both of these were well received by fans. However, soon after The Underdog EP was released, Warren Cooke left for personal reasons on July 16, 2002. The band then asked Pete Mosely from Inspection 12, to play bass and joined the band four days later.

Since beginning, Yellowcard have released ten studio albums, with its most recent and final one, Yellowcard, released on September 30, 2016. They played their final show on March 25, 2017, at the House of Bluesin Anaheim, California.