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Punk-pop quintet Yellowcard formed in Jacksonville, FL, in 1997 but didn't harden their lineup until a move to Southern California in early 2000. Consisting of vocalist/guitarist Ryan Key, vocalist/violinist Sean Mackin, guitarist Ben Harper, drummer Longineu Parsons, and bassist Alex Lewis, the band officially debuted on wax in 2001 with One for the Kids (Lobster), and returned a year later with the Underdog EP for Fueled by Ramen. 2003 was a really big year for the group because it saw them signing with Capitol, issuing Ocean Avenue on the label, and heading out for a series of Warped Tour dates. Fall and winter found Yellowcard hitting clubs with acts like Matchbook Romance and Less Than Jake. In late March 2004, Ocean Avenue was certified gold by the RIAA as the album title track continued to impact MTV and Top 40 radio. Ocean Avenue, Yellowcard's debut for Capitol Records, was produced by Neal Avron and mixed by Tom-Lord-Alge. On the album, themes of self-empowerment and self-awareness disclose themselves throughout the 13 songs on tracks like "Believe" and "Inside Out." And there is a noticeable lack of irony or sarcasm. Ocean Avenue offers a fanatical brand of upbeat punk, but with a twist that is complementing the standard band setup with the exotic addition of a violin as a rhythm instrument, played by Sean Mackin.
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Indeed, it's that kind of wise-beyond-their-years sensibility that has helped Yellowcard stand out from the pack. In 2002, they joined the West Coast leg of the famed Warped Tour, a breakout stint for the band, and they soon used their newfound buzz to land spots on tours opening up for revered punks like No Use For A Name, Lagwagon, and Less Than Jake. This summer, they'll be featured again on the Warped Tour, this time on the East Coast leg.