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Yellowcard returns after hiatus

of the Oakland Press

Posted: Wednesday, April 27, 2011

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A hiatus can always be a risky thing for a rock band. But Yellowcard violinist Sean Mackin says he was confident his band would come back together again after taking some time off between 2007’s “Paper Walls” and this year’s “When You’re Through Thinking, Say Yes.”

“We took a hiatus to just kind of take a step back,” says Mackin, 31. I think that we always, as a band of realists, are aware of the possibility that the stars might never align again, but I think that taking a little time off and everyone taking a step away had a rejuvenating effect.

“It really had such an impact on all of us. We all really wanted to make sure that we could put the pieces together, and that energy definitely translated into what kind of became” the new album.

Mackin acknowledges that some of his bandmates “definitely ventured into darker times” during the break, but most of the interim was spent positively. Singer-guitarist Ryan Key started another band, Big If, and even used two of its songs on “When You’re Through Thinking;” Yellowcard also signed on Big If bassist Sean O’Donnell when Peter Mosely left the band. And Longineu W. Parsons III played drums for 2009 “American Idol” runner-up Adam Lambert.

“I think we all realized that Yellowcard is bigger than any one of us, and that we have so many wonderful fans that support and love us,” says Mackin, who got married and also spent time as Lexus salesman. “We started emailing songs and putting things together, and it had that vintage Yellowcard sound and still showed a little bit of growth for us.

“So hopefully our fans and our listeners will like the new elements that we’ve attached the music. We all feel like the time off was still time well spent.”

Yellowcard, All Time Low, Hey Monday and Summer Set perform Thursday, April 28, at the Fillmore Detroit, 2115 Woodward Ave. Doors open at 5:30 p.m. Tickets are $35 and $23. Call 313-961-5450 or visit www.livenation.com.

Web Site: www.livenation.com

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