Long-running pop/punk band Yellowcard called it quits in spring 2017 after embarking on a melancholy farewell tour — but lead singer/guitarist William Ryan Key is now diving into a solo career.
In addition to going out with New Found Glory and Bayside on the current ‘Sick Tour’ across North America, Key will release a new solo EP on May 25. Featuring four new songs, it’s his first foray into solo act territory.
“It took a long time to find my own focus and direction after 17 years in a band,” Ryan said in a statement. “However, once I found it, the music felt like coming home. There was new freedom and creativity that I channeled into each of the songs.”
For this project, Key will go by his full name, instead of just ‘Ryan Key’ (which he known as for years with Yellowcard), as a tribute to his grandfather.
“William is my first name that I carry from my maternal grandfather,” he explained. “He was always a huge inspiration to me so it’s an honor to use his name.”
1. “Old Friends”
3. “Form and Figure”
4. “Thirty Days”
5. “Great Unknown”
The song “Vultures” will be released on May 18, and pre-orders for the EP are up now at his site.
Key showed up at Linkin Park’s memorial concert in honor of late vocalist Chester Bennington back in October, performing the song “Shadow of the Day” with the remaining members — click here to watch that performance.