After Yellowcard officially disbanded in 2017, William Ryan Key wasn’t ready to take a break from music. Since being involved in numerous side projects, the singer/guitarist released his solo EP, Thirteen, in May 2018 ,and now with the release of his second EP, Virtue, he’s about to head out on a tour of the U.S. and Canada this spring.
The Virtue EP features 6 songs including the singles, “Virtue”,”Downtown (Up North) and “The Bowery.” Key has definitely distinguished his new acoustic solo material from the traditional pop-punk sound that Yellowcard had. “Virtue” opens up with a strong piano instrumental and follows with a mellowed out electric and acoustic guitar duo that continues for the rest of the EP.
The six-week tour kicks off this month, on Feb. 22nd in Atlanta, and closes in Nashville on April 2nd.
William Ryan Key isn’t touring alone, as he’ll be bringing up-and-coming Canadian rock band Selfish Things with him.
Established in Toronto, Ontario, Selfish Things consists of Alex Biro (Vocals/Guitar/Piano), Mike Ticar (Lead Guitar/Vocals) Cam Snooks (Rhythm Guitar) and Jordan Trask (drums.) The band brands its music on honesty and the vulnerability between them and their fan base. Selfish Things takes their name from a lyric in Jimmy Eat World‘s song “23,” which is fitting given the band’s message of youth and self-discovery.
It’s no doubt the members of Selfish Things are passionate about their music and wants to establish that personal connection with fans through their music. In a press release, Biro speaks on the concept behind the project:
“It’s just honest,” he explains. “I think it’s the first time in my life that I’ve legitimately told the truth. I think it’s really okay to engage with darkness, to acknowledge it, despite the fact that people run from it. At a show, the collective feeling you get when everyone is engaged in what’s happening is irrefutably the equalization of our human suffering. I really feel like our words connect to people in every way imaginable. That’s the point of what we do.”
Selfish Things have released two EP’s, 2017’s Six Songs and Vertical Love in 2018. Looking at the band’s music, their talent is shown in how swiftly their sound can move between heavy electric guitars and pounding drums to acoustic guitars, pianos and pleading vocals. A change that is notable in the transition between “Rust Cohle Never Sleeps” and “Without You” in their Vertical Love EP.
Along with Selfish Things, Pure Noise Records newcomer Cory Wells will be joining the Virtue Tour too. Each act on the bill brings its own sound, but passionately-sung lyrics through vocals and acoustic guitars can be expected from all three.
California native Cory Wells played in different metal bands before developing his sound into the solo acoustic category, a change that got him signed to Pure Noise Records late last year. Wells debuted his first EP, How To Tear Apart The Ones You Love, in 2017, with personal songs speaking to heartbreak sung through Wells’ emotive vocals.
Following the release of his EP, Wells has released numerous singles, including “End of a Good Thing” and “Walk Away,” which have quickly become fan favorites. His fingerpicked patterns and vocals have helped him earn more and more buzz as the months have gone on, leading up to this tour, which will surely be a showcase to some new audiences.
After teasing new music this week via Twitter, Wells released a pair of new singles this week titled “Patience” and “Lost.” Here’s the video for “Patience,” as premiered by Baeble Music:
William Ryan Key announced on Yellowcard’s Twitter earlier this month that in addition to his new music, he would be playing some rare Yellowcard songs on the upcoming Virtue Tour. For more, including ticket information, visit Key’s website.
Here’s the tour schedule:
2/22 – Atlanta, GA @ The Masquerade
2/23 – Orlando, FL @ Soundbar
2/24 – Tampa, FL @ Crowbar
2/26 – Chapel Hill, NC @ Cat’s Cradle
2/27 – Baltimore, MD @ Metro Gallery
3/1 – Brooklyn, NY @ Baby’s All Right
3/2 – Philadelphia, PA @ Foundry
3/3 – Boston, MA @ Brighton Music Hall
3/5 – Toronto, ON @ Sneaky Dee’s
3/7 – Lakewood, OH @ Mahall’s
3/8 – Pontiac, MI @ The Pike Room
3/9 – Chicago, IL @ Beat Kitchen
3/10 – St. Paul, MN @ Turf Club
3/12 – Denver, CO @ Globe Hall
3/13 – Salt Lake City, UT @ The Urban Lounge
3/15 – Portland, OR @ Paris Theatre
3/16 – Vancouver, BC @ The Roxy
3/17 – Seattle, WA @ Barboza
3/19 – San Francisco, CA @ Bottom Of The Hill
3/21 – Los Angeles, CA @ The Roxy
3/22 – Santa Ana, CA @ Constellation Room
3/23 – San Diego, CA @ HOB Voodoo Room
3/24 – Phoenix, AZ @ Rebel Lounge
3/26 – Albuquerque, NM @ Launchpad
3/28 – Austin, TX @ Barracuda
3/29 – Dallas, TX @ Three Links
3/30 – San Antonio, TX @ Paper Tiger
3/31 – Houston, TX @ House of Blues
4/2 – Nashville, TN @ The High Watt