ARTIST: Yellowcard, Saves The Day
SUPPORT: The Wonder Years
VENUE, TOWN: Manchester Academy 2, Manchester
DATE: 30th November 2011
FIVE WORD REVIEW: Yellowcard emphatically mark their return.
MAIN REVIEW: Opening up tonight’s show are The Wonder Years, who unequivocally have a spring in their step. This isn’t a surprise, considering their confession that the gig’s headliners are bands they “looked up to as kids,” making for an energetic set of pop-punk hooks that pleases existing fans while converting those uninitiated.
Tonight’s co-headline gig is an odd billing, given that the majority of the crowd are here solely for Yellowcard, but Saves The Day acquit themselves admirably, seemingly winning over a small legion of new fans with material from their seminal ‘Through Being Cool’ album.
The decision to open with ‘All-Star Me’ is a masterstroke and incites sing-alongs from the night’s contingent of Saves The Day fans, while ‘Freakish’ epitomises the raw emotion that transformed them into forefathers of the emo genre with Jimmy Eat World and The Get Up Kids.
Chris Conley’s vocals are at their best, meaning that even the group’s newer, slower songs are performed consummately. On record, tracks such as ‘Daybreak’ and ‘Anywhere With You’ sound decidedly dreary, with the former just as exciting as its morning TV namesake, but they’re given a new lease of live within the walls of Manchester’s Academy 2.
As Saves The Day’s set draws to a close with ‘At Your Funeral’, hordes of people surge to the front of the room, bracing themselves for Yellowcard’s first Manchester headline date in more than five years.
The crowd is divided between over-20s and younger fans, who have assumedly leaped on the Yellowcard bandwagon courtesy of their excellent ‘When You’re Through Thinking, Say Yes” release. However, all crowd members appear to be enraptured by the opening duo of ‘For You and Your Denial’and ‘Way Away’, as the band execute unbelievable backflips and begin their high-octane live set.
All of the band’s hits are aired, with a particular focus on the commercially successful ‘Ocean Avenue’, satisfying the needs of the band’s perennial followers. In particular, ‘Only One’ triggers crowd interaction en masse, evidencing that Yellowcard were never forgotten during their hiatus.
Reassuringly for their future, the group appear elated to be on stage and the announcement that a new album is in the works is greeted warmly.
Following this, the night is concluded with the anthemic ‘Ocean Avenue’, with frontman Ryan Key jumping into the highly fervent crowd, signifying that Yellowcard are back for good.