Yellowcard - Southern Air

Pop-punk pros return with reignited fire in their bellies and a passionate new record.

Rating: 7

‘Southern Air’ is an accomplished record packed with positive pop-punk vibes and a refreshing energy fuelled by the passion and experience of this American quintet.

Built on the solid foundations of their career to date, Yellowcard’s eighth full-length offering sees them deliver an equally well-rounded and truly delightful album.

Incase you happened to think otherwise, opening track ‘Awakening’ ignites the sound of fierce conviction, before ‘The Surface Of The Sun’ really captures everything that’s great about this powerful five-piece.

Already-released single ‘Always Summer’ is designed to be the soundtrack to just that, while ‘Here I Am Alive’ and ballad ‘Telescope’ are perfectly formed to be the next youth anthems.

Featuring a string of impressive guest spots from Alex Gaskarth (All Time Low), Cassadee Pope (Hey Monday) and Tay Jardine (We Are The In Crowd), this album is poised to not only celebrate this band but the underrated genre they thrive in.

Recorded with longtime producer Neal Avron, ‘Southern Air’ isn’t a major step away from the band’s previous work but a return to the original fire of their early years. It’s spirited, it’s slick and it’s this years’ essential pop-punk record.