When platinum-selling alt-rock band YELLOWCARD announced a reunion show in 2022 for Riot Fest in Chicago, IL, no one predicted (not even the band) that they would do anything more than just that one show. But as anticipation and excitement built on both sides of the Atlantic with follow-up bookings at London’s Underworld (May 26, 2022) and Slam Dunk Festival (May 27-28, 2022) with record audiences, it became clear to the band that their internal chemistry was back in creative balance and their fans wanted more. With the release of their new EP Childhood Eyes (release date: July 21, 2023 via Equal Vision), they gave not only their fans something to look forward to but also themselves the confidence that this is exactly what was needed for them as a band.

The five songs that make up Childhood Eyes capture the spirit and essence of Paper Walls —its powerful yet tender anthems, its open-hearted emotional vulnerability, its sense of wide-eyed wonder against the odds—but they’re also riddled with the band’s experiences of the decade and a half since it came out. From the breakneck speed of “Three Minutes More” which features Pierce the Veil’s Vic Fuentes to the gorgeously plaintive final track “The Places We’ll Go” which features Dashboard Confessional’s Chris Carrabba (“When he comes in on that last chorus and you can really hear that Dashboard ripping grit in his voice, it’s just awesome,” says Key), the EP is a testament of a band re-finding its footing after a number of years apart.

Distorted Sound says of the EP, “Childhood Eyes is dripping with pop-punk nostalgia, catchy rhythms, and a sound like they’d never even been on hiatus… Childhood Eyes just proves that these guys have stood the test of time as the tracks don’t feel out of time or place.” Sputnik Music gives the EP 4 out o f 5 stars, saying “Childhood Eyes has far exceeded expectations… Long may it last!” The Aquarian proclaims, “Yellowcard has finally returned and, man, is their comeback a massive one.”

As a companion to the release of their EP, they announced a full-scale North American tour (their first since 2017) which finds them in front of their largest crowds ever as a headliner. At their sold-out NYC show at The Rooftop at Pier 17 earlier this month, Digital Journal reported on the audience’s reaction and said, “their presence was met with a raucous response from the Big Apple crowd.” V13 lauded their performance at their packed-to-the-gills Philadelphia show saying, “You could feel the energy amp up as people yelled with excitement as each band member took their place. It was as if Yellowcard never missed a beat.” Yellowcard still has 20 shows remaining in their landmark routing, finding them in Jacksonville, FL this evening for their first or two shows at Daily’s Place Amphitheater. Dates in Texas, California, Seattle, Denver, and back to the East Coast are upcoming (tour dates below).

Yellowcard is Ryan Key (vocals, guitar), Sean Mackin (violin), Ryan Mendez (guitar), and Josh Portman (bass). CHILDHOOD EYES is released today (July 21, 2023) via Equal Vision on July 7, 2023 digitally and in limited edition vinyl and CD.

Childhood Eyes Tracklisting

Three Minutes More (feat. Vic Fuentes of Pierce The Veil)

Childhood Eyes

Hiding In The Light

Honest From The Jump

The Places We’ll Go (feat. Chris Carrabba of Dashboard Confessional)

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