Musicscan: I suppose a good place to start is with the new record, that just has been released over here. Now I'm pretty interested in the idea behind When You're Through Thinking, Say Yes, so I was hoping you could shortly elaborate on where the title came from, and how you think it relates to the rest of the record.
Yellowcard: As you may know we took over two years off before beginning work on this record. The title was a line I had in my head for quite some time and I wasn't sure if it would be a lyric, a song title, or even get used at all. When it came time to title the album, I suggested When You're Through Thinking, Say Yes to the guys and I think we all agreed that it was very descriptive of the place we are in as a band, we are y trying to move forward with focus and positivity, and I think the title describes that sentiment well.
Musicscan: A lot of bands change their sound over time, but much to your credit Yellowcard has kept the successful sound your fans have grown to love. Concerning When You're Through Thinking, Say Yes - has it been hard to stay true to that sound or do you guys just play what feels right?
Yellowcard: Not at all. In fact we really focused on writing a record that was true to out sound. We certainly want to continue to grow and evolve as songwriters, but we wanted to have fun writing and playing these songs. When that is our focus, you get the Yellowcard sound in a very natural way.
Musicscan: This may seem like a strange question, but are the members of Yellowcard into reading philosophy? A lot of your work seems to combine conscious thoughts and different aspects of life, so I thought perhaps you were into studying these topics.
Yellowcard: I don't think it has too much to do with focusing on philosophy. I am interested in the world around me. I am always trying to look for things that inspire me to write, whether it be from experience directly related to my life, or something I gravitate towards in someone else's.
Musicscan: The lyrics of When You're Through Thinking, Say Yes have – as far as I understand them - a quite melancholic, but also optimistic viewpoint on life. Am I partially right with it? We have all faced tragedy in our lives at one time or the other; be it the loss of a girlfriend or the death of someone close to us. What's the biggest tragedy you suffered and how did you overcome it?
Yellowcard: I think the biggest tragedy I have encountered was the loss of a very close childhood friend in 2001. "View From Heaven" on Ocean Avenue, and "See Me Smiling" on WYTTSY are both written for him. I still have trouble with it at times, especially when I am back home with my friends. We all wish he could of been here through all of these amazing experiences.
Musicscan: What is the main difference between the messages portrayed in the lyrics of When You're Through Thinking, Say Yes and your previous albums? What different thoughts are being brought out through your music? Have you mostly stuck to the same topics, or have you progressed to another subject matter?
Yellowcard: As I get older I think they change as they should. However I do think thematically they have always carried that feeling of overcoming tragedy or finding a way to keep hope. The difference would just be the experiences they deal with, and how I react to them differently as I mature.
Musicscan: From being out on the road, what is one of the things you've come to realize? I'm sure driving to and from a venue almost every night leaves you ample time to sit and think about things. Unless, of course, you're too tired to do so. Do you think it's made you a stronger person at all? It's difficult to maintain friendships with people back home, I'm sure.
Yellowcard: Having a second chance to tour the world with this band has taught me humility and gratefulness. I have been through some dark days, mostly, believe it or not, when the band was most successful. I feel so lucky to have my head clear and finally understand how lucky I am. So yes, I think it has made me a stronger person.
Musicscan: What do you hope to uncover in the future of Yellowcard? There must be more the band has in store to unleash to the public, it’s only a matter of time until it’s all said and done. What else would you like to try and stress to your listeners through your work?
Yellowcard: We just want to keep making records and playing shows that inspire people. I feel like we have so much work left to do and the possibilities are endless for our band.
Musicscan: What, in your opinion are the most exciting aspects about When You're Through Thinking, Say Yes, when you sum it up?
Yellowcard: The fact that we are able to overcome our differences and come together to make this record is the most exciting thing to me. There is a happiness in the band that had gone missing for quite some time leading up to the hiatus.
Musicscan: Lastly, what is your most proudest moment being in Yellowcard?
Yellowcard: Winning the VMA in 2004 with my parents there is pretty high on the list, but there are so many moments I am proud of. I am proud of us for sticking with this through all the ups and downs.