RYAN KEY Releases New Video + Joins Warped Tour Main Stage for Four Dates

Riding on a unanimous wave of glowing praise for his debut solo EP THIRTEEN, former Yellowcard vocalist WILLIAM RYAN KEY has released the video to his new single “Form and Figure.”   “I’m excited for everyone to see the music video,” says Ryan. “I called on my friend and extremely talented videographer/film editor Rob Chianelli. We directed the video together, and Rob shot and edited it wonderfully.  One of the coolest parts about self releasing Thirteen has been working with my close friends on the creative side. Knowing there weren’t really going to be ‘singles’ in the traditional sense, I kind of just wanted to do something interesting and engaging with whichever song I felt like.”

“Form And Figure” finds Ryan being haunted by loss and grief, pining, “It’s not the little visits I mind / It’s trying to find a way for us both to move on / To pack the history up and get gone.” In the video, he haunts the darkness of a house, a ghostly visitor pinned to his surroundings like a deeply embedded memory, impossible to shake off.  “I hope everyone enjoys the video, and as always thank you so much for all of your incredible support. This new project has really taken on a life of its own thanks to you.” Watch the video here: http://bit.ly/formandfigure

In addition, Ryan will perform on the final Warped Tour this Summer for four dates. “Warped Tour was an integral part of the success Yellowcard was able to have,” says Ryan.  “In fact, I think our biggest goal when we set out at first was to someday play the Main Stage at Warped. [Founder] Kevin Lyman and Warped Tour have always been champions for the bands they get behind, and we benefited so much from that.”

While he is currently enjoying the resounding success of Thirteen, Ryan will be celebrating his Warped Tour history as part of the seminal band he was a part of for almost two decades with an intimate acoustic Yellowcard set on the Main Stage. “With my first solo work now released, I am looking forward to playing classic Yellowcard songs for fans on the final cross-country Warped Tour. I want the shows to be about celebrating our band’s history and sharing how much it meant to me over the years.”

The four dates on which he will be performing are:

  • July 10th- Nashville, TN (Tennessee State Fairgrounds)

  • July 12th- Virginia Beach, VA (Veterans United Home Loans Ampth)

  • July 13th- Camden, NJ (BB&T Pavilion)

  • July 14th, Holmdel, NJ (PNC Bank Arts Center)

“I think I’m most looking forward to the show at PNC Arts Center in Holmdel, NJ,” he says. “That crowd has always been a force to be reckoned with. I’m sure the singalongs will be all time.”

“I have been blown away by the reception of Thirteen,” Ryan says, genuinely shocked.  “I think it’s natural to be nervous and excited when releasing your first solo work. Now that I’m starting to read reviews and play the songs live I am feeling super comfortable and can’t believe how positive everyone’s reaction has been. I’m looking forward to finding out where it goes from here.”

Co-produced with Arun Bali of Saves the Day (who also mixed the EP) at his own studio The Lone Tree Recordings, Thirteen kicks off with the haunting “Old Friends”, with its un-nostalgic look at past mistakes (“I’m sitting on a mountain of guilt that I finally started chipping away”) and realizing that he’s ready to move forward.  The epic soar of “Form and Figure”combines the tender introspection of Elliott Smith with the atmospherics of Hammock as filtered through the knowing eyes of Ryan Key.  The first single “Vultures” retains a hint of his past sound in Yellowcard but decidedly switches up the chorus in a way that he could never accomplished in the  pop punk paradigm.

Ryan recently wrapped up a national run on The Sick Tour supporting New Found Glory, The Movielife, and Bayside which concluded last week.

About RJ Frometa

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