RYAN KEY Offers Solo Debut THIRTEEN on May 25th… On Tour With New Found Glory

WILLIAM RYAN KEY
[Photo credit: Ryan Mendez]

Ex-Yellowcard Vocalist/Guitarist Releases Debut EP THIRTEEN On May 25th

Single “Vultures” To Be Released May 18th.

Pre-orders Beginning Today at 9am EST 
Exclusively at www.williamryankey.com

Supporting New Found Glory on “Sick Tour 2018”

 

Sometimes a step sideways is the best progression forward. After the breakup of Yellowcard in Spring 2017, vocalist/guitarist William Ryan Key did just that with his solo debut EP, THIRTEEN which will be released on May 25, 2018 via The Lone Tree Recordings.

Both a sonic redirection and a rediscovering of his muse, THIRTEEN finds Ryan in a brand new headspace with a sound that moves away from the pop punk genre that Yellowcard helped create and into new uncharted territory that’s equally introspective but not as anchored in convention.

“It took a long time to find my own focus and direction after 17 years in a band,” Ryan explains. “However, once I found it, the music felt like coming home. There was new freedom and creativity that I channeled into each of the songs.”

Acoustic and emotionally raw with a spacious and pristine hi-fi sound, 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.  “‘Vultures’ was the first song written and recorded for ‘Thirteen’,” he explains. “I feel like it is the right song to help fans across the bridge from old to new, as well as introduce people who are new to my music to the sound.”

Coproduced with Arun Bali of Saves the Day (who also mixed the EP) at his own studio TheLone Tree RecordingsTHIRTEEN is a pivotal mark in Ryan’s life. “2013 was a really difficult year for both me and the people I love,” he says. “When writing, I was looking back on the journey from then until now.”  Another noticeable change was re-adding “William” back into his full name. Followers on Twitter are already accustomed to it (his handle is @williamryankey), but for many who know him simply as “Ryan Key,” an additional two syllables will need to be added when referring to him and his solo career. “William is my first name that I carry from my maternal grandfather,” he explains fondly. “He was always a huge inspiration to me so it’s an honor to use his name.”

WILLIAM RYAN KEYTHIRTEEN
Release date: May 25, 2018
The Lone Tree RecordingsTrack Listing
 

1. Old Friends
2. Vultures
3. Form and Figure
4. Thirty Days
5. Great Unknown

 

To support the release of the EP, he will accompany friends New Found Glory both as support act on their upcoming U.S. “Sick Tour 2018” and playing guitar during their set.  “It’s such an amazing opportunity to be able to share my first work as a solo artist with fans on a tour of this magnitude,” Ryan says about the tour. “It’s also super special for me that it happens to be with some of the best people I’ve had the pleasure of knowing throughout my musical journey.”  (tour dates below). 

With a new direction in life and a whole new sort of independence as a solo artist, Ryan is feeling the freedom of expanding his personal songbook. Still appreciative of his fans now as he was with Yellowcard, Ryan is always thankful to his fans who have supported him through his musical journey.  As much as this EP is a new beginning for him, he sees it also as the beginning of a new relationship with his fans.  He concludes, “I can only hope that this release is the beginning of a new chapter both for myself, and for the fans that have supported me for so very long.”
 
Thirteen will be released on May 25, 2018 via The Lone Tree Recordings.

TOUR DATES
 

  May 16 Pompano Beach, FL Pompano Beach Amphitheatre
  May 17 Lake Buena Vista, FL House Of Blues
  May 18 Atlanta, GA The Masquerade
  May 19 Carrboro, NC Cat’s Cradle
  May 20 Norfolk, VA The Norva
  May 22 Silver Spring, MD The Fillmore
  May 23 Philadelphia, PA Electric Factory
  May 25 Pittsburgh, PA Stage AE
  May 26 Toronto, ON Phoenix Concert Theatre
  May 27 Asbury Park, NJ Stone Pony
  May 29 New York, NY Playstation Theater
  May 30 Boston, MA House Of Blues
  Jun 1 Pontiac, MI Crofoot Ballroom
  Jun 2 Cincinnati, OH Bogart’s
  Jun 4 Chicago, IL House Of Blues
  Jun 5 Chicago, IL House Of Blues
  Jun 6 St Louis, MO The Pageant
  Jun 8 Denver, CO Ogden Theatre 
  Jun 9 Salt Lake City, UT The Complex
  Jun 11 Seattle, WA Showbox SoDo
  Jun 12 Portland, OR McMenamins Crystal Ballroom
  Jun 14 San Francisco, CA Regency Ballroom
  Jun 15 Las Vegas, NV Brooklyn Bowl
  Jun 16 Los Angeles, CA  The Wiltern
  Jun 17 Anaheim, CA House Of Blues
  Jun 19 Tempe, AZ The Marquee
  Jun 21 Austin, TX Emo’s 
  Jun 22 Dallas, TX House Of Blues
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