2011 has been a banner year for Hopeless recording artists YELLOWCARD. Not only did they release their latest album WHEN YOU’RE THROUGH THINKING, SAY YES to critical acclaim and to the wide-open arms of fans both new and old, but they also released their back catalogue on vinyl and toured the world, seeing countries and fans they’ve never seen in-person before. As a perfect cap to end the year and as a major “thank you” to their fans, they’re re-releasing their WYTTSY – this time in acoustic form. It’s a testament to the band’s songwriting prowess that the unplugged version of this album takes the music to a whole new level while keeping the main spirit and soul of the songs intact. It will be released digitally via iTunes and Amazon.com on Monday, October 24, 2011, while the physical release date will be November 1, 2011 and exclusively available only at indie retailers. To help herald its release, AbsolutePunk.net will begin streaming the album in its entirety beginning tonight prior to its release here: http://www.absolutepunk.net/artists/showlink.php?do=showdetails&l=1533. In addition, MTV Networks will be debuting the video for “Sing For Me” (electric version from the original album) on Tuesday, October 25th on MTV, MTV2, mtvU and MTV.com. The band issued the following statement regarding the release of the acoustic album:
Over the course of our career, Yellowcard has always taken pride and enjoyment in performing our songs in an acoustic setting whenever possible. Last year when we finished recording When You’re Through Thinking, Say Yes, we decided to record a few of the songs to be used as b-sides here and there. Shortly after the release we noticed the incredible response that the acoustic version of “Sing For Me” was getting online. We thought, “What if we recorded all the songs this way and tried to get Hopeless Records to release it as an acoustic version of the entire record?” Lucky for us, they seemed to think that was a great idea.
We began using every free day or night we had in early 2011 to finish recording all ten songs acoustically. One of the things we are most proud of is that we produced and mixed this entire record on our own. (Much credit is due to Ryan Mendez for his sleepless nights behind the computer.) This is something the band has wanted to do for a very long time and we have been so looking forward to surprising all of our fans with this record. It is the least we can do for the amazing support they have given us as we try to rebuild this career that we love so much.
So here it is, When You’re Through Thinking, Say Yes (Acoustic). It has been a hard secret to keep these last few months but we are confident that our fans will keep this album close to their hearts. It is both a huge accomplishment for us as a band and a massive thank you to all of the people who continue to stand behind this band. We hope you love it.
– Ryan, Sean, Longineu, Ryan, and Sean
Yellowcard’s seventh studio album When You’re Through Thinking, Say Yes was released in March on Hopeless Records to unanimous acclaim and high chart positions worldwide, including #9 Alternative in Canada, #6 Alternative in Australia, #1 Indie Album Breakers in the UK and #19 on Billboard‘s Top 200 Albums in the U.S.