William Ryan Key announces release of debut solo EP

William Ryan Key by Ryan Mendez

WILLIAM RYAN KEY Photo credit: Ryan Mendez

When Yellowcard officially called it quits a year ago, former vocalist William Ryan Key made it known that he wasn’t about to let the breakup keep him from making new music. Since the band’s final show in March of 2017, the musician has been busy putting together his debut album and now it looks like fans should expect it before the month is over.

On Thursday (May 10), Key confirmed the release of his debut, solo album. Titled THIRTEEN, the five-song EP is set to be released on May 25 via The Lone Tree Recordings. The record was co-produced by Arun Bali of Saves the Day at his studio, The Lone Tree Recordings. Pre-orders for THIRTEEN are currently available on Key’s website here.

The record’s first single, “Vultures,” is due out next Friday, May 18. According to Key, it was the first song he wrote for the album and the one he thinks will bridge the sound fans have come to expect from Yellowcard and the sound he is trying to achieve on his solo material.

 

“‘Vultures’ was the first song written and recorded for Thirteen,” he explains in a press release. “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.”

In support of THIRTEEN’s release, Key will hit the road alongside New Found Glory for their Sick Tour 2018. The tour will officially begin on May 17 at the House of Blue in Lake Buena Vista, Florida and conclude a little over a month later on June 22 at the House of Blues in Dallas. Not only will Key perform his new material, he will also play guitar during New Found Glory’s sets.

“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,” Key said about the upcoming 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.”

Prior to the tour’s kick off, Key and New Found Glory will join fellow Florida-founded act Dashboard Confessional for the “#ParklandStrong: A Concert Benefiting Marjory Stoneman Douglas High School” benefit concert. The show will take place on May 16 at the Pompano Beach Amphitheatre in Pompano Beach, Florida. Both Dashboard Confessional and Key will perform “intimate acoustic sets” while it New Found Glory will perform a normal, full set.

The full list of upcoming tour dates can be found here while the track listing for THIRTEEN can be found below.

THIRTEEN TRACK LIST:

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

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