Last week, we brought you the premiere of Yellowcard’s brand-new “Hang You Up” video, which saw frontman Ryan Key harassing customers at a fast-food restaurant while pining for his ex-girlfriend. It’s a great video, but at the heart of it is a gorgeously melancholy song about heartbreak. So we had Yellowcard come to MTV HQ in New York City to give us an acoustic version of the song. It’s the first time the band ever played the song in an acoustic setting, and the results are quietly powerful.
The Los Angeles-via-Jacksonville, Florida punk-pop quintet strips down any rock elements in their power ballad, showcasing their stunning melodies, stirring crescendos and sullen strings. Lest you had any doubts about Key’s singing ability — and why would you? — watch the singer emote without any recording trickery or gimmicks. Something his peers could take a lesson from.
After a three-year hiatus, Yellowcard returned to recording last year and released their seventh album When You’re Through Thinking, Say Yes, earlier this year. Judging by the video below, the camaraderie and musical synergy is still very much alive.
Yellowcard addresses the hiatus and how it felt to come together and play “Hang You Up” acoustically as a newly reformed band in a video interview below.
+ Watch Buzzworthy’s exclusive acoustic performance of Yellowcard’s “Hang You Up.”