William Ryan Key (ex-Yellowcard) releases new EP, “Virtue”

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Former Yellowcard frontman William Ryan Key has released his second solo EP, Virtue. Following closely on the heels of his debut EP Thirteen and several tours this year with acts such as New Found Glory and Mayday ParadeVirtue is a natural progression from its stark and vulnerable predecessor. Fans of Key’s vocals in Yellowcard might be shocked (okay, probably not) to find out just how much he’s grown as a songwriter since striking out on his own.

 

 

 

 

Virtue, which captures soundscapes that are akin to those of Ben Gibbard and Damien Juradocontinues the songwriting journey that Ryan began with Thirteen. While the former EP embraced the uncertainty and nervous energy of taking a step into new and uncharted territory, Virtue posits the former Yellowcard singer onto firmer ground with a newfound confidence in his own abilities as a songwriter.

“When I first started making my own music earlier this year, I wasn’t sure what to expect. I think Virtue is an expression of discovery, and a statement that I am finding my own sound” he says. “These songs have helped me navigate the beginning of this new chapter in my life, but they are also an invitation to all of you to join me as I move forward. Thank you for listening.”