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Review: Virtue by William Ryan Key

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Based in Jacksonville, Florida, you may know William Ryan Key best as the ex-frontman of the American pop-punk group Yellowcard. November 30th, 2018 marks the release date of his newest EP Virtue, since his previous EP released in May 2018, Thirteen. Virtue consists of a track listing of six songs and was released through The Lone Tree Records.

As much as we would like to hold on to the hope of a Yellowcard reunion, Key has taken up to explore his own personal genre, leaving behind his band days. One of the main tracks includes Downtown (Up North), which was published to YouTube this October 5th. The single was widely praised for its sentimental lyrics yet the beautiful tune of the acoustic guitar and a surprise appearance of rhythmic cello played by Matt Slocum of Sixpence None the Richer. There is an obvious raw emotion into the songwriting process as a love story unfolds. Virtue showcases Key’s newfound confidence and sound as a solo artist. “With Virtue, I wanted to explore and expand on the sound I’ve discovered both musically and lyrically.” He has stated and definitely owned up to his words.

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The first track, The Same Destination, starts off the EP with an impressive piano melody which quickly enchants the listener. This establishes a sense of direction of the overall EP which is ideally concluded with the track, No More, No Less. With his second EP this year, Key manages to release a written collection of songs with a stripped down beginning yet as it gets to the chorus the musicality grows fuller. William Ryan Key has definitely shown he does not need a band behind him to be successful but just his bare passion.

 

Upcoming Tour Dates:

Friday, December 14th, 2018

C3 Stage

Guadalajara, Mexico

Saturday, December 15th, 2018

SALON MORELOS

Monterrey, Mexico

Sunday, December 16th, 2018

Lunario Del Auditorio Nacional

Ciudad De Mexico, Mexico

Thursday, January 17th, 2019

Aglomerat

Moscow, Russia

Friday, January 18th, 2019

Nightclub Mod

Sankt-Peterburg, Russia

Monday, January 21st, 2019

Backstage By The Mill

Paris, France

Tuesday, January 22nd, 2019

Cassiopeia

Berlin, Germany

Wednesday, January 23rd, 2019

Hafenklang

Hamburg, Germany

Friday, January 25tht, 2019

Zappa

Antwerp, Belgium

Saturday, January 26th, 2019

Dynamo

Eindhoven, Netherlands

Sunday, January 27th, 2019

MTC

Cologne, Germany

Tuesday, January 29th, 2019

O2 Institute 2

Birmingham, United Kingdom

Wednesday, January 30th, 2019

Think Tank

Newcastle-under-Lyme, United Kingdom

Thursday, January 31st, 2019

King Tuts

Glasgow, United Kingdom

Saturday, February 2nd, 2019

Club Academy

Manchester, United Kingdom

Sunday, February 3rd, 2019

Rescue Rooms

Nottingham, United Kingdom

Monday, February 4th, 2019

Key Club

Leeds, United Kingdom

Wednesday, February 6th, 2019

Thekla

Bristol, United Kingdom

Thursday, February 7th, 2019

Union Chapel

London, United Kingdom

Friday, February 8th, 2019

Joiners

Southampton, United Kingdom

Saturday, February 9th, 2019

The Haunt

Brighton, United Kingdom

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