This Wild Life & William Ryan Key, MTC Cologne, 27.01.2019

Hey, did you know that the Yellowcard singer released new music?

Right in the door – we apologize for this overzealous entry, but William Ryan (or just “Ryan Key” for anyone who still knew him as a Yellowcard singer) got us asked to spread this news urgently! And not just us, but all the spectators, who were present at Ryan’s co-headline show in the Cologne MTC on January 27, 2019.

From 1997 to 2017 Yellowcard were the pop punk Giants from Florida. In addition to their sympathetic style and the catchy songs, it was above all the use of a violin, which made the band something very special. After the split two years ago (we reported) it was unclear to singer Ryan Key how things should go for him. Which career path should he take now? For the singer it was clear that he wanted to continue to make music. Thanks to the support of guitarist Chad Gilbert, who invites him as a support act on the New Found Glory tour, Ryan reports, he was motivated to write his first own EP “Thirteen”. Completely without a record company or his own band, he released his first solo work in May 2018. Half a year later appeared already the successor “Virtue” and made Ryan, whose first name actually “William” is his first eleven headline gigs as a solo artist to play. “I’m still playing music – thanks to all of you”, he thanked visibly moved on Sunday at the Cologne audience. After some tracks of the first EP “Thirteen” some tracks of “Virtue” followed before of course he gave some Yellowcard classics too. In addition to the overruns “Only One” and “Ocean Avenue”, but it was mainly the slightly rarer title that William Ryan Key presented in the MTC, but of course, the fans were also able to unknown songs like “Keeper”, “MSK” or the to sing the very last Yellowcard Track “Fields & Fences”. Ryan was well aware that most of the viewers were coming for the classics and not for his new solo pieces, “You probably do not know most of the songs and that’s okay.” Because for him, the fans were most important to him

Although Meet & Greet upgrades had been sold in advance, William Ryan Key also took some time at the merch booth after the concert to chat with the audience and shoot common photos. After his appearance, however, already left the first guests the MTC, which was probably less on the next band, as much more of the up-turned air conditioning, which had turned the small club in an ice chamber.

This Wild Life was no reason to flee the club. Her enchanting stage set consisted of numerous sunflowers, which snaked along the microphone stands of the acoustic duo. Singer / guitarist Kevin Jordan and guitarist / drummer Anthony Del Grosso were dressed in airy Hawaiian shirts and immediately convinced on the first track as a two-man all-round talent. Alternating between guitar and drums, Anthony supported his bandmate Kevin, who had sung the vocals on This Wild Life. The two got to know each other as work colleagues in the local music store, where many of their tracks were created during lunch breaks. The duo, which musically moves somewhere between singer-songwriter and pop-punk, not only convinced by their musical skills, but also by their sympathetic charisma of the cute surfer boys from next door. That 99% of their songs are parting songs tried to appease singer Kevin by singing a love song for his dog (“Puppy Love”) and later animating a young amorous couple to slow dance on “Hold You Here”. But even happier songs worked on This Wild Life – especially when the ukulele was unpacked for the blink-182 cover medley. “Watch The Uke!” Was the title of the song “Catie Rae”, because the raising of the Hawaiian plucked instrument gave the audience the chance to sing along. This Wild Life ended their set with the heartwarming “No More Bad Days” written by Kevin for his cancerous Mum.

Overall, the duo managed to make the half-frozen Cologne audiences sing, dance and sway to animate, even though a slightly earlier beginning certainly would not have spoiled the rather quiet concert on a Sunday.

The surprise of the evening was still there Support Act Still Talk from Cologne, whose singer Tanja Kührer with her powerful and clear vocals to the deep Bass sounds of her bandmate Micha Röhrig excelled. Drummer Kevin Wößner had made himself comfortable for the slightly quieter set on the guitar and together the three musicians provided the captivating prelude to a soulful evening in which they mostly presented songs from the October EP “Bleed”.

The evening at the MTC was marked by the love of music. No matter if you are a rock star on a solo show, a friend of Hawaiian shirts or a local newcomer – all three bands showed how much emotion they put into their songs and live performances. That’s exactly how a successful concert night should be!

And that’s what it sounds like:

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