Lift a SailLift a Sail is the ninth studio album by American rock band Yellowcard. This was the band's first album to not feature involvement from drummer Longineu W. Parsons III, who left the band in March 2014.
BackgroundOn March 13, 2014, it was announced that drummer Longineu W. Parsons III left Yellowcard to pursue "other musical interests". On March 20, it was announced that the group had signed a multi-album deal with independent label Razor & Tie, and would be releasing a new album in the fall. Razor & Tie owners Cliff Chenfeld and Craig Balsam said that the band "rock the way we like it—with energy, hooks and attitude. They are total pros and we couldn't be more proud to work with them". On March 25, it was announced that Nate Young of Anberlin would play drums for Yellowcard's next album.
On May 16, guitarist Ryan Mendez posted that the group had finished recording. According to the band's Ustreams that they host, "there will be no fast songs (although no shortage of energy)," "LP didn’t work on the record before leaving," and that "Lights and Sounds was fairly negative lyrically, but this album isn’t.” The band also stated that this album is "less of a pop punk sound, more of a rock sound."
ReleaseBetween June and August, the group performed on Warped Tour. On August 1, the group posted a teaser for their upcoming album. Three days later, the album's title, Lift a Sail was revealed, and that it would be released in September. Another teaser for the album was posted on August 14. On September 9, "Make Me So" was made available for streaming. On the same day, "One Bedroom" was released to radio. On September 22, "Crash the Gates" was made available for streaming via Alternative Press. Lift a Sail was made available for streaming via Pandora Radio on September 29. On October 1, a music video was released for "One Bedroom". Alternative Press writer Matt Crane said the video "aligns the band with Invisible Children, who work to end the violent reign of Joseph Kony and his Lord’s Resistance Army in Africa".
Lift a Sail was then released on October 7 through record label Razor & Tie. In October and November, the band went on a co-headlining US tour with Memphis May Fire. They were supported by Emarosa. For the tour, the group enlisted the help of drummer Tucker Rule, formerly of Thursday. On October 30, a music video was released for "The Deepest Well". It was filmed during the group's tour with Memphis May Fire. On May 26, 2015, a music video was released for "California". In October and November, the group went on a co-headlining US tour with New Found Glory. They were supported by Tigers Jaw.
At Metacritic, which assigns a "weighted average" rating out of 100 to selected independent ratings and reviews from mainstream critics, the album has received a Metascore of 72, based on five reviews, indicating "generally favorable reviews". Three and a half star reviewer for AllMusic, James Christopher Monger, states: "The 13-track set adds some relatively subtle flourishes of electronics to the mix while dialing back a little on Sean Mackin's signature violin playing, but fans looking to conjure up some nostalgia for the band's Ocean Avenue heyday will find what they're looking for on standout cuts like the catchy and propulsive 'Make Me So,' the big-hearted 'Transmission Home,' and rousing 'Deepest Well'."