Ryan Key, Yellowcard
First of all, being asked to be a part of this amazing tribute is such an honor. Tony and No Use For a Name were huge influences on all of us as musicians and songwriters.
When Fat Mike contacted me about it he said he had a song in mind that he thought was right for Yellowcard, "Already Won." Recording the song was amazing. We actually did the drums during soundcheck in Salt Lake City on our fall tour last year. Recorded them right from the stage. Then when we got in the studio to do the rest of the tracks, there was such an intense energy between us all because we wanted to do something great with the song. We wanted to make Tony proud. We were also stoked about the guest vocal we were able to get for the song.
In 2002 when we got the call that NUFAN wanted us to be direct support for their whole US tour our minds were blown. Those dudes are legends to us and we just couldn't believe it. Also on the tour was The Eyeliners. The original version of "Already Won" featured background vocals from Karina Denike of Dance Hall Crashers. We thought it would be awesome to have Laura Baca from The Eyeliners come sing on ours. She did an amazing job and I think bringing us back together after all these years makes the recording that much more special.
We are in the company of some amazing artists on this compilation. Some peers, and some we've looked up to since we started playing guitar. Tony meant a lot to us as a songwriter, and I consider myself so lucky to have had the chance to know him.