Issues is an American metalcore band from Atlanta, Georgia. They formed in the summer of 2012 and were signed to Rise Records shortly after their formation. They have released one EP and have released their self-titled debut album on February 18, 2014.
Formation and Black Diamonds (2012-2013):
The project was first announced by former Woe, Is Me vocalist Tyler Carter in 2012, stating that he had plans to create a band with other former members of the band. This included; Michael Bohn, Cory Ferris and Ben Ferris. Before the band started to record their debut EP, titled Black Diamonds, both Cory and Ben Ferris where unable to attend the recording sessions and ultimately left the band. Bass duties were handled by Skyler Acord, Tyler Acord's brother. Both of the Acord brothers were later asked to join the band after the departure of Jake Vintson in early 2013.
The band first started touring as a support act with Attila on their 'Party With The Devil Tour', along with support acts Make Me Famous, Ice Nine Kills and Adestria. Their debut EP, Black Diamonds, was released on November 13, 2012. The lead single for Black Diamonds, titled "King of Amarillo," was released on October 2, 2012, along with a lyric video. The band was featured on the Punk Goes Pop 5 compilation album covering "Boyfriend," originally by Justin Bieber.
Self-titled album (2013-present):
Issues' first release of 2013 was a stand alone single titled 'Hooligans', which was released on July 5 and was accompanied with a music video. In May, drummer Case Snedecor left the band due to musical differences. But in the next month, his successor, Josh Manuel, was announced as the new drummer of the band, making this the fourth lineup change in the band's short history. On May 19, 2013 the band participated in the Vans Warped Tour.
The band confirmed that they would be releasing an EP full of acoustic versions of songs from their debut EP 'Black Diamonds', however the album has yet to be released and no further details have been released. The band was initially set to release their album in November, however it was pushed back to January 2014. It was revealed in December that the album was set to be released on February 18, 2014, along with the album details and tracklist, revealing it to be a self-titled album.
Issues made another release through Fearless Records on the "Punk Goes Christmas" album, released on the 2nd of November, with song "Merry Christmas, Happy Holidays". It was later announced that they would be joining Beartooth on Of Mice & Men UK headlining tour in April as a support act. It was also announced that they will be joining Bring Me the Horizon and Of Mice & Men on their American Dream Tour beginning February with fellow supporting acts Letlive and Northlane. The band also confirmed that they will be performing the entire Vans Warped Tour 2014.
The band's debut album Issues was released on February 18th, 2014.
Issues has often been associated with the metalcore genre with a mixture of R&B. Reviews for the debut EP Black Diamonds often called the album primarily metalcore with an influence of R&B. The band themselves has commented that wanted to mix metal and "Top 40" music in the same way that nu-metal mixed heavy metal music with hip hop music.