Issues is an American metalcore band formed in Atlanta, Georgia signed to Rise Records. The band currently consists of clean vocalist Tyler Carter, unclean vocalist Michael Bohn, bassist Skyler Acord, guitarist A.J. Rebollo, percussionist Josh Manuel, and keyboardist Tyler Acord. Following Bohn and Carter's departure from their former band Woe, Is Me, they formed the band and recorded their debut EP, Black Diamonds, which was released on November 13, 2012 to Rise Records. After touring with bands such as Of Mice & Men, Beartooth, and Sleeping With Sirens, the band released the single "Hooligans" and began recording their self-titled debut album throughout in 2013. In 2014, the band released their album Issues on February 18, 2014, and peaking at number 9 on the U.S. Billboard 200 chart, selling 22,000 copies within its first week. Throughout the following year, the band toured with bands such as Bring Me the Horizon, Letlive, Northlane, I Killed The Prom Queen, Ghost Town, Marmozets, and Nightmares.
In 2015, the band announced that they were writing and recording their sophomore studio album, which is set to be released in the Fall of 2015. It was produced by Kris Crummett.
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 were unable to attend the recording sessions and ultimately left the band. Ben Ferris departed from the band early in September 2012, while Cory Ferris decided to stay with the band until he announced his departure in November 2012. Skyler Acord played bass guitar on the band's debut EP, while his brother Tyler Acord played keyboards and turntables. Both of the Acord brothers were later asked to join the band after the departure of bassist 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 and acoustic EP (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', which was later released on, November 18, 2014. The band was initially set to release their debut 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 18, 2014. In April, it was announced that the band would perform at 2014s Reading and Leeds Festival. The band were a support act for the Wembley Arena performance in London on 5 December supporting Bring Me the Horizon along with Young Guns and Sleepwave. The band will be headlining in America dubbed the "Journeys Noise: Thanks For The Invite" tour and will be supported by I Killed The Prom Queen, Ghost Town, Marmozets and Nightmares and takes place late October to mid December.
On October 17, 2014, the band confirmed they'd be releasing their first acoustic EP, titled "Diamond Dreams", produced and mixed by the band themselves along with Matt Malpass and various other personnel. The EP was officially released on November 17.
Second album and beyond (2015-present):
On January 2, 2015, Issues were featured in an article on Alternative Press, in which they stated that the writing and pre-production for their second album will begin on January 23. The band also talked about their goals and resolutions for 2015. Ty Acord announced that he won't be touring with Issues during 2015, in order to focus on his work as a music producer. However, he stated that he will still be a member of the band in the studio, and will co-produce the upcoming album.
In a blog posted by their drummer, Josh Manuel, he confirmed that the band is currently in the studio writing for their second album and that they have booked time, once again, with Kris Crummett and Erik Ron in July to record it. The band is currently on the Future Hearts tour with All Time Low, Tonight Alive, and State Champs.
Issues has often been associated with the metalcore genre with a mixture of nu metal & 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 they wanted to mix metal and "Top 40" music in the same way that post-hardcore and nu metal mixed heavy metal music with hip hop music.
When their debut album was released, the response from critics was mixed. Alternative Press praised the bands unique sound with mixing metalcore with DJ-based breakdowns, calling them the modern alternative for nu metal, whilst the likes of AllMusic and Sputnikmusic criticized the bands mixture of genre's, stating that it isn't nu metal, and more like a mixture of pop music and metalcore, with Sputnikmusic quoting that they sounded like a mixture of Limp Bizkit and Justin Bieber.
Tyler Carter - clean vocals (2012-present),
Michael Bohn - unclean vocals (2012-present),
AJ Rebollo - guitars (2012-present),
Skyler Acord - bass, acoustic guitar (2013-present, session on Black Diamonds EP),
Josh Manuel - drums, percussion (2013-present),
Cory Ferris - bass (2012),
Ben Ferris - keyboards, synthesizers, backing vocals (2012),
Case Snedecor - drums, percussion (2012-2013),
Jake Vintson - bass (2012-2013),
Ty "DJ Scout" Acord - keyboards, synthesizers, turntables, keytar, samples, percussion (session on Black Diamonds EP, 2013-2015 as full member, 2015-present) ,
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