Issues (band)

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Issues in 2018
Background information
Origin Atlanta, Georgia, U.S.
Years active 2012–present
Labels Rise
Associated acts Woe, Is Me
Past members

Issues is an American metalcore band based in Atlanta, Georgia, founded in 2012. The band currently consists of lead vocalist Tyler Carter, lead guitarist AJ Rebollo, bassist Skyler Acord, and drummer Josh Manuel. They are known for their unique combination of metalcore, nu metal, pop and contemporary R&B.

Following original member Michael Bohn and Tyler Carter's departure from Woe, Is Me, the duo formed Issues with keyboardist Ben Ferris, bassist Cory Ferris, guitarist AJ Rebollo, and drummer Case Snedecor, subsequently signing to Rise Records. The Ferris brothers departed from the group prior to the release of their debut Black Diamonds (2012). Snedecor left the band in 2013 and was replaced by drummer Josh Manuel while Ben and Cory Ferris were replaced by keyboardist and disc jockey Tyler "Ty" Acord and bassist Skyler Acord, respectively. The band released their debut studio album, Issues (2014), which was praised for its DJ-based breakdowns and mixture of metalcore and post-hardcore, charting at No. 9 on the U.S. Billboard 200. The band released their remix album, Diamond Dreams, in November 2014. Their sophomore studio album, Headspace, was released in May 2016. Bohn announced his departure from the band on January 4, 2018.[1] Issues is expected to release their third studio album in 2018.

Issues has won two accolades, including the Alternative Press Music Award for Artist of the Year in 2015 and for Best Bassist the following year, and altogether has been nominated for seven Alternative Press Music Awards. The group was nominated for Best New Talent at the 2014 Revolver Golden Gods. The band has performed at various music festivals including the Vans Warped Tour, the Reading and Leeds Festivals, and Slam Dunk Festival.


Formation and Black Diamonds (2012–13)[edit]

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.[2] This included; Michael Bohn, Cory Ferris and Ben Ferris.[3] 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.[4] Skyler Acord played bass guitar on the band's debut EP,[5] 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.[6]

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.[7] Their debut EP, Black Diamonds, was released on November 13, 2012.[8] The lead single for Black Diamonds, titled "King of Amarillo", was released on October 2, 2012, along with a lyric video.[9] The band was featured on the Punk Goes Pop 5 compilation album covering "Boyfriend", originally by Justin Bieber.[4][10]

Self-titled album and Diamond Dreams EP (2013–15)[edit]

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.[11] In May, drummer Case Snedecor left the band due to musical differences.[12] 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.[13] On May 19, 2013 the band participated in the Vans Warped Tour.[14]

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.[15] The band was initially set to release their debut album in November, however it was pushed back to January 2014.[16] It was revealed in December that the album was set to be released on February 18, 2014, along with the album details and track list, revealing it to be a self-titled album.[17]

Issues made another release through Fearless Records on the "Punk Goes Christmas" album, released on November 2, with song "Merry Christmas, Happy Holidays".[18] It was later announced that they would be joining Beartooth on Of Mice & Men UK headlining tour in April as a support act.[19] 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.[20] The band also confirmed that they will be performing the entire Vans Warped Tour 2014.[21]

The band's debut album Issues was released on February 18, 2014. In April, it was announced that the band would perform at 2014's Reading and Leeds Festival.[22] The band were a support act for the Wembley Arena performance in London on December 5 supporting Bring Me the Horizon along with Young Guns and Sleepwave.[23] 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.[24]

On October 17, 2014, the band confirmed they'd be releasing their first acoustic EP, Diamond Dreams, produced and mixed by the band themselves along with Matt Malpass and various other personnel.[25] The EP was officially released on November 17.[26]

Headspace and Michael Bohn's departure (2015–present)[edit]

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 would begin on January 23. Ty Acord announced that he wouldn't be touring with Issues during 2015, in order to focus on his work as a music producer. However, he stated that he would still be a member of the band in the studio, and will co-produce the upcoming album, titled "Headspace"[27]

Drummer Josh Manuel said that the band was in the studio writing for their second album and that they had booked time, once again, with Kris Crummett and Erik Ron in July 2015 to record it.[28] In November 2015, they announced that they will be a five piece, with Ty leaving to focus on producing music and working with Issues only as a collaborator.[29][30][31]

Issues were announced as part of the line-up for Slam Dunk Festival during November 2015.[32]

Issues announced the release of their first single off the album "The Realest" to be on March 24, 2016. A few days later, the band released other 3 track from the upcoming album: "Coma", a heavier song called "Blue Wall" and a deep and emotional song called "Slow Me Down". The album was released on May 20.

On January 4, 2018, the band confirmed that they fired vocalist Michael Bohn.[33]

Musical style and influences[edit]

Issues has often been associated with nu metal, having a blend of metalcore, pop, electronic and R&B.[34] AllMusic said the band mixed these genres to obtain "new nu metal," which has also been termed nu metalcore.[35][36][37][38][39] The band themselves has commented that they wanted to mix metal and "Top 40" music in the same way that nu metal mixed heavy metal music with hip hop music.[40] Other than being labelled as nu metal, Issues has also been labelled as metalcore,[41][42][43] "pop/metal"[43] and "R&Bcore".[44] They are influenced by artists and groups such as Korn (who the band named themselves after their 1999 album of the same name), Katy Perry, Linkin Park, Stevie Wonder, Jackson 5, Children of Bodom, Cradle of Filth, Parkway Drive, Blink-182, Sum 41, Fatboy Slim, Impending Doom, Slipknot, Kesha, Miley Cyrus and Beastie Boys.[43]

Band members[edit]



Issues discography
Studio albums 2
Music videos 8
EPs 2
Singles 11

Studio albums[edit]

Year Details Peak chart positions[45]
2014 Issues
  • Release: February 18, 2014
  • Label: Rise Records
  • Formats: CD, Download
9 2 1 2 1
2016 Headspace
  • Release: May 20, 2016
  • Label: Rise Records
  • Formats: CD, Download
20 1 1 4 2


Year Details Peak chart positions[45]
2012 Black Diamonds
  • Release: November 13, 2012
  • Label: Rise Records
  • Formats: CD, Download
96 20 8 14 31
2014 Diamond Dreams
  • Release: November 18, 2014
  • Label: Rise Records
  • Formats: CD, Download
20 27 13


Year Song Album
2012 "King of Amarillo" Black Diamonds EP
"Princeton Ave"
"Boyfriend" (Justin Bieber cover) Punk Goes Pop 5
"The Worst of Them "(Acoustic) Diamond Dreams EP
2013 "Hooligans" non-album single
"Merry Christmas, Happy Holidays" ('N SYNC cover) Punk Goes Christmas
2014 "Stingray Affliction" Issues
"Never Lose Your Flames"
"Mad at Myself"
2016 "The Realest" Headspace
"Blue Wall"
"Slow Me Down"

Music videos[edit]

Year Song Album Director Type Link
2012 "The Worst of Them" (Acoustic) Diamond Dreams Josh Manuel[46] Performance [1]
2013 "Princeton Ave" Black Diamonds Dillon Novak[47] Narrative [2]
"Hooligans" Non-album single [3]
2014 "Stingray Affliction" Issues Ryan Valdez [4]
"Never Lose Your Flames" [5]
"Mad at Myself" Dillon Novak[48] [6]
2016 "The Realest" Headspace ANAKT Films [7]
"Coma" Dillon Novak [8]
"Blue Wall" Mollie Tarlow [9]
"Slow Me Down" Samuel Halleen [10]


Nominated work Year Award Result
Issues 2014 Revolver's Golden Gods - Best New Talent[49] Nominated
Issues 2014 Alternative Press Music Awards - Best Breakthrough Band[50] Nominated
Nominated work Year Award Result
Tyler Carter 2015 Alternative Press Music Awards - Best Vocalist[51] Nominated
Issues 2015 Alternative Press Music Awards - Album of the Year[51] Nominated
Issues 2015 Alternative Press Music Awards - Artist of the Year[51] Won
Nominated work Year Award Result
Skyler Acord 2016 Alternative Press Music Awards - Best Bassist[52] Won
Issues 2016 Alternative Press Music Awards - Best Live Band[52] Nominated
Issues 2016 Alternative Press Music Awards - Most Dedicated Fanbase[52] Nominated


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