Issues is an American Metalcore/Nu Metal/Pop/whatever they feel like band from Atlanta, Georgia. They were formed in 2012 by Tyler Carter, who wanted to form a band with other members of his former band Woe, Is Me (which included co-vocalist Michael Bohn, and brothers Ben and Cory Ferris). Ultimately, Ben and Cory weren't able to attend recording sessions, and left before they made any material. They released their first EP Black Diamonds soon afterwards. The lineup eventually became as follows.
- Tyler Carter: Vocals (clean, occasional rapping)
- AJ Rebello: Guitars, Vocals
- Skyler Acord: Bass
- Josh Manuel: Drums
- Tyler "DJ Scout" Acord: Turntables, Keyboards, Programming, Percussion. (Session, full member until 2015)
- Ben Ferris: Keyboard, Synthesizers. 2012
- Cory Ferris: Bass. 2012
- Jake Vinston: Bass. 2012-13
- Case Snedecor: Drums, percussion. 2012-13
- Michael Bohn: Vocals (unclean, occasional clean) 2012-18
Their sound is essentially a mix of Metalcore, Nu Metal, and R&B, along with anything else they feel like. You can expect clean vocals that wouldn't be out-of-place on Top 40 radio mixed in with harsh screams and breakdowns. There's also prominent turntable scratching, electronica and sampling, where the turntables are treated as a lead instrument as much as the guitar. Other genres make surprise appearances.
In early 2014, released their debut Self-Titled Album to moderate success, going Top 10 upon release and were signed on to tour both North America and Europe. Their success has led to talks of a possible nu metal revival, time will only tell if that's the case. They followed-up their album with a second EP, titled Diamond Dreams soon afterwards.
In 2015, it was announced that the band would become a five-piece, with turntablist DJ Scout leaving to focus on producing music. However, he will still work with Issues, but won't be an official member. They released their second album Headspace in early 2016.
The band confirmed in January 2018 that Michael was no longer a member, with various stories disagreeing whether it was artistic disagreements or if he was actually forced out. Either way it's yet to be seen if the band will officially replace him.
Issues provides examples of:
- Abusive Father: "Princeton Ave." is about one, who abuses his wife and daughter.
- Angrish: Michael, constantly.
- Band of Relatives: The band includes brothers Tyler and Skyler Acord. Subverted now that the former left, though he'll still work as their producer. Also, brothers Ben and Cory Ferris, who left before they recorded any material.
- Call-and-Response Song: Some songs go like this.
- Cluster F-Bomb: Michael swears a lot. Tyler as well, especially live.
- Due to the Dead: "Disappear (Remember When)" is a tribute to Tyler's friend Rachel Reece, who was killed in a car accident by a drunk driver.
- Filk Song: "The Langdon House", a song about Tate from American Horror Story.
- Gay Aesop: "Never Lose Your Flames", a song condemning homophobia.
- Harsh Vocals: Michael Bohn is the dedicated harsh vocalist.
- Indecipherable Lyrics: It's often very hard to understand what Michael is saying due his constant angrish.
- Lighter and Softer: Compared to most Metalcore bands, due to extended use of clean vocals and influences from pop and R&B.
- Metal Scream: Michael is mainly a Type 1, with occasional forays into Type 2. Despite being a dedicated clean vocalist, Tyler has also broken out into Type 1 and Type 4 screams from time to time.
- Although he never does vocals in the band, Sky Acord has videos of himself performing some very solid Type 2 and Type 3 screams.
- Mohs Scale of Rock and Metal Hardness: They jump all over the place, often in the same song. It can go from a harder 3 to a solid 8 in a few seconds. See Mood Whiplash below.
- Mood Whiplash: Hell yes. Your reaction to an Issues song: "Wait, when did we go from screaming metalcore to '90s boy band R&B singing? Wait, now there's DJ scratching? Is this nu metal now?".
- Neoclassical Punk Zydeco Rockabilly: To the extent of Genre-Busting. Their sound seems to consist of influences from Metalcore, Nu Metal, Pop Punk, R&B, Jazz Fusion, hip-hop and electronica.
- New Sound Album: Headspace introduced more influences from Jazz, Fusion and Progressive Metal with less of their early Metalcore influence, as well as Michael doing clean vocals.
- Nu Metal: Fully embraces the title. Of course, that's only one of their influences.
- One Steve Limit: Averted. There's Tyler Carter and Tyler Acord, who's brother is the similarly-named Skyler. Acord is often referred to as "DJ Scout" or "Ty" to avoid confusion.
- Out-of-Genre Experience: The final song on their debut album, "Disappear (Remember When)", suddenly switches from their normal Nu Metal / Metalcore style to an A Cappella gospel segment complete with female choir singers at the end of the song.
- The gospel choir returned on "Lost-N-Found (On A Roll)" from Headspace.
- The Special Guest on Yung & Dum is... country singer Jon Langston.
- A Party, Also Known as an Orgy: "Love, Sex, Riot" is about one. Fittingly, it features Chris Fronzak of Attila, (in)famous for their party-oriented music.
- Pop: A huge influence for their sound, with Tyler Carter clearly taking influence from acts like N Sync.
- Rap Metal: Tyler occasionally raps in some songs. Michael raps in his usual screaming voice in some of Headspace, such as at the start of "The Realest".
- Rated M for Manly: Averted with Tyler, since he's the poppy R&B singer. Played straight with metal screamer Michael.
- Revolving Door Band: Tyler and Michael are the only original members left. However, the band seems to have found a stable lineup, even though DJ Scout is no longer an official member, he still works with the band.
- Sequel Song: "Tears on the Runway" has two parts, both of them featuring female singer Nylo. In a weird variation however, Part 2 came before Part 1. The former was released on Issues debut album, while the latter was part of Tyler's solo album nearly a year later. This led to a lot of confusion, to say the least.
- Solo Side Project: Tyler makes R And B music separately from the band.
- Soprano and Gravel: See Vocal Tag Team.
- Slightly averted on Headspace, as Michael now also performs clean vocals in certain songs.
- Special Guest: They average one per release.
- Chris Fronzak of Attila in "Love, Sex, Riot"
- Snow Tha Product in "Embrace Your Issues"
- Nylo in both versions "Tears on the Runway Pt. 2".
- Ben Barlow of Neck Deep in the Diamond Dreams version of "Never Lose Your Flames".
- Jon Langston in "Yung & Dum"
- Start My Own: Tyler and Michael were the vocalists to Woe, Is Me from 2009-2011, until they were unceremoniously fired due to Creative Differences. As a result, they formed Issues, which quickly became bigger than Woe, Is Me ever was.
- Step Up to the Microphone: Scout in "Flojo" and A.J. in "Blue Wall".
- Take That!: "King of Amarillo" is one to the music industry, and more specifically one to their former band Woe, Is Me.
- Vocal Tag Team: Tyler Carter and Michael Bohn, both are dedicated vocalists who don't play any instruments on record or on stage. The former contrasts his smooth, poppy R&B (and occasionally rapping) vocals with the latter's harsh, aggressive screaming. The lines get somewhat blurred by the fact that Tyler does do some occasional screams (the second verse on "The Langdon House" being the biggest example), while Michael (as of Headspace) does both clean vocals and raps in addition to unclean vocals.
- A Wild Rapper Appears!: Snow Tha Product in the hidden track "Embrace Your Issues".