Issues 2019
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Issues apparently have an interesting idea on how to improve their upcoming album after having a few drinks.

Skyler Acord posted screenshots on Twitter of a text he sent to his label about the album, saying “we have no choice.”

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“We’ve been thinking. This album has been killing us,” the text begins. “We’ve worked so hard on it. Years of blood, sweat and tears. Years of stress. Years of putting our fucking heart and SOUL into this shit.”

“But listening to the album …. Front to back …. Something is missing,” he continues. “There’s a huge problem. There’s not enough fucking HEART in this shit. I … seriously can’t help but notice a huge difference between my favorite albums and this new one.”

“But we’ve been drinking tonight and we’ve been talking and I think I got it. Trust me, I wouldn’t bring this up if I didn’t think it was important,” helater says. “WE’re finally a unit and we can agree. But we need to rework some shit. Like from the ground up. Basically all of it, actually.”

“WE NEED MORE FUCKIN SQUEALS,” the text ends with a link of a video called “Top 10 Pinch-Harmonic Breakdowns.”

The band’s label, Rise Records, quote tweeted the post.

“This really happened. Good thing was asleep at 9pm, so didn’t have to process in real time,” the tweet reads. “Clearly you guys were drinking about somethin.”

Earlier this month, Issues dropped the highly anticipated first single from their forthcoming album, proving the gloves are off and they’re pulling out all the stops. “Tapping Out” marks the first track from the band’s upcoming third full-length album set to drop later this year. You can listen to it below.

 

It’s been almost three years since the band released their last album, Headspace, leaving fans eager for some new music and needless to say, the band did not disappoint.

Last month, Acord made an announcement via the band’s Twitter account that the new album was finally complete, posting “We finished our album yesterday, almost two years to the day from the first writing session. It (literally) almost killed us in more ways than one but good art comes from conflict. I can’t wait for you to hear what we went through, woven into the music we’re all so proud of.”

Vocalist Tyler Carter later took to Instagram to share an emotional update with fans regarding the upcoming album.

“There’s something so different about listening to a product that you know you can’t change,” Carter says. “It’s already been turned in, so it’s like I know this is it.”

Also, Carter sat down with AP to discuss the forthcoming album and how the band has handled the “bubblegum pop” rumors.

“I love the rumors,” Carter says. “The more genre rumors and musical rumors, the better. It’s just going to shock people once they hear the album, especially everybody talking all this shit. The biggest misconception for me is that you have to have screaming all over an album for it to be heavy.”

“I feel like people just always assume, especially the scene we come from and the era, people think you have to have build up to a breakdown call and straight hardcore dancing, mosh, crabcore [Laughs.] screaming parts. People think you have to have that to be heavy, but the truth is, this album we tuned so low to some songs. We had to bring in an eight-string. We have songs that are double drop C sharp, an octave lower than standard C sharp. It’s just funny. I feel like this is probably the heaviest shit we’ve ever written, but that doesn’t mean there’s a buildup to a fucking “open this shit up!” [Laughs.]”

You can read the full interview here.

Issues are currently on tour with I Prevail, you can check out the full list of cities and dates here.

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