Issues’ remaining members are going to play three final shows

The three remaining members of Issues have unveiled a proper farewell statement, and confirmed details of a trio of final gigs in January.

Issues’ remaining members are going to play three final shows
Emily Carter

Atlanta R&B and metalcore crew Issues have announced their final-ever shows.

The band – guitarist/vocalist AJ Rebollo, bassist/vocalist Skyler Acord and drummer Josh Manuel – have shared a new farewell statement to fans after several years of silence, following the departure of frontman Tyler Carter in 2020 due to sexual misconduct allegations.

They say today that “it doesn’t feel right to end our story in tragedy”, and therefore they’ll be saying a proper goodbye via three final shows in Anaheim, Chicago and their hometown in early 2024.

“Issues has been a central figure in our lives since 2012,” begins the statement. “We’ve played countless shows, toured almost every continent, met thousands of people, and made so many friends in our peers and travel companions. The importance of this band to our lives cannot be overstated. So many of you were right there with us.

“2020 hit us as hard as it could possibly hit a band. Tours cancelled after we paid the deposits, new album cycle cut short, and the last any of you guys heard from us was when we fired our singer. All of these were incredibly traumatic experiences, not only for us, but also the fans to whom our music means the most. Life changed for the three of us after 2020 in significant ways that made making Issues our full time job impossible, but it doesn’t feel right to end our story in tragedy. We feel very strongly that the legacy we want to leave be a positive one.

“These shows are the final chapter in a long history of pushing the limits of composition, musicianship, and culture in every way we could. We want them to contextualise our body of work over the controversy and member changes and gossip and bullshit and to stand as a monument to the three real muff*ckas still standing, the music we’re so proud of, and the fans still with us. If this band has ever meant anything to you we want you to be proud of being a part of this too. Proud of the gigs you’ve seen, the tattoos you got, the friends you made. So we’re putting this shit to bed in true Issues fashion. Very, very loudly.”

Catch Issues at the following:

January 2024

19 Anaheim, CA – House Of Blues
20 Chicago, IL – House Of Blues
27 Atlanta, GA – The Masquerade

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