Meet The Hooligans.
If you haven’t heard of Issues, why the hell not? But never fear, I’m on hand to introduce you to the metalcore sextet. Formed in 2012 by ex ‘Woe, Is Me’ members, Tyler Carter, Michael Bohn, and brothers Cory and Ben Ferris, the band released their debut EP Black Diamonds on Rise Records in November 2012.
However, the band have already had their fair share of obstacles to overcome, including a major line-up change, just before they were due to enter the studio. Then Keyboardist, Ben Ferris, left the band shortly after their formation in order to continue his education, and Bassist Cory Ferris followed suit after being unable to be involved in the recording of the EP, as well as the band’s first tour.
Now a six-piece, the band are made up of original vocalists Tyler Carter and Michael Bohn, guitarist AJ Rebollo, Tyler Acord on turntable and synths, Skyler Acord on bass, and drummer Josh Manuel.
Six-track EP Black Diamonds is full of explosive songs with addictive hooks, and incorporates a mix of different genres into Issues’ Metalcore sound. From R&B and pop, to electronic and dubstep-esque influences.
Also, the two contrasting vocal styles at play here compliment eachother brilliantly. Bohn’s harsh and gravelly vocals are aggressive and brutal, while the tuneful honey-voiced drizzle of Carter’s smooth, melodic tone works to lift everything, striking a great balance.
Issues also turn their hand to covers from time to time, having been featured on Fearless Records’ popular compilation album Punk Goes Pop 5, with their version of Boyfriend by Justin Beiber – yes you read that correctly – as well as the Punk Goes Christmas edition, with their rendition of ‘N Sync’s Merry Christmas, Happy Holidays. Tyler Carter has also put those soulful pipes to good use, and graced YouTube with his adaptations of Justin Timberlake’s Mirrors and Adele’s Someone Like You.
The band also released stand-alone single Hooligans in January 2013, and joined the likes of Bring Me The Horizon and Black Veil Brides on the highly acclaimed Vans Warped Tour in the Spring.
More recently they released newest offering Stingray Affliction from their debut full-length album, which is set for release on February 18th.
The Atlanta/LA based six-piece are also set to grace our shores when they join Of Mice and Men on their UK/EU American Dream tour in April.
The band’s upcoming full-length release is now available for pre-order over on ITunes, and if you want to keep tabs on what the guys are up to between now and then, you can find them on:
Tracks I’d recommend:
King of Amarillo
- The Worst of Them
- Princeton Ave