Beautiful Oblivion, the genre-bending 3rd full-length from Issues, is likely to be one that opens all sorts of doors for the band as far as touring. With one foot planted firmly in pop + R&B, and another in rock, metal, and soul, it’s clear that Issues’ ambition is set higher than most of their peers.
Interestingly, the band has gained lots of attention from the wider music scene as a whole. One such band that’s noticed what Issues are up to is Nickelback, of all bands. While certainly the band is (somewhat unfairly) critically reviled, 2017’s Feed The Machine was far and away the best record of their career, as the band’s brand of hard rock showed genuine ambition for the first time in a while. What does this have to do with Issues, though? No, this isn’t an episode of Top 10 Anime Crossovers.
When Michigan’s Fireworks announced an “indefinite hiatus” in 2015, it seemed to spell the premature end of one of punk/emo music’s most promising new acts. 2014’s Oh, Common Life saw the band juxtaposing frontman David Mackinder’s emotive tales of heartache and loss with an expanding musical pallet of indie rock influences — and just as they seemed poised for a breakthrough, they were gone.
It’s been a long time coming for Canadian melodic hardcore band Counterparts. 6 full-length albums into their career and a plethora of member changes later, they’ve long outlasted most of their peers and bucked shoehorned-in trends that would sink many other bands. In short, Counterparts have continued to build upon their signature sound by not necessarily straying from the path, but instead honing their songwriting skills into their newest album, Nothing Left To Love. A tour-de-force of everything Counterparts have written to date, and especially reminiscent of their 2010 album Prophets, the band has now reached a number of huge milestones in their career now that the first-week sales have been tallied.
In This Moment have announced their first tour plans for 2020. The band will hit the road this spring on a headline tour, dubbed “The In Between Tour”. Support will come from Black Veil Brides, DED, and Raven Black. All dates are below.