Whatever you may think of Issues’ approach to genre-bending music, you really have to credit the band for genuinely not giving a single fuck about what people think of them. Granted, the band’s member changes have left them at a crossroads here, but merging pop, R&B, and post-hardcore was never going to be an easy journey anyway.
Which makes the band’s 3rd album, Beautiful Oblivion, certainly an important one. The album, which you can now stream below, is certain to be a divisive one. Led by singles like the funk/pop-influenced “Flexin'” and lead single “Tapping Out”, the new album is intriguing in that it throws a lot of disparate elements and genres together to create something that’s at least interesting, if not quality across its 13 songs. With a USA headlining tour where they’ll be bringing along Polyphia, Sleep Token, and Lil’ Aaron, Issues’ Beautiful Oblivion is just beginning.
When Issues released their much-hyped single “Flexin” on Friday, the third taste of their upcoming album Beautiful Oblivion debuted to the most polarized reaction in the “Warped Tour scene” in recent memory. As of the time of this writing, the music video was sitting about 3,100 likes and 2,400 dislikes on YouTube, and the fanbase’s comments were all over the map… with some instantly connecting with the song, and others insisting the band had “sold out”. No favors were done to the public reaction by the delirious fever dream of a music video, which features an elderly Tyler Carter breaking out of an assisted living home.
On the heels of 5 million total streams within a month for new tunes and acclaim from Alternative Press and more, Issues are “Flexin” in their latest single and music video.
This time around though, the band stunt and stun alongside none other than the fabulous Farrah Moan from RuPaul’s Drag Race in the music video. Once again, they boldly fuse alternative ambition, hip-hop swagger, rock energy, and pop power into a playlist-hopping anthem.