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.
The last couple years have seen a lot of change for Las Vegas’ sonically eclectic Amarionette. After undergoing a significant sound change, parting ways with their original vocalist, and recently seeing the departure of their longtime drummer, the band has continued to persevere with the release of their new “Evolution” EP, out on Friday, August 23. I spoke in-depth with guitarist Nick Raya about the band’s creative process, some of the new songs, and where they hope to go next.
Emarosa have released a new single “Givin’ Up”, via Hopeless Records. The new song and music video signal a huge change for the previously labeled post-hardcore band. Over time, the band has been moving further and further from their original sound, and the new song signifies that sound is gone, but that doesn’t mean the band is. Vocally the song is just what you expect from Bradley Walden, but instrumentally it’s a whole new sound. With the introduction of killer sax solos and an overall 80’s music video vibe the band is pop bound, which isn’t a shock as some of Walden’s main influences include Michael Jackson and Prince. The band have posted on media platforms that their new album will blow their previous release, 131, into the water. With the release of Givin’ Up fans are at the edge of their seats waiting for what’s to come. This is a song with huge crossover potential.