On the heels of announcing their final six shows, pioneering prog-R&B outfit Issues have shared a surprise single called “Since I Lost You,” a love letter to their fans and ode to the last twelve years. Bassist Skyler Acord takes the vocal reigns on the track, which have been honed over the last two years of pursuing his solo venture. “Since I Lost You” is the exclamation point at the end of the Issues story. A statement from the originals.
Starting this Friday, the band will play six final shows in LA, Anaheim, Chicago, and the band’s hometown Atlanta, and will mark their first shows since 2019. Tickets are on sale now and can be purchased here.
Official statement from the band:
Issues has been a central figure in our lives since 2012. 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 canceled 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 contextualize our body of work over the controversy and member changes and gossip and bullshit and to stand as a monument to the 3 real muffuckas 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.
How are we feeling about “Since I Lost You”? Going to catch them on their farewell tour?
Final shows: 1.12 LA, CA @ Echoplex 1.13 Chicago, IL @ Concord Music Hall 1.19 Anaheim, CA @ HOB (SOLD OUT) 1.20 Chicago, IL @ HOB (SOLD OUT) 1.27 Atlanta, GA @ The Masquerade (SOLD OUT) 1.28 Atlanta, GA @ The Masquerade
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