Fans may believe that metalcore band Issues could not possibly top their last two albums. However, the band exceeded expectations and delivered a masterful piece of artistry. Headspace delves into the ideas of soul-searching, starting new, and letting go of the past.
The album, released on May 20, opens up with “The Realest” and “Home Soon,” two noteworthy jams with interesting, new beats. On the other hand, tracks “Flojo” and “Rank Rider” follow the band’s original sound, similar to older songs like “Old Dena” and “Personality Cult,” which are heavy, beat-driven tunes. Issues are known for a mixture of different sounds, ranging from alternative R&B to a dark metal beat. Headspace follows this trend by incorporating various genres into each song, so no two tracks sound too alike.
The five-piece band consists of two vocalists: Tyler Carter and Michael Bohn. While Carter is known as the "clean" vocalist who sings more traditionally, Bohn is considered the "unclean" vocalist, since he uses the screaming vocal technique. The group is rounded out by guitarist AJ Rebollo, percussionist Josh Manuel, and bassist Skyler Acord. In addition, Skyler's brother Scout was behind the track "Flojo" as a producer and performer.
There are a few messages intertwined across the album, especially the idea of looking back at the past. “Yung & Dumb,” which features country musician Jon Langston, is a singable tune about youth and dreaming of the future. Bohn sings, “Before you know it, it’ll pass by / I’d give anything for a minute back.”
“Lost-n-Found (On a Roll)” is one of the more thought-provoking tunes of the album, which starts off very angry, but toward the end of the track, turns into a choir-like anthem. Carter plays off Bohn's vocals, as if they are fighting against one another.
The most heart-wrenching point of Headspace is the song “Someone Who Does,” which anyone with a distant father can relate to. Carter sings painfully in the first person about a father who was not a part of his life growing up, and describes all the pent-up feelings throughout the years.
Headspace closes with “Slow Me Down,” an intense final track. Carter told Rolling Stone that the song is about a woman who discovers her lover is having an affair and “goes off the deep end.” The song exudes rage and angst, ending the album with a powerful burst of energy.
Although all of the songs off of the album are head-bangable, they’re also relatable. Love, family, drugs, and regrets are covered, which may intrigue new listeners to give the band a try. Headspace is fresh, yet still keeps the sound that Issues fans know and love.
Headspace is available on Amazon. You can also stream the full album above for free, courtesy of Spotify.
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