Michael Jackson + Metal Riffs = Issues’s New Song “Flexin”


After ignorantly writing off Issues for years, I proudly ate a bowl of crow when they released “Drink About It” last month, admitting I’d been a fool for paying them no mind in the past. Better late than never, right? Certainly wasn’t the first time I’ve been wrong about a band and definitely won’t be the last.

So: Issues’ new song “Flexin” is doing everything in its power to continue making a fan out of me, and it’s working. The track combines deceptively intricate metal riffing with an R&B backbeat and funk bassline, laying the perfect foundation for Tyler Carter’s Michael Jackson-like croon. It’s a thing of beauty that’ll have you both headbanging and shakin’ your booty, and the music video that comes along with it is as entertaining a way to waste three minutes of your boss’s time this morning as exists. Highly recommend.

Beautiful Oblivion comes out on October 4 via Rise Records. Issues will tour this fall with Polyphia, Lil Aaron and Sleep Token; dates under the video + get tickets here.

11/7 Oklahoma City, OK @ Diamond Ballroom
11/8 San Antonio, TX @ The Aztec Theater
11/9 Houston, TX @ House Of Blues
11/10 Dallas, TX @ House Of Blues
11/12 Albuquerque, NM @ Sunshine Theater
11/13 Phoenix, AZ @ The Pressroom
11/14 Los Angeles, CA @ The Mayan
11/15 San Diego, CA @ House Of Blues
11/16 Sacramento, CA @ Ace Of Spades
11/17 San Francisco, CA @ Regency Ballroom
11/18 Portland, OR @ Crystal Ballroom
11/19 Seattle, WA @ Showbox at The Market
11/20 Boise, ID @ Revolution
11/22 Salt Lake City, UT @ The Depot
11/23 Denver, CO @ Summit Music Hall
11/25 Lawrence, KS @ The Granada
11/26 Des Moine, IA @ Wooly’s
11/27 Minneapolis, MN @ Varsity
11/29 Cleveland, OH @ House Of Blues
11/30 Grand Rapids, MI @ Elevation
12/1 Chicago, IL @ House Of Blues
12/2 Detroit, MI @ St. Andrews Hall
12/3 Toronto, ON @ Opera House
12/4 Montreal, QC @ Club Soda
12/6 New York City, NY @ Gramercy
12/7 Worcester, MA @ The Palladium
12/8 Philadelphia, PA @ TLA
12/9 New York City, NY @ Gramercy
12/10 New Haven, CT @ Toad’s Place
12/11 Reading, PA @ Reverb
12/12 Baltimore, MD @ Baltimore Soundstage
12/13 Charlotte, NC @ Underground
12/14 Atlanta, GA @ Buckhead Theater
12/15 Lake Buena Vista, FL @ House Of Blues

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