Ex-Issues Frontman Tyler Carter Comments On Sexual Misconduct Allegations

As previously reported, Tyler Carter was recently kicked out of Issues after being accused of sexual misconduct, sexual assault and grooming. Now, the singer has officially commented on the allegations.

Carter said the following:

“I want to set the record straight that over my decade as a musician I have no doubt made mistakes. I have crossed boundaries in how I’ve talked to people. In early days I most definitely blurred lines, and had trouble with understanding influence and power dynamics. Something I was not aware existed, and shamefully did not see or recognize until later into my career when I began to understand the responsibility of fame and leadership.

I have never physically assaulted anyone in my life. But I can’t deny that I have escalated conversations and abused my power, leaving people uncomfortable and I will not run and hide from it. I had my inboxes open for people to come and flirt with no thought of repercussions, and I blurred lines when engaging with fans or strangers in conversation. I fucked up. I made myself accessible, and I did not discipline myself at all.

For this, I’m gravely remorseful. For years I’ve been sorry, I’m not just “sorry because it caught up to me” but there is never an inviting way to put yourself out when it comes to a part of the past and a part of yourself that you’re trying to grow from and make sure to never see again.

I have reached out, in the past, to people that I feel I may have hurt or effected by my antics and out of pure compassion wanted to make sure that they knew I was fully aware of what I did wrong and could only hope that they would be able to find solace and move forward in life.

I am not going to use that to deflect the fact that there are people who are valid in their emotions. I will always be sorry for my poor judgement, actions, and shortcomings as an influencer, and will continue to apologize to anyone who needs to hear it no matter how often it’s addressed.

Though I never intended to be a “bad guy” nor had vicious intentions, I was blind in that putting interest in someone younger than me is never ok. Through the year sin my career I’ve had to take many steps to recovery, from drugs, alcohol, and revisiting personal childhood trauma/repressed memories that led me to that point, and had to reflect on the mistakes I had made and hurt I may have brought onto others as well. I’ve been in counseling and made my constant best efforts to get to the root of my problems and make honest strides in healing, growing, and accountability.

My obviously manipulative, narcissistic nature led to me mentally hurting someone that was family to me, and I will be forever in shame and genuine heartbreak that I ever blurred lines between friendship, brotherhood, and mentorship, with feelings of confussion and romantic interest. I say heartbreak because the person I am today and have known of myself for several years can not fahtom the stress and angst I may have caused. I have heard you. I have understood you. And I’m sorry.

I am sorry to my followers I have confused or let down with my actions, I have strived to be a leader and protect and provide both inclusivity and a safe space for all. Perhaps some of this came from an overcompensation to correct mistakes I made in my past. I have always cherished your stories of pain, your connection to my lyrics, and the constant courage of pouring your soul out at our feet to give us the great responsibility of being able to change the world.

I have failed you all. I have let you down, no matter how great or small, I have disappointed and dishonored you. And I will never stop apologizing for that.

Lastly to my fiancé – I am sorry to have put you through this turmoil. I understand that in your position of being a positive influence to people, you couldn’t just go by without acknowledging my past. I don’t want you to feel sorrow for having to do this to someone you love and cherish, so I understood, and am taking accountability for my actions.

I have of course since departed from Issues, The legacy of our music, what it means to you all, and how it has guided and healed so many, that will never die. though Ive tarnished my reputation. I will be taking time to continue to work towards personal growth, processing with my family.

Infinitely.
TC”

Issues Part Ways With Tyler Carter Following Sexual Misconduct Allegations

Issues have announced that they have parted ways with Tyler Carter. This news comes after the singer was accused of sexual misconduct, sexual assault and grooming. The band issued the following statement:

“Recently we have become aware of allegations against Tyler Carter, of grooming and sexual misconduct. We, Josh, Sky, and AJ, will no longer be working with Tyler. We believe survivors.”

Dance Gavin Dance Postpone Spring Tour With Animals As Leaders, Issues, Veil Of Maya, & Royal Coda

Dance Gavin Dance have postponed their tour with Animals As Leaders, Issues, Veil Of Maya, and Royal Coda due to the coronavirus pandemic. The band commented:

“Due to extreme circumstances outside of our control we are very upset to announce that we are postponing our spring 2020 tour. We are currently working right now to reschedule all shows as soon as possible & will of course honor all tickets already sold. This was our most anticipated tour, ever, and we were so proud of our fans for coming through and selling out these shows, only to have it all go away. However, your safety is top priority and we must follow what is being recommended to ensure that. We will have new dates for you soon. We hope you enjoyed the release of “Strawberry’s Wake” today and can’t wait for you to hear the rest of the album soon. Much love to you all, from Will, Matt, Jon, Tim, Tilian and Andrew -Dance Gavin Dance”

Issues Premiere “Rain” Music Video

Issues have premiered a new video for their song “Rain.” This track is from the band’s latest album “Beautiful Oblivion.” Tyler Carter commented:

“I actually wrote the song ‘Rain’ years ago, and somehow, the demo rose from the dead and my bandmates really liked it. We knew we had to do our Issues thang on it! I’m glad it’s gotten the amount of love it has, because it’s such a relatable and catchy song. Due to all the fan love from the song, we felt that it deserved a video.”

Issues Added To Dance Gavin Dance, Animals As Leaders, Veil Of Maya, & Royal Coda Tour

Issues have been added to Dance Gavin Dance’s spring North American tour. As previously reported, that trek will also feature Animals As Leaders, Veil Of Maya, and Royal Coda.

Tour Dates:

03/12 Los Angeles, CA – The Palladium
03/13 Las Vegas, NV – Brooklyn Bowl
03/14 Phoenix, AZ – The Marquee
03/16 Albuquerque, NM – El Rey Theatre
03/18 San Antonio, TX – Vibes Event Center
03/19 Dallas, TX – Bomb Factory
03/20 Houston, TX – Warehouse Live
03/21 New Orleans, LA – Buku Festival
03/23 Oklahoma City, OK – The Criterion
03/24 Nashville, TN – Marathon Music Works
03/26 Miami, FL – Fillmore @ Jackie Gleason Theater
03/27 Tampa, FL – Jannus Live
03/29 Atlanta, GA – Masquerade
03/31 Norfolk, VA – The Norva
04/02 Silver Spring, MD – The Fillmore
04/03 Philadelphia, PA – Franklin Music Hall
04/04 Boston, MA – House of Blues
04/05 New York City, NY – Hammerstein Ballroom
04/07 Toronto, ON – Rebel
04/08 Pittsburgh, PA – Stage AE
04/09 Indianapolis, IN – The Egyptian Room
04/10 Chicago, IL – Aragon Ballroom
04/11 St Louis, MO – The Pageant
04/13 Detroit, MI – Masonic Temple Theatre
04/14 Milwaukee, WI – Pabst Theater
04/15 Minneapolis, MN – The Fillmore
04/17 Kansas City, MO – Arvest Bank Theatre
04/18 Denver, CO – The Mission Ballroom
04/20 Salt Lake City, UT – The Union Event Center
04/22 Seattle, WA – Showbox SODO
04/23 Portland, OR – McMenamins Crystal Ballroom
04/25 Sacramento, CA – Papa Murphy’s Park at Cal Expo (Swanfest)

Issues Premiere “Flexin” Music Video

Issues have premiered a new video for their new song “Flexin.” This track is from the band’s new album “Beautiful Oblivion,” which will be released on October 4. Tyler Carter said the following about the song:

“I was burned out from writing the album. We had written and revised 30+ songs and I just had no juice. I wanted to goof around and have fun in my writing session, so I started freestyling about my current financial situation. When my band heard the song, they were amped. We made it Issues‘ style and our team loved how fun and different this song was. It’s definitely the black sheep of our album.”

Issues Premiere “Drink About It” Video, Reveal Details For New Album “Beautiful Oblivion”

Issues have premiered a new video for their new song “Drink About It.” This track is from the band’s new album “Beautiful Oblivion,” which will be released on October 4. Tyler Carter said the following about the song:

“‘Drink About It‘ is something I feel everyone can relate to. The song, quite frankly, is about cheater being found out by their unfortunate partner. The idea is this: ‘I think you know… you know something… how much do you know…? I’m just gonna let them sweat it out a little bit.’ But that play on words is also saying, ‘You’re all I drink about’ and at this point I wanna sweat you out of my system.”

“Beautiful Oblivion” Track Listing:

01. “Here’s To You”
02. “Drink About It”
03. “Find Forever”
04. “Tapping Out”
05. “Without You”
06. “Rain”
07. “Downfall”
08. “Second Best”
09. “Get It Right”
10. “Flexin”
11. “No Problem (Keep It Alive)”
12. “Your Sake”
13. “Beautiful Oblivion”

Tour Dates:

With Lotus Eater:

10/07 Berlin, GER – Musik & Frieden
10/08 Rotterdam, NET – Baroeg
10/09 Cologne, GER – Club Volta
10/10 Paris, FRA – Gibus Live
10/12 Cardiff, UK – Clwb Ifor Bach
10/13 Glasgow, UK – The Cathouse
10/14 Birmingham, UK – O2 Academy Birmingham 3
10/15 Manchester, UK – Manchester Academy 3
10/17 London, UK – The Underworld

With Polyhpia, Lil Aaron, and Sleep Token:

11/07 Oklahoma City, OK – Diamond Ballroom
11/08 San Antonio, TX – The Aztec Theater
11/09 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
12/01 Chicago, IL – House Of Blues
12/02 Detroit, MI – St. Andrews Hall
12/03 Toronto, ON – Opera House
12/04 Montreal, QC – Club Soda
12/06 New York City, NY – Gramercy
12/07 Worcester, MA – The Palladium
12/08 Philadelphia, PA – TLA
12/09 New York City, NY – Gramercy
12/10 New Haven, CT – Toad’s Place
12/11 Reading, CA – 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

Issues Premiere “Tapping Out” Music Video

Issues have premiered a new video for their song “Tapping Out.“ This track is expected to appear on the band’s upcoming album.

Tyler Carter commented:

“The song was most directly written about ‘tapping out’ of a relationship and its context plays to the theme of any type of fighting match. However, upon collaborating with director Dillon Novak, we felt that aiming the visual towards the idea of fighting with yourself would be more relatable and pack a deeper meaning.

Some of the things we wrote about were the real struggles we faced while on a hiatus and while making this album. ‘Win or lose’ is kinda where we are with this, and we have every ounce of our souls set on winning. Over-working, self-doubt, self-hatred, depression and anxiety, and not breathing fresh air enough — all of the things that have been a struggle during this chapter.”

[via Revolver]

Issues Guitarist Explains Why Vocalist Michael Bohn Was Fired

Issues guitarist Adrian Rebollo has further discussed the band’s decision to fire Michael Bohn last year. He tweeted the following in response to a YouTube comment on the group’s new single “Tapping Out“:

[via The PRP]