In case you haven’t heard, Issues’ Noise Presents Beautiful Oblivion Tour with Polyphia, Lil Aaron and Sleep Token has officially begun.
Kicking off last week in Oklahoma City, the Rise Records act has fully launched its Beautiful Oblivion era with plans to play their critically acclaimed album in full each night on tour.
Talking with frontman Tyler Carter all about the band’s 34-date headlining run, including why Issues chose to play their new album from front to back as well as the new tracks Carter was most nervous to debut live, the outgoing vocalist gave us quite the insight.
“We decided to play [Beautiful Oblivion in full] for a couple reasons,” says Carter. “We have just played out so many of our old songs over the years and we just want to play new music. It’s been long enough and a lot of us and our fans have grown up and matured and are just into different styles now. We do love playing some of the old bangers but a majority of our set and our new album reflect who we are and what we love now.”
To see what else Carter had to say, like what lead Issues to put their heavy 2012 single “King Of Amarillo” on their setlist, be sure to check out our interview below. Afterward, make sure to grab tickets to see Issues out on tour here.
What made you guys decide to play Beautiful Oblivion in full on your headlining tour?
TYLER CARTER: We decided to play the full album for a couple reasons. 1) We have just played out so many of our old songs over the years and we just want to play new music. It’s been long enough and a lot of us and our fans have grown up and matured and are just into different styles now. We do love playing some of the old bangers but a majority of our set and our new album reflect who we are and what we love now. 2) We have a new album and have waited three years to play new songs [and] put new music out so frankly, we want to promote that album.
Do you think Beautiful Oblivion is the best Issues album yet?
We think it’s our best album yet. We are very proud of this record and think that we topped ourselves. That’s the goal of making music, always progressing and evolving.
What’s been the fan reception to the album so far?
It seems like people are really enjoying it, connecting to it, and on the light-hearted songs, just having an all-around good time. I’ve noticed more excitement for the new music actually than the old songs, so that’s a good sign.
Which new song were you most excited to play live for the first time?
I’ve been most excited for “Find Forever,” it’s my fav on the album.
How about a new song you were most nervous to play live for the first time?
I guess I’m the most nervous about “Your Sake” or maybe “Get It Right.” Both [are] vocally demanding and less forgiving than the more rock-y songs.
For people coming to the show who want to hear older Issues material, you guys are playing “King Of Amarillo.” What inspired you to bring that track out?
I’m not sure why we decided to do that one. Maybe just because we are playing less old stuff so we thought if we only had a few spots for old ones, we owe the cult OG fans a real throwback. Plus we tend to bring stuff back that we haven’t played in a long time especially when it seems like it might be the last chance we will get to play it again. After all, three albums and two EPs later, you can’t play them all.
Is there anything else special you guys have in store for this tour that you maybe haven’t done in the past? We hear Sky’s been training extra hard for the Super Smash Bros. tournament you guys are holding.
Well, for the meet and greets, we are playing some acoustic songs which has been fun and intimate. And of course, Sky is the bus champ on Smash!