Having already released one of the strongest debut albums of the year, storming tours across their home in US, Europe the UK and beyond, and a supporting slot at London’s Wembley Arena in just a few weeks time, it’d be an understatement to say that Issues have had their fair share of success in 2014. Not content in staying quiet for too long, they’ve now dropped on us a short EP of acoustic reimaginings of a handful of tracks: .
As expected, Tyler Carter really is the star of the show in this little package, with co-vocalist Mike Bohn out of the frame due to, well, screams and harsh vocals being out of the equation here. As a result, the likes of ‘Hooligans’ and ‘Princeton Ave.’ have a completely new face, and with all the distortion shed it’s almost like they’re completely new songs.
‘King Of Amarillo’ gets a bit of a lyrical revamp, cutting out the original references to Carter and Bohn‘s previous drama filled outfit Woe, Is Me and injecting a bit more of a R&B spin onto things. ‘Disappear’ is far more emotionally bearing, starting with Carter getting a bit tearful about the meaning of the song and its lyrics, linked to a lost friend, and ‘Tears’, if possible, really gets a bit of a boost vocally.
The jewel in the crown here, however, lies in ‘Never Lose Your Flames’, seeing a guest appearance from the band’s British pop-punk pals, Neck Deep. The contribution from Ben Barlow in the choruses still brings in that rawness we get from Bohn in the track’s original recording, but still allows us to stay in the state of this EP’s agenda.
Essentially, ‘Diamond Dreams’ just gives us another look into the talents that Issues clearly have at their disposal. Where they go from here is anyone’s guess.
Written by Zach Redrup (@zachredrup)