Following several weeks of speculation surrounding vocalist Michael Bohn‘s position in the band, along with both Bohn and the remaining members avoiding directly asking the question when approached by fans online, Atlanta based R&Bcore outfit Issues have now confirmed that they have parted ways with the frontman.
Rumours began to circulate online towards the latter end of 2017 when the band were sharing photos of their time in the studio working on their third album, with all of the shared images included not including Bohn within them. There were also further signs towards his departure via Twitter, including Bohn himself changing his profile image and bio to indicate his removal from the band, and also no longer mutually following the band’s other vocalist, Tyler Carter.
You can take a look at our initial report, in which we look into those hints of Bohn stepping down, via the original article (here).
The news confirming Bohn‘s dismissal from the band was unveiled via the band’s official social media accounts, through which they shared a link to a full statement posted on their official website.
You can read the band’s full statement below.
“To our amazing fans and Hooligans around the world, it is with a heavy heart that we announce the departure of Michael Bohn. We are all aware of how the internet rumor machine tends to spin it’s web, but the whole truth behind this amicable yet difficult decision to part is that our band is developing musically in a direction that put us at odds with each other creatively. Though sometimes beautiful in it’s contrast, the bigger picture began to be artistically irreconcilable.
Some of you may know that we as a band are always writing. The past year has been a lot of trial and error with new material, but the demos from these sessions are, in our opinion, undeniable in their potential, and are some of our favorite songs Issues have ever written. We found that many of the risks we wanted to take were in turn at risk of being “watered down” to make them compatible with everyone’s tastes and abilities. The quality and sincerity of our art is paramount, so we had to do a lot of soul searching to come to a conclusion that was best for all of us, the entity of Issues, and the music.
Just to make things absolutely clear: This was OUR decision as a band. No label or suit b-s. This is NOT a move to become a bubblegum pop act. We’re going to continue to do what we always have done, and write exactly what we want. We will continue to play older material and will delegate screaming parts live. Lastly, we have no current plans of adding core members to Issues.
We love Michael and the experiences we shared in Issues will forever be irreplaceable. We wish him the absolute best with his future endeavors, and he will always have our undying support within his musical career. We believe he will continue to be a voice for the fans, and prosper in his next journey.”
Along with the band’s statement above, the link that was shared via their social accounts also held two further statements. One of which was from the now sole remaining vocalist Tyler Carter, which can be read below, who has been in bands with Bohn since 2008, having been together in their first band, A Path Less Traveled.
This band then soon disbanded, and both Carter and Bohn continued on as dual vocalists into Woe, Is Me. Both vocalists then stepped down from the band a few years later before forming Issues.
“Michael and I have been a vocal duo since we both got our start in 2008. In no chamber of my heart, did I fathom the idea that we would ever be split up. Issues has been a positive home for both of us together. We’ve had our ups and downs, as brothers do, but we have gained so much knowledge, and life from this band. I would never change a thing. Though we have a big road ahead of us, and we have no intention of giving up at any point, the biggest hardship in making this decision, is the fear of losing a friend. When you’ve been hand in hand with a musical partner for almost a decade, you can only imagine the heartbreak, anger, sadness, and confusion that you endure after a change like this. We as a band are on our way to setting up some of our most positive and creative work to date, and though it may feel disheartening, we will not hold back. I love Michael with every fiber of my being, and never wanna see him give up on the industry, I also never wanna see any of our fans give up on him. I know this is going to hit some people hard, but I hope you will focus on the most important part of what Issues has and always will be; the music.”
The third and final statement published by the band via the website was from Bohn himself, who in it says that he “did not leave”, and that the reason behind his departure was due to the fact that the band “wanted to go in a different direction” and would instead be “moving on without” him. However, in the same statement, Bohn confirms that he’s already working on a new project with former Woe, Is Me guitarist, Kevin Hanson.
You can read Bohn‘s full statement addressing his side of his departure from Issues below.
“Well, here I am typing up a statement I never thought I’d have to type. There’s so much I could say but I’m gonna do my best to keep it short and to the point. First off, I want to make it clear that I did not leave Issues. It was brought to my attention that the band wanted to go in a different direction and that they would be moving on without me. As devastating as this news was and has been these past couple months, I am excited for what the future holds. I am teaming up with Kevin Hanson (ex-Woe, Is Me) for my new project. We have been writing for a little over a month and I have no plans on quitting music.
As for the fans, I cannot thank you enough for the love and support. So much respect to every fan around the world. You have made my time in ISSUES a dream come true. I’ve been to places I only dreamed about as a kid and couldn’t even fathom that I’d go. I have made countless memories in that band that will stay with me forever and learned a lot about life, people, and music. I truly hate that my time has come to an end in Issues but I’m going to make the best of it. Sorry we made you guys wait and wonder what’s going on but we wanted to be as professional as possible about this. Here’s to making the most of 2018! Much love.”
Whilst with the band since its inception in 2012, Bohn went on to record two EPs and two full-length albums with Issues, the latest release being their 2016 record, ‘Headspace’.
The band are currently putting together their third full-length record, and further details surrounding Bohn‘s new project are unknown at the time of writing.
More details surrounding the release and Bohn‘s new project will be confirmed as they develop over the coming months.