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Issues' Ty Acord quits band

Tuesday, November 24, 2015 4:15 PM PT


Issues keyboardist Ty "Scout" Acord has officially left the Atlanta, Georgia band. Here is his exit statement:

"Recently there has been a lot of confusion as to my involvement and place in the band Issues, since I took a break from touring to focus on my passions. After much thought and discussion, I regret to inform you that I am officially parting ways with the band as of now. To some this may come a shock, to others, you may have seen this coming from miles away. I can say without a doubt when I stepped away from the All Time Low tour, I didn't think it would be for good. I even returned to play shows in Hawaii, Alaska, and Japan this past year. But what became apparent at those shows, and during my time at home, was the undeniable fact that being a member of this band just didn't make me happy. In fact in a lot of ways it did the opposite.

"To give a quick history I wasn't even planning on officially joining Issues. The idea for the band was formed when I was on tour DJ-ing for Tyler Carter on his solo tour opening for the band Go Radio. He expressed interest in starting a new band, and was talking about and planning out how he was going to form it. He had been sent some demos, but nothing too impressive. I told him that if he wanted to start putting out new music, the instrumentals had to be as next level as what he was writing. It was then that he asked if I would be interested in helping write and produce the project. I was into it, it sounded like fun. But there wasn't really an opportunity to actually join the band at this point, because he had already promised Case Snedecor the drum spot, and that was the only instrument I was comfortable playing. I wasn't really concerned about it though, because I was content with playing in my local band 'A Memoria Brooded' and working at Atlantic Records in Hollywood as an engineer.

"After the tour I began writing with some friends, met AJ and convinced Tyler to let him join the band. After the EP was done, they set off for tour. Tyler was the first to have the idea of me joining as the DJ. I wasn't down at all. I didn't want to leave my job at Atlantic, or my band back home. Also didn't seem like something that I would really enjoy doing or being known for. So I didn't go on the Party with the Devil tour with Attila.

"After the tour, they were passionate about me at least trying out a tour playing with the band. I was just so torn about joining a band as a keyboard player. I've always been an integral part of the live show with every project I've been in, and I felt as though I would be reduced to a gimmick. But despite my reservations I thought it over a TON, and since the band was actually going well, I thought why not. I'll try it. I've never toured with a band, and a lot of people would kill for this opportunity. So I decided to go on the Silverstein Headliner, and legitimately had a lot of fun. So, I decided to officially join and continue with Issues.

"The problem with doing something that your heart isn't fully committed to though, is it wears off real quick. I started to become envious of every other band member living out their dreams playing what they were passionate about, getting better at their craft, all the while I was showing up for work every day. It got to the point where my least favorite part of the day was getting on stage, which is pretty ass backwards to the point of playing music for a living. That added to the fact that I witnessed my peers back home advancing in their careers as songwriters and producers, (what I truly care about) while I was stuck in the same place due to being on the road all year.

"It finally became time to wake up and refuse to do anything that made me unhappy. I told the band that I wanted a break to focus on what I love to do. They were more than supportive. And in the small time I've stepped away from touring, I've gotten further in my quest to becoming a producer than I had in the 3 years I was with Issues. I'm so so much happier now as a person, and so excited for my future. And from what I've witnessed, no one gets anywhere doing something half-heartedly. So it is a very important decision to fully commit to production and depart from any other projects that might take my time away from that.

"As far as the album goes, I was, and still continue to be just as involved as I always have been in the writing and production process. It's really the only part of being in Issues that I truly enjoy; the creation of the music. We are still working extremely hard on finishing and releasing this music as soon as possible, as we have all put countless hours into it and are proud of what we've written. I hope you can all understand where I'm coming from, and realize that there is literally no bad blood or animosity between me and the guys, as they all are very supportive of my decision. They wish to see me succeed, as I wish to see Issues continue to thrive. I love all of them to death, and wouldn't take back any of our experiences for the world.

"Currently I have a new manager, and am in the studio 24/7 working on production for artists and remixes, playing in a band with some of my closest homies in LA, and loving life. I know I'll see you guys again soon, in a different setting. I have so much love for all who have support me and the band throughout the project. Thank you so much for your commitment to the band, and hope that you'll stay with them as they journey onward."


39 comments


11/24/2015 4:34:13 PM
you should be embarrassed that you posted this alex

11/24/2015 4:37:47 PM
Wow, write a fcking book then man.

anonymous
11/24/2015 4:48:20 PM
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anonymous
11/24/2015 5:02:11 PM
keyboardist writes novel about being out of one of the worst bands in the scene. next.

anonymous
11/24/2015 5:15:53 PM
I fcking love A Memoria Brooded and just found out they split up and now find out this probably was part of the reason why. They were so fcking goddamn heavy. Why anyone would want to play in issues to begin with is beyond me. What the shit. At least bring back AMB. It's only the right thing to do.

anonymous
11/24/2015 5:23:44 PM
Damn, he didn't have to write out his entire life story. Ty was a great addition to Issues but let's be real, they'll be fine without him. Will he be fine without them is the question...

anonymous
11/24/2015 5:57:52 PM
Currently I have a new manager, and am in the studio 24/7 working on production for artists and remixes, playing in a band with some of my closest homies in LA, and loving life.

Oh, aren't we, the residents of the world, so fortunate?

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anonymous
11/24/2015 6:15:51 PM
Self righteous shit bird alert

anonymous
11/24/2015 6:49:42 PM
Dude needs to SCOUT an editor, AMIRITE?!

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anonymous
11/24/2015 7:13:18 PM
Never in my life did I ever think I'd read a lame ass head line like this one. fck you dude.

anonymous
11/24/2015 7:14:29 PM
Too long, didn't motherfcking read. Bro, your job is the same of a laptop. No one gives a shit.

anonymous
11/24/2015 7:16:58 PM
I jacked off to some pretty sweet porn before I read this, now I'm going to jack off again. The world keeps spinning.

anonymous
11/24/2015 7:18:39 PM
Shitty dude in a shitty band posts a shitty statement about leaving the shitty band to focus on his shitty job and his shitty life.

anonymous
11/24/2015 7:54:20 PM
By the length of this 'statement', are you sure this wasn't written by randy blythe?

anonymous
11/24/2015 7:58:01 PM
Why must it ALWAYS be an opportunity to present their essay writing skills whenever some nobody in a metal related band leaves said band?

anonymous
11/24/2015 8:04:00 PM
Dude you play the fcking keyboard. Ain't nobody give a shit.

anonymous
11/24/2015 10:07:22 PM
Not djent... Oh well... Next article please
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anonymous
11/24/2015 10:37:02 PM
This post should have been titled any of these:
Ty Acord of Issues quits band
Keyboardist of Issues quits band
Issues keyboardist, Ty Accord, quits band

Because Issues with an apostrophe after it looks weird and the name Ty Acord is basically just two made-up words that fall well outside of common North American naming conventions. What I mean is that this news articles title was fking hard to read.

anonymous
11/25/2015 6:41:39 AM
Had to look up which label they were on and...SURPRISE SURPRISE.....Rise Records.

Now the whiny, self-righteous, long-winded, entitled "press statement" makes perfect sense.

WTF do they actually teach entitlement workshops over there at Rise?

anonymous
11/25/2015 6:45:39 AM
Jesus dude count the "I's" and "me's" in that bs statement.

I could write an equally long piece on how bewildered I am that this dude really thinks anyone cares about any of this.

anonymous
11/25/2015 7:33:06 AM
Will be playing for Michael Barr

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anonymous
11/25/2015 9:35:24 AM
the korn album issues is better than anything this band has, and ever will do

anonymous
11/25/2015 10:20:33 AM
What a fruit.

anonymous
11/25/2015 10:43:46 AM
Tie a cord.

anonymous
11/25/2015 10:50:16 AM
who fcking cares? who fcking write a fcking long book for a fcking noname like him?

anonymous
11/25/2015 12:37:52 PM
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anonymous
11/25/2015 3:00:21 PM
i don't know who you people think you are pretending to be me but i don't appreciate it. it sucks to know that people with no lives have nothing better to do than to pretend to be someone else on the internet. I've done much more than any of you combine.

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anonymous
11/25/2015 4:54:04 PM
'Tie a cord.'

LOL made me laugh you fcking fruitcake

anonymous
11/26/2015 11:02:58 AM
Misha Mansoor > all these issues clowns

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11/27/2015 8:03:08 AM
-Misha Mansoor ^

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11/27/2015 2:31:31 PM
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11/28/2015 5:49:28 PM
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11/29/2015 6:44:11 PM
Didn't read

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