Of Mice & Men (band)

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Of Mice & Men
Of Mice & Men November 2010.jpg
Of Mice & Men live in 2010
Background information
Origin Costa Mesa, California
Genres Metalcore[1][2][3]
Years active 2009–present
Labels Rise
Associated acts Attack Attack!, A Static Lullaby, Sky Eats Airplane, Me Versus the Moon, Odd Project, Jamie's Elsewhere, Covette, Though She Wrote, Chapters, Dayshell, Confide
Members
  • Austin Carlile
  • Aaron Pauley
  • Alan Ashby
  • Phil Manansala
  • Valentino Arteaga
Past members

Of Mice & Men is an American metalcore band from Costa Mesa, California. The group was founded by Austin Carlile and Jaxin Hall during mid-2009 after Carlile's departure from Attack Attack!. The name of the band is derived from John Steinbeck's novel of the same title.

History

Formation and debut album (2009–2010)

Of Mice & Men was founded by Austin Carlile, the original vocalist of Attack Attack!, and bassist Jaxin Hall, an import from Auckland, New Zealand during 2009 in Columbus, Ohio.[4] The two recorded their demo "Seven Thousand Miles for What?" with the band Though She Wrote at Paper Tiger Studios in Columbus. Carlile and Hall searched for other members for about a month. They came across Valentino Arteaga, drummer of Lower Definition, Jon Kintz of Odd Project, and Phil Manansala, a touring guitarist for A Static Lullaby. Carlile and Hall moved to Southern California to join up with the three. A little while later, Kintz was cut from the band and replaced with Shayley Bourget. With a question at hand asking of the departure of Kintz in a Q&A for the group, Bourget jokingly stated "Jon didn't cut it." On Kintz's part, he reportedly cited that the band felt he was "partying too much."[5] After reaching 1,000,000 plays from their Myspace profile in just two months since its launch, the band uploaded a cover of Lady Gaga's song, "Poker Face". The song was mastered by Tom Denney, formerly of A Day to Remember and a copy of the demo was sent directly to Rise Records. Recognizing the band as Carlile's new musical project, Of Mice & Men was signed to the label.[6] The group then traveled to the Foundation Studios in Connersville, Indiana on July 14, 2009, with Joey Sturgis to record their self-titled debut album.

On December 6, 2009 they had two video shoots in Ventura, California for "Those in Glass Houses" and "Second & Sebring".[7] The band released their debut album on March 9, 2010 even though they planned on releasing it earlier. The album was originally intended to be released on February 23, however it was forced into a delay just days before its release, but leaked on February 10, 2010 by fans that hacked into the system.[8] The music video for "Second & Sebring" was released on Hot Topic's website[9] and made its television premiere on Headbangers Ball on March 15, 2010.[10]

The band joined the "Squash The Beef Tour" supporting Dance Gavin Dance, along with Emarosa, Tides of Man, and Of Machines. Also in 2009, Of Mice & Men was support on the Atticus Tour along with Finch, Blessthefall, Drop Dead, Gorgeous, Vanna, and Let's Get It.[11]

After completion of the Atticus Tour, the band supported I See Stars on the Leave It To The Suits Tour with We Came as Romans, Broadway, and Covendetta.

Departure of Carlile and Hall (2010–2011)

Jerry Roush, who was formerly a part of Sky Eats Airplane, soon became a permanent addition to Of Mice & Men. Originally, Roush was a substitute for Austin Carlile on The Emptiness Tour in 2010 which featured the band along with Alesana, A Skylit Drive, The Word Alive, and We Came as Romans.[12] Carlile required a heart surgery performed in the near future and was forced to not tour by his doctor. At the same time, Carlile fell in to a conflict with the other members. Through much deliberation, the band and Carlile decided to part ways.[13] The group thereafter invited Roush to front Of Mice & Men.[14] The band was featured on the cover for the 19th issue of Substream Music Press shortly after this decision.[15]

After "The Emptiness Tour", Of Mice & Men supported Attack Attack! on the "This Is A Family Tour" with In Fear and Faith, Pierce the Veil, and Emmure.[16]

Months after Roush's inception, bassist, Jaxin Hall left the group on August 23, 2010.[17] Hall considerably explained that the reasons for this decision were made to concentrate more on his personal life as well as his clothing brand, Love Before Glory.[18] Dane Poppin of A Static Lullaby substituted as a bassist for Of Mice & Men's then upcoming tour dates after Hall's departure. The group were included in the Punk Goes... compilation, Punk Goes Pop 3, covering the R&B song, "Blame It" by Jamie Foxx with Poppin on bass and is the only recording by the band to feature Roush's vocals.[19]

The band participated in Warped Tour 2010.[20]

Shortly after the conclusion of Warped Tour, Of Mice & Men toured the UK in support of August Burns Red and Blessthefall.[21]

Carlile's return with Ashby, and The Flood (2011–2012)

Carlile with music video director Cole Dabney after playing a SXSW showcase in 2011

Leading onto Roush being a part of the band for already nine months, the group confirmed on January 3, 2011 that they reached a decision to have Jerry Roush leave Of Mice & Men in favor for former vocalist and founding member, Austin Carlile to return to the group.[22] Roush posted an extended response to his firing from the band on his Twitter account.[23] Carlile was under an intention for months to start a new musical project, with fellow musician Alan Ashby, until his request to return to the group was made. Carlile and Ashby were then both accepted into Of Mice & Men, with Ashby as an entirely new member. Despite Ashby and Carlile's short-lived "drama" over Ashby exposing Carlile's brief affair with fan Delaney Michelone, they remained band mates and close friends. The group then underwent a slight arrangement, as they required a bassist after several substitutions that Dane Poppin, of A Static Lullaby, contributed to.[24] Poppin's needed return to A Static Lullaby after extensive touring with Of Mice & Men had the group move Shayley Bourget from rhythm guitar to bass guitar but remain at clean vocals where Ashby was employed as rhythm guitarist instead of being employed as the needed bassist in the group.[22]

The refreshed band began the recording process of their sophomore album titled The Flood in late January 2011. Shortly after the album's completion, the band headlined the 2011 annual Artery Across the Nation Tour with support from Woe, Is Me, Sleeping with Sirens, I Set My Friends On Fire, and The Amity Affliction.[25]

The band toured Europe and Australia in support of The Amity Affliction, along with I Killed the Prom Queen, and Deez Nuts.[26] They also later supported Asking Alexandria on a short four-day UK tour along with While She Sleeps.[27]

On May 13, 2011 Of Mice & Men released a brand new single entitled, "Still YDG'N".[28] Also, on May 24, 2011 they released a second song entitled, "Purified".[29] "Purified" has been added to the 2011 installment of Sideonedummy's annual Warped Tour compilation.[30] "The Flood" was released June 14, 2011.

Of Mice & Men participated on all of the Warped Tour 2011. They were joined by former bassist Jaxin Hall on select California dates for "Second and Sebring."[citation needed] From September 13, 2011, until October 14, 2011 Of Mice & Men supported We Came as Romans on the Im Alive Tour along with Miss May I, Texas in July, and Close to Home.[31] Afterward, the group headlined the Monster Energy Outbreak Tour with Iwrestledabearonce, I See Stars, Abandon All Ships, and That's Outrageous!. For the Fallen Dreams were also included on the first half of the tour.[32]

Departure of Shayley Bourget, The Flood Deluxe Reissue (2012)

In 2012 the group announced that they were returning to the studio to begin work on their third release. On February 9, the announcement of Shayley Bourget's departure from the band was released to the public via Facebook and YouTube.[33] Shayley had also released a video statement on YouTube, stating the reasons he had to discontinue with the band. He suffered from depression and alcoholism, along with other personal problems, and felt that he was bringing the other band members down. Shayley stated he will not be returning to the band, has since started a new project, called Dayshell, with Raul Martinez, and he is continuing on with creating new music for himself. On March 2, the band announced via Facebook that Austin Carlile would be taking over on all vocals for Of Mice & Men's third studio album.[34]

A reissue of The Flood was released on July 24, 2012. It contains 2 discs, featuring 4 brand new tracks.

For Vans Warped Tour 2012, Aaron Pauley of Jamie's Elsewhere substituted on bass guitar and clean vocals. Pauley has since stated that he is no longer a band member of Jamie's Elsewhere, but he did not leave on bad terms. It is speculated that Pauley will have a permanent position in OM&M following the Vans Warped Tour.

Restoring Force (2012–present)

On December 4, 2012 the band revealed via Facebook that they are currently writing and demoing material for their next album. The band stated "In case some of you don't already know, we are currently home from tour for the remainder of 2012 and are now back in our studio working on our brand new album! YES! An entire album of all brand new material is being written and demoed RIGHT NOW!"[35] The band entered the studio in June 2013 to begin pre-production on the album with producer David Bendeth. On October 1, 2013 it was announced that the band has finished tracking for their new album, having spent the Summer in New Jersey recording the album, with David Bendeth, who was in the processing of mixing the album.[36]

On October 17, 2013 Alternative Press released the first studio video and announced the completion of the band's third album, the band posted this statement on the completion of the album; "Over the past few months, we've been in the studio writing & recording our third full length album with producer David Bendeth. We are excited to announce that after the most in-depth recording process we have ever experienced, the album has been completed & we can't WAIT for you to hear it!"[37]

On November 26, 2013 the band released a teaser for a big announcement to come the following day.[38] The next day the band announced their third studio album named Restoring Force, due for release on January 28, 2014 in North America.[39] They also announced dates for a UK headlining tour in April 2014 with Issues and Beartooth.[40]

On December 1, 2013 the band released their first single from Restoring Force. The single, "You're Not Alone" is the band's first release with new bassist and clean vocalist Aaron Pauley.[41] They announced that Bones Exposed would be the next song released from the new album; it was released on December 23.[42]

Musical style

Of Mice & Men have often been classed under the metalcore genre, and more recently nu metal. The first album was often called a typical metalcore album, relating its efforts to the likes of The Devil Wears Prada, We Came as Romans and Attack Attack!, and that it also had an element of post-hardcore.[1][2]

The second album was seen as a differentiation from the typical modern metalcore genre, and that it had become more melodic[3][43][44] and that it had some slight nu metal elements.[45] When the band had recorded the third album, their sound had started to incorporate a lot more nu metal elements into their sound. "You're Not Alone", the band's first charting single, was compared to the style of Deftones, Disturbed and Slipknot.[46] The third album itself has also been reviewed as a mixture of nu metal and metalcore by Rocksound.[47]

Band name

When asked about the band's name origin, vocalist Austin Carlile responded with;

"The book Of Mice and Men says 'the well laid plans of mice and men often falter.' You make plans, and they get screwed up. [Jaxin Hall] and I both had plans for life, and they both got screwed up, so now we're making the most of what we can."

Former bassist Jaxin Hall also commented stating;

"The main theme of [Of Mice and Men] is the American Dream [...] and being self sufficient [...] As a band, I was thinking about that when Austin and I were thinking about forming this band that we wanted this to be our American Dream, especially considering that I'm not from America [...] So this was to be our self sufficient thing that we could live off and make our own and achieve this dream. [...] So I looked at things that happened with [past relationships] and that everyone had the best intentions with things, and that they didn't quite work out the way we wanted it to."[48]

Band members

Timeline

Discography

Of Mice & Men discography
Releases
Studio albums 3
Singles 7
Music videos 4
Unreleased 1

Studio albums

Year Album details Chart peaks Sales
US 200[49] US
Rock
[49]
US
Indie
[49]
US
Hard Rock
[49]
US
Heat
[49]
UK
Albums
UK
Rock
Aus
Albums
[50]
2010 Of Mice & Men 115 35 12 10 3  ?
2011 The Flood
  • Released: June 14, 2011
  • Label: Rise Records
  • Formats: LP, CD, digital download
28 6 5 3 US: 125,000[51]
2014 Restoring Force
  • Released: January 28, 2014
  • Label: Rise Records
  • Formats: LP, CD, digital download
4 2 1 1 17 2[52] 9 US: 85,000[53]

Singles

Year Song Album Peak Chart Positions
US Rock[49] UK Rock[54]
2010 "Second & Sebring" Of Mice & Men
"Those in Glass Houses"
2011 "Still YDG'n" The Flood
"Purified"
"Let Live"
2012 "The Depths"
2013 "You're Not Alone" Restoring Force 28 7

Music videos

Year Song Album Director Type Link
2010 "Second & Sebring" Of Mice & Men Spencer Nicholson[55][56] Narrative [1]
"Those in Glass Houses" Performance [2]
2012 "The Depths" The Flood Sitcom Soldiers[57] [3]
2014 "Bones Exposed" Restoring Force Unknown Narrative [4]

Unreleased

Year Song Description
2009 "Poker Face" (Lady Gaga cover) A demo released on the band's official MySpace.[58]

Tours

Year Name Description
2009 Squash the Beef Tour Participated with Dance Gavin Dance, Emarosa, Tides of Man, and Of Machines.[59]
Atticus Tour 2009 Participated with Finch, Blessthefall, Drop Dead, Gorgeous, Vanna, and Lets Get It.[60]
Leave It to the Suits Tour Participated with I See Stars, We Came as Romans, and Broadway.[61]
The Emptiness Tour Participated with Alesana, A Skylit Drive, The Word Alive, and We Came as Romans.[62]
2010 The Rise Records Tour Participated with The Bled, In Fear and Faith, and The Color Morale.[63]
Vans Warped Tour 2010 Played on the Skullcandy Stage.[64]
European Tour 2010 Participated with August Burns Red and Blessthefall.[21]
This Is a Family Tour Participated with Attack Attack!, Pierce the Veil, In Fear and Faith and Emmure.[16]
2011 Artery Across the Nation Tour Headlined with support from I Set My Friends On Fire, Sleeping with Sirens, Woe, Is Me, and The Amity Affliction.[25]
European Tour Participated with Asking Alexandria and While She Sleeps on a short four day tour.[27]
Destroy Music Tour Participated with The Amity Affliction, I Killed the Prom Queen and Deez Nuts.[26]
2011 Vans Warped Tour Participated in the whole tour.[65]
Monster Energy Outbreak Tour Headlined with support from Abandon All Ships, I See Stars, and iwrestledabearonce.
Decade of Destruction tour Co-headlined with As I Lay Dying, along with The Ghost Inside, Iwrestledabearonce, and Sylosis as supports.[66]
2012 Eurpoean tour Headlined with support acts Bury Tomorrow, Crossfaith and With One Last Breath.[67]
Warped Tour 2012 Performed on the Kia Soul Stage.[68]
UK Tour Headlined a UK tour with support from Memphis May Fire, and Secrets.[69]
2013 Soundwave Music Festival 2013 Participated in a nationwide tour of Australia.
Right Back At It Again tour Participated with A Day To Remember, Chunk! No, Captain Chunk!, Issues and Pierce the Veil.[70]

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