Austin Carlile

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Austin Carlile
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Austin Carlile performing with Of Mice & Men
Background information
Birth nameAustin Robert Carlile
Born (1987-09-27) September 27, 1987 (age 31)
Pensacola, Florida, U.S.
OriginColumbus, Ohio, U.S.
  • Singer
  • songwriter
  • musician
  • baseball coach[1]
  • Vocals
  • guitar
  • keyboards
  • saxophone
Years active2006–present[2]
Associated acts

Austin Robert Carlile (born September 27, 1987) is an American musician and baseball coach from Pensacola, Florida. He is the former lead vocalist of Attack Attack! and Of Mice & Men. After leaving Of Mice & Men, he went to coach youth baseball in Costa Rica.[1] Austin played sports in high school but eventually, due to having to require multiple surgeries from Marfan syndrome as a teenager, he turned to music as an interest. In late 2016, Carlile departed from Of Mice & Men due to Marfan Syndrome and is currently residing in Guanacaste, Costa Rica.

Musical career[edit]

Attack Attack! (2006–2008)[edit]

Carlile formed Attack Attack! (originally called Ambiance) around 2006 when Johnny Franck, Andrew Whiting, Nick White, and Andrew Wetzel met Carlile while playing in local high school bands.[3][4] In 2008, halfway through a tour supporting Maylene and the Sons of Disaster, Confide, A Static Lullaby, and Showbread.[5] Carlile was replaced by Nick Barham, brother of Sleeping with Sirens drummer Gabe Barham.[6] Carlile said it was for "personal reasons" that he left the band.[7]

Of Mice & Men (2009–2010, 2011–2016)[edit]

Carlile performing with Of Mice & Men in 2011

On October 8, 2009, the same day Carlile announced that he was no longer a part of Attack Attack!, he officially announced the formation of his new project, Of Mice & Men, with Jaxin Hall (bassist). Their first release was "Seven Thousand Miles for What?". They also did a cover of Lady Gaga's "Poker Face", then soon after released "No Really, It's Fine". Soon after, Austin and Jaxin started to gather up the other members of the band. The band recruited several members of already-existing bands, such as Phil Manansala (lead guitarist) from A Static Lullaby, and Valentino Arteaga (drummer) from Lower Definition.[8] Their self-titled debut album was officially announced to be released on February 23, 2010, but was delayed until March 9 for finishes on production.[9] In 2010, Austin was unable to tour with Of Mice & Men, because he needed to have major heart surgery, and his health prevented him from touring.[10][11][12][13] Jerry Roush from Sky Eats Airplane served as the tour replacement for Austin. Roush then became a permanent substitute, even after Carlile was able to tour again.[14][15][16] In September 2010, shortly after the departure of Craig Owens of Chiodos, rumors that Carlile would replace him circulated quickly, but were denied when Brandon Bolmer was announced as vocalist.[17] A fake tweet from Carlile's account was produced making it seem that Carlile would be joining Chiodos as vocalist.[18]

Carlile re-joined the band on January 3, 2011.[19]

In November 2012, after the death of Suicide Silence singer Mitch Lucker, Carlile appeared on Ending is the Beginning: The Mitch Lucker Memorial Show singing the song "O.C.D."

In the early morning of March 30, 2013, Carlile was arrested in Bowling Green, Ohio with drum technician Lionel Robinson II, he was later charged with felonious assault.[20] The band missed two shows on the "Right Back at It Again" tour with A Day to Remember and Chunk! No, Captain Chunk! as a result. Carlile's mugshot was released two days later.[21] Carlile was released on bail and ordered not to have any contact with the victim.[22] On April 29, 2013, Carlile's original charge of felonious assault was reduced to misdemeanor assault by the judge, and he was subsequently found guilty. He was fined $1,000 plus court expenses, although $800 of the fine was suspended.[23]

In October 2016, the band pulled out in the midst of a European tour so that Carlile could seek medical treatment after experiencing pain during a show in Portsmouth.[24] In late November, Carlile elaborated in a series of tweets that, as a sufferer of Marfan syndrome, he wouldn't "get better" and that he had undergone multiple surgeries "just so I can function/live."[25]

On December 30, 2016, Austin Carlile posted on his Instagram and Twitter an open letter stating that he's leaving the band to focus on healing, moving on, and getting better after settling in Costa Rica, saying "...with the closing of one door, another will open." He also said that he "will not stop playing music" and that he is "still able to sing and I'm hungry for what is next to come even though I have no idea what that may be."[26]

It was revealed on February 17, 2017 that one of the other reasons Carlile had left the band was because he wasn't allowed to write what he wanted on the next record.[27] In a reply to an Instagram comment[28] about whether or not he would be working with Of Mice & Men in the future, he said "No I will no longer be writing with them, one of the reasons I left. They weren't going to let me write what I wanted on next record. That's not gonna happen. I will write what I want despite what that means giving up."

In August 2018, different rumors spread about Austin Carlile saying he was going to join Linkin Park. The singer, through a post on Twitter, denied these rumors and confirmed that he's currently working on a new project.[29]

Future Projects (2017 - present)[edit]

In January of 2019 Austin posted a (now deleted) video on Twitter showing a snippet of a future song for a yet to be announce music project.


Personal life[edit]

On May 13, 2005, Carlile's mother passed away at the age of 38 due to an aneurysm. She also had an undiagnosed Marfan syndrome, a disease Carlile would genetically inherit.[31][32] Although raised Catholic, Carlile became disillusioned with the religion for a while in the wake of his mother's sudden death. However, on July 3, 2016, Carlile was baptized and identifies as Christian ever since.[33][34]


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  2. ^ "Rock Feed". YouTube.
  3. ^ True, Chris; Leahey, Andrew. "Attack Attack! Bio - Attack Attack! Career". MTV Artists. Rovi. Retrieved November 15, 2015.
  4. ^ Wetzel, Richard (2013-06-17). The Globalization of Music in History. Routledge. pp. 127–130. ISBN 9781136626241. Andrew is the author's grandson, see notes p. 178.
  5. ^ "Maylene & the Sons of Disaster, A Static Lullaby, Showbread, Confide, Attack Attack!". Chicago Reader. Retrieved 28 October 2014.
  6. ^ Johnson, Adra (2015-05-22). "5 Questions with Nick Barham of Brightwell". Anchor Music News. Retrieved 2016-05-04.
  7. ^ "Featured Content on Myspace". Myspace.
  8. ^ Carlile, Austin (November 18, 2009). "No, I am not in ATTACK ATTACK anymore – Austin Carlile's MySpace Blog". MySpace. Archived from the original on September 7, 2014. Retrieved December 30, 2009.
  9. ^ Reid, Sean. "Alter The Press!: Of Mice and Men Announce Debut Album Release Date". Alter the Press!. Retrieved December 30, 2009.
  10. ^ Karan, Tim (2010-04-04). "Austin Carlile: "I quit Of Mice & Men"". Alternative Press. Retrieved 2015-04-06.
  11. ^ Bayer, Jonah (2012-12-27). "The PV Q&A: Of Mice & Men's Austin Carlile Talks Work Ethic & Drive: 'I don't think anything worth having should come free or should come easily'". PureVolume. Retrieved 2015-04-06.
  12. ^ "When I was 18 years old, a couple of months after..." Of Mice & Men Appreciation. 2010-03-30. Retrieved 2015-04-06.
  13. ^ "Visuals from Surgery". Of Mice & Men Appreciation. 2010-06-07. Retrieved 2015-04-06.
  14. ^ "Statement in regards to our screamer!". Of Mice & Men's Blog. MySpace. April 5, 2010. Archived from the original on June 5, 2013.
  15. ^ Shotwell, James (2010-07-04). "Austin Carlile has one request for Jerry Roush and Of Mice and Men". Alternative Press. Retrieved 2015-04-06.
  16. ^ Shotwell, James (2010-07-05). "Jerry Roush responds to Austin Carlile's request". Alternative Press. Retrieved 2015-04-06.
  17. ^ Mahoney, Josh (February 11, 2010). "Chiodos' New Vocalist...? – Damaged Press". Damaged Press. Archived from the original on February 20, 2010. Retrieved October 6, 2010.
  18. ^ "AUSTIN CARLILE CONFIRMED AS NEW CHIODOS VOCALIST". Strike Gently. September 26, 2009. Archived from the original on July 16, 2011. Retrieved October 6, 2010.
  19. ^ Karan, Tim (January 3, 2011). "Alt Press Exclusive: Austin Carlile back in Of Mice & Men". Alternative Press. Retrieved January 4, 2011.
  20. ^ Zarrillo, Zack (April 1, 2013). "POZ Exclusive: Austin Carlile Arrested For Felonious Assault; Being Released From Jail Today". PropertyOfZack. Retrieved 2014-06-23.
  21. ^ "Lead singer from of Mice & Men arrested Saturday morning – The BG News: City". The BG News. April 1, 2013. Retrieved 2014-06-23.
  22. ^ "UPDATE: Austin Carlile Arraigned; Preliminary Hearing Scheduled For April 15". Under the Gun Review. Retrieved 2014-06-23.
  23. ^ Shotwell, James (April 29, 2013). "Exclusive: Austin Carlie Found Guilty of Misdemeanor Assault". Spin Music, a division of SpinMedia. Retrieved April 18, 2014.
  24. ^ Trendell, Andrew (October 11, 2016), Of Mice & Men cancel the rest of their tour due to illness, NME
  25. ^ Trendell, Andrew (December 1, 2016), Of Mice and Men’s Austin Carlile’s devastating message to fans: ‘I won’t get better’, NME
  26. ^ "Instagram photo by Austin Carlile • Dec 30, 2016 at 11:03pm UTC".
  27. ^ "Austin Carlile reveals part of the reason behind his Of Mice & Men exit". February 17, 2017.
  28. ^
  29. ^ Carlile, Austin (August 28, 2018). "Chester is one in a billion. There's no way myself or anyone else for that matter would ever be able to replace him. Performing "Faint" every night on our European tour together & festivals stateside, was one of the most special memories of my career. New project, yes. LP, no".
  30. ^ "That's Outrageous! collaboration with Austin Carlile". Alt Press Online. Alt Press. Retrieved March 27, 2011.
  31. ^
  32. ^ "Austin Carlile gives emotional speech: "I couldn't perform anymore"". June 24, 2017.
  33. ^ Childers, Chad. "Of Mice & Men Singer Austin Carlile Gets Baptized". Loudwire.
  34. ^ Loudwire (October 20, 2016). "Of Mice & Men - Wikipedia: Fact or Fiction?" – via YouTube.

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