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Of Mice And Men

Of Mice & Men is the title of a John Steinbeck novel. It's the story of George Milton and Lennie Small, two challenged California migrant ranch workers, seeking job opportunities during the Great Depression. The Steinbeck title is an interesting choice for a Metalcore/Nu Metal band that started in Columbus, OH before relocating to SoCal.

Vocalist Austin Carlile (formerly the frontman for Attack Attack!) provided some clarification.

"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. [Bassist 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."

Of Mice & Men's '14 album, "Restoring Force" made its debut at #4 on the Billboard 200. The album was the band's best effort to date. Though formed only five years earlier, they nearly had as many ex-members as current ones. The most notable switch out occurred following the group's self-title debut in '10.

Carlile required a heart surgery and his doctor nixed touring. Jerry Roush stepped in for the trek. This temporary fix looked like a long term solution when Carlile developed serious issues with other members leading them to part ways.

Roush was named a full-time member. As a result, Hall left to concentrate more on his personal life as well as his clothing brand, Love Before Glory. So the two guys who got the whole thing rolling were now gone.

But just nine months later, Carlile was asked to return, which he did, and Roush was out. Carlile, who had been working on a separate project with Alan Ashby, brought the rhythm guitarist along with him. But guitarist Shayley Bourget, who moved to bass upon Ashby's arrival, departed in '12, the same year the group rolled out their sophomore set, "The Flood." Bourget was replaced by Aaron Pauley prior to the '12 Vans Warped Tour.

In December of the following year, "You're Not Alone," the first single from "Restoring Force," Of Mice & Men's third full-length effort, hit. The album came out just weeks later.

The group's Full Circle Tour, which featured new songs, came to an abrupt halt in June of '15 when Carlile was hospitalized again due to a connective tissue disorder called Marfan Syndrome (which affects his connective tissue and causes weakness in his heart, lungs, ears, joints and muscles). Following emergency medical attention, he was released from the hospital. But the problem persisted. Five months later, Carlile announced plans to undergo hip and back surgery.

Of Mice & Men delivered "Live At Brixton," in '16. It was their first concert album and their first effort since Carlile's hospitalization.

That same year, "Cold World" dropped. The album featured the track "Pain." The set went to #20 on the Billboard 200.

Carlile's health issues eventually forced him to leave Of Mice And Men. Marfan Syndrome made it impossible to him to perform at the intense levels required. "It's with heavy hearts that we announce Austin's departure from the band for reasons pertaining to his health," read a '16 band statement.

Pauley, already contributing vocals, took over as the lead singer. The band performed for the first time without Carlile at the Las Rageous Festival (4/21/17) in Las Vegas. Two days later, they released the single "Unbreakable," their first single with Pauley's lead vocals.

"Unbreakable" was also the title of a short Of Mice & Men YouTube documentary that "addressed the struggles and triumphs of the band after losing a vital part of the show."

Of Mice & Men issued the full-length "Defy" in early '18. While the album did well on the Billboard Top Hard Rock (#3) and Top Rock (#7) charts it came nowhere near 'Cold World" (the last album with Carlile) on the Billboard 200 peaking at #48.

Within months, Carlile announced his return to music during the Marfan Foundation's annual Family Conference. "Different scene. Different music. But it's happening," stated Carlile when asked about possibly resuming his career.

He also expressed his appreciation for the support he had received. "I love being a part of a community of others than actually understand what it is like living daily with a chronic disease and overcoming constant chronic pain."

With no album immediately in sight, Of Mice & Men dropped the '19 single "How To Survive," with vocals again by Pauley. "'How To Survive' is an anthem for those who have been the receiving end of unmerited and targeted hatred and abuse," commented the bassist. "It's for the kid who was bullied, beat up, and ignored in school. It's for the teenager who was told that they'll never amount to anything."

Of Mice And Men Discography


2010 Of Mice & Men
2011 The Flood
2014 Restoring Force
2016 Cold World
2018 Defy

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