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Costa Mesa, California, United States (2009 – present)

Of Mice & Men is a band formed in Costa Mesa, California, United States in 2009 by Austin Carlile and Jaxin Hall after Carlile’s departure from Attack Attack!. The name of the band is derived from John Steinbeck’s novel of the same title.

The current line-up consists of Carlile (ex. Attack Attack!), Phil Manansala, Valentino Arteaga (ex. Lower Definition), Aaron Pauley (ex. Jamie’s Elsewhere) and Alan Ashby.

Shortly after forming, Carlile and Hall enlisted the help of Though She Wrote to create their first collaborative demo track “Seven Thousand Miles For What?” and later began recruiting the remaining band members.

After a short time, original guitarist Jon Kintz was replaced, solidifying the line up with Valentino Arteaga on drums, Shayley Bourget (ex. Covette) on guitar and vocals, and Phil Manansala (ex. A Static Lullaby) on guitar. The band then set about creating their self-titled debut album, released in March 2010 via Rise Records.

After heart surgery ahead of a gruelling tour schedule and growing tensions within the band forced Carlile to step down, former Sky Eats Airplane vocalist Jerry Roush took up his duties in 2010. This sparked a string of line-up changes that saw the departure of founding member Jaxin Hall, movement of Bourget from rhythm guitar to bass, the recruitment of an entirely new member in Alan Ashby and culminating in Carlile’s return to the mic in 2011.

Between touring that year the band completed work on their sophomore effort, The Flood which would later be reissued in a deluxe format featuring 4 extra tracks in 2012. Early that year Bourget left the band due to personal issues and at present Carlile has taken over all vocal duties.


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  • joshb03

    @TDcore you realize they were saying The Flood is a good album, right?

    yesterday evening Reply
  • Nefarione

    The flood>everything they created and are about to release in the future [3]

    Yesterday 8:57pm Reply
  • TDcore

    @XDMANISH and kyeongsu: You have to be kidding me. Please go listen to The Flood again. And try using your ears this time. Restoring Force looks like One Direction next to that masterpiece. I mean...I like RF. But come on people...

    Yesterday 8:53pm Reply
  • kyeongsu

    The flood>everything they created and are about to release in the future [2]

    29 Mar 11:28am Reply

    The flood>everything they created and are about to release in the future

    28 Mar 5:30pm Reply
  • Yelonas

    they really sound like coldrain now, especially cleans

    27 Mar 5:22am Reply
  • dcshoeco

    I honestly don't think I could pick a favorite album for this band, I love them all equally. I'll always be a die hard fan.

    23 Mar 5:07pm Reply
  • dcshoeco

    Why didn't you like The Flood? V

    23 Mar 5:07pm Reply
  • bobo9390

    I love the Self-Titled and Restoring Force. I really don't like The Flood that much though.

    23 Mar 5:34am Reply
  • Awfulest

    I actually like some songs from the new album but I actually hate the whiny cliché lyrics like "IT'S GONNA BE OKAY, FIGHT IT, YOU ARE NOT ALONE, FEELS LIKE FOREVER BUT FIGHT THE PAIN". Austin really knows how to get money from Tumblr kids that think it's cool to proclaim serious mental disorders on themselves

    18 Mar 10:33pm Reply
  • Andrey_Sav6666

    the flood заебца, а последний не вкатил чет :\\

    17 Mar 11:44am Reply
  • TDcore

    I didn't mind Restoring Force at all, it still had plenty of good, heavy songs on it (Bones Exposed, You Make Me Sick, Public Service Announcement, Glass Hearts, Break Free) and some good softer ones (Another You, Identity Disorder) but I really don't like the bonus tracks on the re-release at all. I don't mind when bands change their sound. I just would prefer they stay in the same genre. And none of these new songs sound like hardcore at all. If their next album sounds like all of the new songs, it's going to suck bad. Seriously, Aaron has a great singing voice, but I don't like that he seems to be taking over the whole band. I love Austin's screams. All I ask is that they don't lose their hardcore sound. We don't have enough good core bands that stay core. Anyone else agree?

    12 Mar 9:38pm Reply
  • SXR85G

    very sad what happened to Of Mice & Women after The Flood. Carlile destroy this talented band to get money from little kids, who listen everyday KoЯn and slipshit. I can't feel the breath of fresh air or the genius riffs folowed by exciting breakdowns in their new album.

    5 Mar 8:36pm Reply
  • blacklight_x

    not a bad album

    27 Feb 1:08am Reply
  • iPowers

    New songs are really fucking good!

    26 Feb 5:57pm Reply
  • mackguerra

    new song are amazing

    24 Feb 4:24pm Reply
  • Prissy-93

    Love for the new songs <3

    22 Feb 5:10pm Reply
  • lolokard

    alien_two, пропитывают свой саунд началом нулевых.

    21 Feb 11:40am Reply
  • alien_two

    нюху чтоль заиграли?

    20 Feb 4:06pm Reply
  • Temka95

    New songs are cute ❤

    16 Feb 7:35pm Reply
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