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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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  • MisterRobbie

    This is shit straight from the cow's ass.

    26 Sep 1:28am Reply
  • joshb03

    I've seen these guys three times now (one of which was an acoustic set) and they've impressed me each time. Given that they're one of my all time favorite bands, I'll always support them no matter the direction they may go in. /m/

    24 Sep 2:40am Reply
  • bobo9390

    calling ppl "emos" in 2k14 lol [2] that's what all the football players in high school called me when I was 15, which is now bordering on a decade ago. Get new insults. Hipster seems to be a popular one now.

    8 Sep 2:04am Reply
  • Poopydude13

    I really enjoy Restoring Force, but I feel like this band lost me somewhere along the way. Seeing them live at Warped Tour this year, it didn't feel like they were part of the "scene" anymore. It feels like they've outgrown all of their contemporaries bar A Day to Remember and Bring Me the Horizon, and that's fantastic. I'm happy for them, it just sort of happened out of nowhere.

    5 Sep 2:23pm Reply
  • TDcore

    @sancezz: Couldn't agree more, bro.

    3 Sep 4:05pm Reply
  • sancezz

    I'd have said Bones Exposed was closer to Antivist. It seems these two bands are going on a similar path with their most recent albums. They both focus on similar vocal deliveries and similar riff ideas, song pacing etc. The thing is, they're having a different take on it. Both Restoring Force and Sempiternal are good. This will happen with every popular genre that comes out; after all, if people like the sound of a genre, the bands contributing to it will probably sound similar!

    3 Sep 5:36am Reply
  • Indy_ingle

    @TDcore sigh...The Flood was perfect, songs was different and catchy unlike Restoring Force... lol listen "Bones Exposed" by o&m and "House of Wolves" by bmth and brush your ears ;)

    2 Sep 9:36am Reply
  • TDcore

    @Indy_ingle: I really think you people have a very loose term of what defines "Nu Metal". Also, are you trying to say this band was "unique" before? Don't get me wrong, they've always been good, but as far as the music itself goes, they used to be exactly like 99% of modern metalcore. Every song on Restoring Force sounds different than the next, and that's why I like it. And saying they sound like BMTH? Bro....what kind of stuff are you smoking?

    2 Sep 4:51am Reply
  • CHASINGXGHOSTS

    This band has fell off so hard.

    1 Sep 5:35am Reply
  • Indy_ingle

    @TDcore omg, "unqiue sound"? "Restoring Force" sound like any other nu metal band and couple of songs sound like bmth lol so...what kind of unique sound you are talking about?

    31 Aug 3:29pm Reply
  • sancezz

    I'm very glad these guys are supporting Linkin Park this year; don't think I've ever looked forward to seeing a support band so much. I'd never have bothered listening if not for this tour, so thank you LP's managers and tour organisers!

    26 Aug 1:34pm Reply
  • sancezz

    @CPwn it's in the attitude, the speed of vocal delivery, the general vibe even. It's something difficult to quantify but some of those riffs are unmistakably nu-metal tinged to me. If you compare what Metalcore was in the mid 2000s (Trivium, Killswitch, God Forbid, etc.) to what it is now, these newer metalcore bands have a greater emphasis on electronics and emotional screaming and very high energy music, less influence from thrash bands. Maybe I am talking out of my arse, but that's the vibe I get. Anyway, these guys have come a long way musically since their debut album. Restoring Force is a very good album. The change in tone and music is a good thing for a band like this I think.

    21 Aug 11:13am Reply
  • MariianaAlvez

    TDcore I think I've never read something so... I don't know solid? Lmao. What you said is exactly what I think.

    16 Aug 4:56pm Reply
  • TDcore

    Honestly, before Restoring Force came out I thought these guys we pretty average. Don't get me wrong, they weren't bad, but I never liked the screaming style Austin Carlile used and they sounded too much like everything else in the genre. Now they have a unqiue sound and I like Austin's new scream better. The new album wasn't a masterpiece or anything, but it was fairly solid, and if they continue to build this new sound, they could be quite good.

    15 Aug 7:58pm Reply
  • Yelyah-Williams

    tumblrcore

    14 Aug 3:46pm Reply
  • CPwn

    im no hearing this nu metal influence

    13 Aug 12:48am Reply
  • sancezz

    Restoring Force sounds alright...so many shades of Nu Metal, it seems modern metalcore is completely influenced by early 2000s, which I was waiting for, but tbh I never expected the sound of this, Asking Alexandria, BMTH etc to come from Korn and Slipknot.

    12 Aug 8:53pm Reply
  • FightToTheFire

    Implying emo is dead my sides.

    11 Aug 12:18pm Reply
  • iPowers

    calling ppl "emos" in 2k14 lol [2]

    9 Aug 3:58pm Reply
  • inthesameroom

    Decent band.

    9 Aug 1:13am Reply
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