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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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  • broflovski_

    Они шикарны ♥

    21 Nov 1:00pm Reply
  • vals81

    Here pics of the Berlin show:

    20 Nov 12:35pm Reply
  • Jeeenyus

    Restoring Force got me into OM&M, The Flood and self titled has made me stay into them.

    19 Nov 2:28pm Reply
  • Nyappybunny


    11 Nov 3:15pm Reply
  • foofighter2

    You're Not Alone!!!!

    10 Nov 4:23pm Reply
  • sephi-san

    Saw these guys open for Linkin Park last night in Amsterdam, sound great live

    8 Nov 11:21am Reply
  • Slipknot58Rus


    7 Nov 12:52pm Reply
  • VinograD-


    31 Oct 12:01pm Reply
  • Aki_Kato

    Hello! Listen and download my project!

    31 Oct 8:58am Reply
  • Nyappybunny

    Would you still be there <33

    29 Oct 2:43pm Reply
  • heartshred

    Can't wait to see them in a month! Great music!

    17 Oct 11:59am Reply
  • inthesameroom

    Bones Exposed sounds nothing like BMTH. Clean your damn ears out.

    4 Oct 6:45pm Reply
  • Ivar91

    Great show in Norway this summer. That was amazing seeing them way up here.

    3 Oct 4:49pm Reply
  • 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
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