Of Mice & Men

Band: Of Mice & Men

Album: earthandsky 

VÖ: 27.09.2019

Label: Rise Records / BMG / ADA Warner

Nach den erfolgreichen Live-Shows in Europa (u.a. Wacken, Open Flair, Summer Breeze,  Reading & Leeds etc.), melden sich OF MICE & MEN mit ihrem 6. Studioalbum zurück. 

Over the course of nearly a decade, Of Mice & Men have steadily risen to the top of the genre's ranks, hitting No. 1 on Billboard's Rock and Independent Charts and No. 4 on the genre-spanning Top 200. The band has also racked up close to 5 million social media followers, along with a following so dedicated that it's practically disciple-like in its fandom. Through the years, they've shared stages with artists such as Metallica, Linkin Park, Slipknot, and Queens of the Stone Age, holding their own all the while winning over new fans with each performance.

Song quotes:


"'Earth & Sky2  is a song about resilience. It's about understanding that you can rise above whatever it is that keeps trying to drag you down, no matter what. For me, a lot of the time, I'm writing about battling with my own mind. For you, it may be a person, or an obstacle, or a circumstance. Regardless of whatever it is that's trying relentlessly to drag you down, I hope this song empowers you to rise above it with authority, like it does me every time I sing it.“

Mushroom Cloud

"I was pretty young when I became aware of the danger of spending too much time in my own head,“ kommentiert Sänger/Bassist Aaron Pauley. "My mind has never been a safe place for me to retreat to, and it's something I have to consciously deal with on a daily basis. 'Mushroom Cloud' is our visceral representation of how it feels to be trapped, how it feels to be cut down by your own inner voice, how it feels to have nowhere to hide, and how it feels to be someone with a mind that's as dangerous to themselves as the aftermath of an atomic weapon.“

"'How to Survive“

"'How to Survive' is an anthem for those who have been the receiving end of unmerited and targeted hatred and abuse," said singer and bassist Aaron Pauley, offering a deeper insight into the impactful song. "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 and that their thoughts, feelings, and opinions don't matter to the world. It's for the person who has been told that they're worthless, useless, or not good enough, time and time again. It's for the person who's repeatedly been targeted by those who only seek to tear others around them down."

He further stated, "This song is for them. This song is for me. I am them, and I'm still standing. So, turn it up. Feel the rage. If you, too, are that person, you will know it well, and it will greet you like an old friend.“

The song is the first taste of new music from the Southern California quartet since last year's much-praised Defy album, which Loudwire proclaimed "delivers the sound fans have come to expect (big hooks, monster grooves and singalong melodies) while still breaking some new ground." RockSound labeled it "a lean beast of a record that gets right to the point." AllMusic declared it an "album warrants attention for its melody, power, and pure catchiness — a new and satisfying lease on life.

„Taste Of Regret“
Aaron Pauley: "Taste of Regret is a song about knowing when to pick your battles, and also knowing when to shut your mouth and bite your tongue. "Loose lips sink ships," as the age old cliché goes. There's a lot of truth in that though. One's loud mouth can ruin their life.”

Drummer Tino Arteaga: "pulling inspiration from old psychological thrillers & filmmaking from the 70’s & 80’s, Taste of Regret continues our ongoing visual narrative of the previous 3 videos for this album at analternate point in the timeline.”

Infos zur vorherigen VÖ:

Band: Of Mice & Men

Album: Defy

VÖ: 19.01.2018

Label: Rise Records / BMG / ADA Warner


Einer der führenden Metal-Rock-Bands OF MICE & MEN kündigt ihr neues Album "Defy" für den 19. Januar bei Rise Records/BMG/Warner an und hat mit dem Video zu "Warzone" auch gleich einen Vorboten in der Hinterhand!

Sänger und Bassist Aaron Pauley kommentiert: "We're excited to be debuting the music video for 'Warzone' today, a song from our new album, Defy. For us, this new album encapsulates and showcases our desire to return to an aggressive, live-oriented sound, and 'Warzone' is one of the heaviest tracks on the album. Because we love releasing new music as often as we can, it only seemed fitting to release it right before our massive EU/UK tour with In Flames and Five Finger Death Punch this Fall/Winter. So turn it up, and bang your head.“

Bei „Defy“ handelt es sich um die erste Aufnahmen, seit dem Ausstieg des Sängers Austin Carlile, der krankheitsbedingt die Band verlassen musste. Bassist Aaron Pauley übernimmt nun den Gesang.

Bereits im Frühjahr haben OF MICE & MEN die beiden Singles "Unbreakable" und "Back To Me" veröffentlicht, die bereits über 7 Millionen Mal bei Spotify gestreamt wurden und 5 Millionen Views verzeichnen können.

"Defy" wurde von Howard Benson (My Chemical Romance, Three Days Grace) produziert und von Chris Lord (Green Day, Breaking Benjamin, Rise Against) gemastert.

01. Defy
02. Instincts
03. Back to Me
04. Sunflower
05. Unbreakable
06. Vertigo
07. Money
08. How Will You Live
09. On The Inside
10. Warzone
11. Forever YDG'n
12. If We Were Ghosts