Of Mice and Men

Arts and Entertainment

By Elizabeth Chapa
Staff Writer

Of Mice & Men released the much-anticipated album “Restoring Force” on Jan. 28, following their album “The Flood,” released back in 2011. Two days before the album dropped, “Restoring Force” made it to number two on the iTunes Rock chart on just pre-order. Right after it was released at midnight, the album soared to top of the charts to number one on both the Rock charts and all of iTunes.

The metal core or post-hardcore band from California formed in 2009 and was created by Austin Carlile, the former Attack Attack! vocalist, and Jaxin Hall, who is no longer in the band. Since then, the band has gone through ups and downs, with members leaving and new members joining the band. The group has been on tour with numerous well-known bands, including Pierce the Veil, Blessthefall, Alesana, and We Came as Romans. Three albums have been released by the band, which include their most recent, “Restoring Force.” Of Mice & Men has definitely become a competitor with sold-out shows, especially after the success of an earlier album “The Flood.” They gave fans a preview by releasing two singles in December from the new album: “You’re Not Alone” and “Bones Exposed.”

The majority of iTunes reviews give the album five stars and countless reviews saying that the new vocalist, Aaron Pauley and Austin Carlile, mesh well with their vocals. Clarissa Roberts, a student at Schoolcraft comments, “If you don’t have the album yet, you’re missing out.”

In the new album, Of Mice & Men is said to have gone more in the direction of rock, rather than it’s well-known post-
hardcore. Some who have fallen in love with the old band’s sound may have a hard time liking this album.

The band has progressed and gotten better with time, and they sound just as good as they have before. On the album, “Feels Like Forever,” “Bones Exposed,” and “Would You Still Be There” are some of their best tracks. The very enthused artist, Austin Carlile kept fans posted on instagram of the progress the album was making. Following the release of the album, the band went to stores that carried their album and did signings. According to Billboard news, Of Mice & Men had the best sales week they had ever experienced. The highest they have gone was up at number 28 back in 2011, accounting for the best sales when they reached at 15,000 albums sold. The release of the new album certainly became an eye-opener after Carlile posted a picture on instagram of a Billboard chart where the new album was ranked number three just days after the release. In the caption, he thanked everyone who purchased the album and those who have been talking about the album and with hashtags such as #DreamsComeTrue and #WorkHard.

The band will set on tour in the beginning of February with Bring Me the Horizon. Of Mice & Men will make its only Michigan stop, playing at Compuware Arena in Plymouth on Feb. 21 with bands We Came As Romans, Issues, Attila, and Wilson. Do not miss out on a show of this much magnitude and intensity. It will be time well spent for any music fans. For more information on the band go to http://ofmiceandmenofficial.com.