If you are curious what Of Mice & Men would sound like without their lead singer Austin Carlile, your questions are answered. The band that recently witnessed the departure of their founder and front man has released a new song and music video titled “Unbreakable.” Bassist Aaron Pauley stepped up to the plate and took over as lead and solo vocalist in a big way, proving the band will stay afloat just fine.
The Howard Benson produced new track “Unbreakable” contains a unique blend of the bands previous sound mixed with an edgy new side that fans are sure to love. Aaron spoke about the song recently saying,
“We’re incredibly excited for the world to hear our brand new song, ‘Unbreakable,’ which is all about staring fear in the face, overcoming fear’s ability to keep you stagnant and telling it where it stands. This transitional time, we’ve felt the tremendous outpouring of love, encouragement and support from our fans around the world and we can’t wait to see you all soon. None of this would be possible without you, and we thank you all, endlessly.”
The band needed the evolution and had no choice but to accept change. Lead singer and founder Austin Carlile didn’t leave on bad terms with the rest of the band. In fact the reason for his departure are strictly health related and hold a heavy weight on the band that would rather have kept its original line up. Pauley commented about the situation saying,
“If you followed the media reports over the past year along with Austin‘s statement, having to leave because of his health. I think we… I don’t know, it’s hard to talk about. It’s still not an easy thing to think about the future without him. One of the things that Austin expressed to us was that he really wanted us to keep going. He didn’t really want this to slow anything down as far as playing shows or anything else. For us we took a few days to decide that.”
Carlile announced he would be leaving the band late last year, blaming Marfan syndrome, a disorder that causes tears in his spine leaving him extremely susceptible to permanent and irrevocable damage.
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