Of Mice and Men
Of Mice & Men


3.0
good

Review

by Chris Higgins USER (38 Reviews)
July 4th, 2010 | 21 replies


Release Date: 2010 | Tracklist

Review Summary: Of Mice & Men does 100% of everything we expect them to, but they do it well. Therefore their self titled debut is actually a worthy entry in the post-hardcore genre.

After his departure from Attack Attack!, Austin Carlile immediately got together with bassist Jaxin Hall to create his newest walk to fame, Of Mice & Men. In an interview with Jaxin Hall, he stated that the band name refers to the American Dream, and since Jaxin is not from America (New Zealand, to be exact) this band is meant to be his American Dream. After the two got together, drummer Valentino Arteaga, formerly of Lower Definition, had joined the band. Following him was John Kintz on guitar and Phil Manansela, also on guitar. A little while later, Phil Kintz was cut from the band and replaced by Shayley Bourget. Eventally, after signing to Rise Records (yes, another Rise project) the band went into the studio to release their self-titled full length album.

Looking back at what Austin did with Attack Attack!, people automatically assume the worst for Of Mice & Men, though Attack Attack! wasn’t a complete disaster. In fact, Of Mice & Men does nothing to set themselves apart from other entries in the post-hardcore genre, the band just does an extremely good job of doing nothing new. If that makes sense. On this debut release, you will hear tons of breakdowns, catchy choruses and Austin’s great screaming vocals, this is one of those bands that make “live play” music. Meaning that all of the music on this album is great to play live, simply because there are a lot of great audience participation moments. From breakdowns to chants, this band sets themselves to be so much fun live. That doesn’t mean this isn’t a solid listen, because this album shines at times, and these moments can be heard often throughout the album.

One of the first things you notice when the album opener, ‘YDG’ begins playing are the vocals. If you ever listen to Attack Attack!, you know that Austin has awesome screaming abilities. His screaming vocals can be set apart from other vocalists in the genre, which is a good thing since 90% of screaming vocalist sound exactly the same. The problem with Austin is that there is no real range throughout the record, he sounds the same in every single song. When ‘Seven Thousand Miles for What’ begins playing much later in the album, we eventually find ourselves somewhat annoyed at that same scream. One of the only things that saves the lack of range in Austin’s screams are Shayley's singing abilities. In the popular ‘Second & Sebring’, Shayley's voice is the strongest element of the track, aside from the personally emotional lyrics of Austin Carlile that is. Shayley has such a strong voice and the band isn’t afraid to use it, though most of the time it’s heard in the choruses, it was pleasant to hear it in more than one part of every song.

If you’re a fan of post-hardcore, than you basically know what this band is all about. You will hear an abundance of breakdowns, and unfortunately most of them can’t be told apart from one another. Every now and then though the band manages to throw one out there that catches your attention, such as in ‘John Duex Trois’. The breakdown is slow at the start, and features a great guitar riff in the background, but right when it speeds up it becomes effective. In tracks like ‘The Ballad of Tommy Clayton & The Rawding Millionaire’ and ‘This One’s For You’, the guitars stand out the most. I’m not a guitar player and I know nothing about them, but there are some pretty catchy guitar moments, especially in the beginning of ‘This One’s For You’.

Of Mice & Men certainly are making a better name for themselves then Attack Attack!, and now that Carlile was kicked out of OM&M, Jerry Roush has become the new vocalist. I’m nervous and excited to hear what Roush can do with Of Mice & Men, but when listening to what Austin has done with this band on their debut album, I hope they continue on this path. It seems as if Carlile has a lot of bad luck, but he started something good here. People will trash it, but nothing is perfect. Maybe with less breakdowns and more focus on writing, the band could continue on to make a record better than this. Until then, enjoy the breakdowns were given and sing along with catchy choruses, for this might be the highest career spot Of Mice & Men will find themselves in.



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fromtheinside
July 4th 2010


18363 Comments


do these guys do that unnecessary electronica spliced between their breakdowns?

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HangEmHigh
July 4th 2010


282 Comments

Album Rating: 2.0

Shayley does all of the clean vocals. Not Jaxin. Plus Shayley is the only thing saving this album from utter destruction. Review was okay.

chiggles
July 4th 2010


76 Comments

Album Rating: 3.0

"do these guys do that unnecessary electronica spliced between their breakdowns?"

No, actually they don't.

"Shayley does all of the clean vocals. Not Jaxin. Plus Shayley is the only thing saving this album from utter destruction. Review was okay."

Sorry, shoulda known. When I saw the band on The Emptiness tour, Hall sang.




Bitchfork
July 4th 2010


7584 Comments


This band disgraces John Steinbeck and all his work.

sspedding
July 4th 2010


4765 Comments

Album Rating: 2.0

why is my review not the default anymore?

sspedding
July 4th 2010


4765 Comments

Album Rating: 2.0

why does it no longer appear for that fact

TheSpirit
July 4th 2010


17883 Comments


Because this is the wrong page for the band. The reviews that we did are under 'Of Mice & Men", not "Of Mice And Men.

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bloc
July 4th 2010


34872 Comments

Album Rating: 3.5

I SAID I'D FIGHT BACK

I'll ask the Mods to merge the two bands.

pmmets07
July 5th 2010


5883 Comments

Album Rating: 3.5

I think I like this album a little too much. Austin Carlile is so damn good, it's a shame he's no longer in OM&M. Also, that breakdown at the end of "John Deux Trois" is plain epic.

ANewTypeOfPunk
July 7th 2010


736 Comments


The beginning of This One's For You has some awesome clean vocals

KTLL
July 8th 2010


87 Comments


Clean vocals are the best part of this band.

Carlile is a terrible screamer. He can hit one pitch, and sticks to it. Repeatedly.

Also, someone who says "Of Mice and Men" (the book) is about the American Dream has never read it. It uses the American Dream to prove another point.

acADHDemy
July 14th 2010


1125 Comments

Album Rating: 3.5

this i guess isnt so bad

mrshamoozoo
August 15th 2010


14 Comments

Album Rating: 2.5

i thought this album was super fire

reeshespeeshes
August 17th 2010


64 Comments

Album Rating: 3.0

This album is fun as fuck

Dryden
August 17th 2010


12928 Comments


because fuck is fun

TheSpirit
August 17th 2010


17883 Comments


mmmm bread

cagovnold
September 1st 2010


23 Comments

Album Rating: 2.0

yawn.

bloc
September 1st 2010


34872 Comments

Album Rating: 3.5

OHHHHHHHHHH FAITHFUUUUUUUUUUULLLLLLLLLLLL

Metalcorekiddo
November 19th 2010


11 Comments

Album Rating: 3.5

Good review.
Hope Jerry brings in something that makes their songs a bit better, Austin is not much of a musician as far as im concerned and his high-pitched screams are not enough to make him even close to be a good screamer. He has the determination, but little skills and lacks in commitment.

Metalcorekiddo
November 19th 2010


11 Comments

Album Rating: 3.5

Oh, and you're totally right about shayley, he makes the album become alive.. Without him, things wouldn't have worked out at all.



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