Of Mice And Men - Of Mice And Men

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Post-hardcore
Rise Records
Of Mice And Men
Of Mice And Men
Of Mice And Men - Of Mice And Men Review rating:
2.5
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Average: 4.4 (8 votes)

With almost every member coming from a musical background, from Attack Attack to Lower Definition and A Static Lullaby, Of Mice & Men are a powerhouse of musicians who have experienced a skyrocketing of success over the past year being on Warped and signing to Rise without even a proper release on their hands. To that affair, Of Mice & Men’s self-titled debut, impacting on March 9th, is a lackluster piece of post-hardcore falling undeniably into the generic woes which plague their peers as much as themselves.

Their debut record may not be the single most inspired piece of work you’ve come across, but is a more than worthy of at least a few listens. With chunky breakdowns and Austin Carlile’s signature screams fronting, it makes for a few decent spins. Even Shayley Bourget’s clean vocals provide pretty soothing melodies throughout the record. Each song contains a nice crunch paired with softer sections to accommodate both vocal stylings. Shining through the wreckage stands tracks like “YDG,” “Westbound And Down,” and “This One’s For You.” Each owns up to all the preceding compliments from heavy breakdowns to a solid, soaring chorus and back again. “Westbound and Down” contains an extremely catchy chorus that will stick to you for days on end, as does the closer “This One’s For You.”

The problems arise all throughout, though. Each song falls into scream-sing-breakdown patterns and never gets out for a change of pace. Separating songs beyond their vocal melodies can be hard. Add in overly compressed guitars and triggered drums and you have what can feel like one 34-minute song filled with 100 breakdowns. With such a hard time managing each track on its own, swallowing it all at once becomes more of a chore than entertainment.

While perhaps not taking the generic to the extreme with bands like We Came As Romans and Attack Attack, listening to the breakdown at the end of “John Deux Trois,” or before the shoutcore section on “Those In Glass Houses” are only a few reminders of how they fit right in with those bands. Plagued with repeatable simplicity, Of Mice & Men lands the band in mediocrity with no hope to get out at this point. Hopefully with more time together as a band their sound will evolve into more intricate and worthwhile one, until then may they rest in generic peace.

1. YDG?!
2. They Don't Call It The South For Nothing
3. Second & Sebring
4. Westbound & Down
5. John Deux Trois
6. Those In Glass Houses
7. Farewell To Shady Glade
8. The Ballad Of Tommy Clayton & The Rawdawg Millionaire
9. Seven Thousand Miles For What?
10. This One's For You

Of Mice & Men is a metalcore/post-hardcore band from Costa Mesa, California, United States formed in 2009 by Austin Carlile and Jaxin Hall. Their current line-up consists of Austin Carlile (ex. Attack Attack!), Shayley Bourget (ex. Covette), Phil Manansala, Valentino Arteaga (ex. Lower Definition) and Alan Ashby.

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