There are few bands who have lost their original frontman and managed to successfully carry on but try telling this to the guys from Of Mice & Men.
The group were thrown into turmoil following the departure of founding member Austin Carlile two years back. However, the band’s remaining members weren’t ready to throw in the towel just yet. Tonight the US-based metalcore outfit make a welcome return to Newcastle to conclude their current mini-tour. This being the band’s last UK dates of 2018.
Tonight, Of Mice & Men, make their first appearance in Newcastle in approximately three years. The now regrouped Of Mice and Men arrive in the region hot off the back of recent arena tour with Bullet For My Valentine.
Of Mice and Men hit the Tyneside stage with all guns blazing, tonight it feels like they have got something to prove. Exploding onto the stage like a vortex of energy, they kick off the proceedings with a trio of hard-hitting numbers including “Defy” which is followed in quick succession by the frantic “Warzone” and the defiant “Unbreakable”. Each of the opening trio of songs are taken from the group’s fifth studio album Defy, this being the first of which to feature Aaron Pauley as the sole lead vocalist.
Immediately you can hear the evolution of Of Mice & Men’s sound since Pauley took over from Carlile for the band’s latest record. Tonight the Orange County-based quartet comes together seamlessly like a huge wall of sound.
Of course there is plenty of room for old favourites, however, this time around Pauley has added his own personal touches and embellishments giving these fan favourites a new lease of life. This includes the likes of “Pain” and “Bones Exposed” before the group brings their 10 song setlist to a close with an explosive airing of “The Flood”. Chants of ‘one more tune’ resonate around the room as the band returns to the stage to bring their short but sweet set to a finish with “The Depths”.
As the old saying goes, sometimes you have to take a step backwards to move forward. Based on tonight’s performance it’s fair to say that Of Mice & Men has returned stronger than ever, with a united front and an arsenal of new material that will blow your socks off. Onwards and upwards for this talented US-based four-piece.
Event Date: 12-Nov-2018