Of Mice & Men Biography
Of Mice & Men are a metalcore-based group from Costa Mesa, California USA. Formed in Columbus, Ohio, in 2009 by vocalist Austin Carlile and bassist Jaxin Hall, Of Mice & Men quickly evolved in a five-piece band with the addition of lead guitarist Phil Manansala, rhythm guitarist Shayley Bourget and drummer Valentino Arteaga.
The quintet issued their self-titled debut album in March 2010 on Rise Records. Striving to build strong and loyal fan base they played on Warped Tour and with Taking Back Sunday, As I Lay Dying among others. The album eventually reached #115 on The Billboard 200 during the summer.
June 2011 saw the release of their sophomore record, "The Flood", which hit #5 the Top Independent Albums chart and #28 on The Billboard 200.
In the meantime Hall left the band; Bourget switched to bass and he was replaced by new rhythm guitarist Alan Ashby. Bourget subsequently parted ways with the band; they then recruited new bassist Aaron Pauley.
Of Mice & Men's third outing, "Restoring Force", arrived in January 2014, becoming the band's biggest hit to date with a peak inside the top 5 of The Billboard 200, it also climbed within the top 10 of the Canadian Albums chart. The album includes the group's first Mainstream Rock radio top 40 hit: "Would You Still Be There".