Of Mice And Men Debuts New Single, ‘Obsolete,’ Companion Video; Announces New EP Coming

Courtesy: Sharptone Records

Of Mice and Men is opening the new year with new music and a new label.

The band debuted its new single ‘Obsolete‘ and its companion video Tuesday. the song is featured in the band’s forthcoming EP Timeless, which is scheduled for release Feb. 26 through the band’s new label home, Sharptone Records. The band’s addition to the label makes it label mate to the likes of Miss May I, We Came As Romans, and Bleeding Through.

Front man Aaron Pauley discussed the EP’s creation during a recent interview.

“There’s an old idiom about what you’re supposed to do when life gives you lemons,” said Pauley. “Sadly, to disappoint, this wasn’t exactly that. We started writing this EP shortly before the initial lockdowns in spring of 2020, before we knew that our world was about to become a radically different place. A lot of these songs were born from a place of wondering how we’d fit into 2020 and beyond, both as adults in our 30s as well as a band that’s a decade into our existence.” 

Additionally, Pauley addressed the band’s signing to its new label.

“It’s pretty exciting to be working with a new label,” said Pauley. “We still have a great relationship with our previous label — it was just time to shake things up, and after conversations and meetings with various labels, we felt that our vision for the future of OM&M matched most closely with SharpTone’s. Working with Shawn and the team has been incredibly rewarding, and we’re all super excited with what’s to come!”

The band’s new single is a heavy, fiery composition that takes its familiar metalcore sound to a new level. The balance of Pauley’s screams and clean vocals alongside the precision in the guitar line and the drums makes for a powerful impact.

The lyrical content that accompanies the song’s musical arrangement is a contemplative statement that makes for an interesting contrast to the energy in the noted musical content.

Pauley addressed the lyrical content.

“It’s a song about questioning how future-proof one is in the grand scheme of things, and acknowledging that maybe we aren’t at all. I think we all wonder, to a certain extent, whether or not we’ll fit into the future, or how we would, or what that would look like,” he said. “Obsolescence is very prevalent in our lives. We see how quickly old phones become virtually useless, how quickly fads and trends come and go. It’s all too easy to ponder about when you’ll become a covered wagon, or a flip phone, or Myspace.”

More information on Of Mice and Men’s new single, video, and EP is available now along with all of the band’s latest news and more at:




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Bleeding Through Bidding Farewell To America

Courtesy:  Rise Records/Earshot Media

Courtesy: Rise Records/Earshot Media

One of the top names in today’s rock world is calling it quits.  The members of Bleeding Through recently made it known that the band is calling it a career after seven full length records, two DVDs and countless records sold.  The band has already made its way through both Europe and Australia for the final time.  Now, as part of its worldwide Farewell Tour, the band has announced the details of the American leg of the tour.  The band will kick off its U.S. Farewell Tour on Friday, November 1st at the Summit Music Hal in Denver, Colorado.  The nineteen date tour includes performances at Wisconsin Metalfest and Ohio Metalfest back to back on November 9th and 10th respectively.  It also includes a stop in the “Old North State.”  The band will make a stop at the famed Greene Street Club in Greensboro, North Carolina on Novermber 15th before heading to Florida to perform at the Roc Bar in Jacksonville, Florida the next night.  A complete list of the band’s current dates on its U.S. Farewell Tour is available below.

11/1 Denver , CO @ The Summit Music Hall

11/3 Minneapolis , MN @ Skyway Theatre – Studio B

11/4 Joliet , IL @ Mojoe’s

11/5 Louisville , KY @ Expo Five

11/6 Pittsburgh , PA @ Altar Bar

11/8 Detroit , MI @ The Majestic Theatre

11/9 Milwaukee , WI @ Wisconsin Metalfest

11/10 Cleveland , OH @ Ohio Metalfest

11/11 Allentown , PA @ Crocodile Rock

11/12 Clifton Park , NY @ Upstate Concert Hall

11/13 Sayreville , NJ @ Starland Ballroom

11/14 Springfield , VA @ Empire

11/15 Greensboro , NC @ Greene Street

11/16 Jacksonville , FL @ Roc Bar

11/17 Atlanta , GA @ Masquerade

11/19 Houston , TX @ Walters

11/20 Dallas , TX @ Trees

11/21 San Antonio , TX @ White Rabbit

11/22 Lubbock , TX @ Jakes

Bleeding Through will be joined by Winds of Plague, Oceano, Gideon, and Sworn In on its final U.S. Tour.  More information on the upcoming tour and all Bleeding Through news is available online at http://www.facebook.com/BleedingThrough and http://www.bleedingthrough.com.  For all of the latest sports and entertainment news and reviews, go online to http://www.facebook.com/philspicks and “Like” it.  Fans can always keep up with the latest sports and entertainment news and reviews in the Phil’s Picks blog at https://philspicks.wordpress.com.

Cancer Bats confirmed for Demon Hunter Tour

AGOURA HILLS, CA–One of Metal Blade Records’ newest bands has made a big announcement.  Toronto based Cancer Bats has announced that it will be heading out on tour this Summer with one of Christian metal’s biggest acts in the one and only Demon Hunter.  This announcement comes fresh off the heels of the release of Cancer Bats’ fourth full length studio release, “Dead Set on Living.”  “Dead Set on Living” is also the band’s first album on Metal Blade Records.

This Summer’s tour with Demon Hunter will kick off July 26th in Portland, Oregon, and take the bands down the west coast and into the midwest, ending in Boise, Idaho on August 5th.  Also along for the ride will be Bleeding Through, Willows, and The Plot in You.  Demon Hunter’s tour is in support of its newly released album, “True Defiance.” 

More information on Cancer Bats is available online at http://www.metalblade.com/cancerbats, on Facebook at http://www.facebook.com/cancerbats and on Twitter at http://twitter.com/cancerbats.  Fans can pick up Cancer Bats’ new album directly on Metal Blade at http://www.metalblade.com, on iTunes, Amazon and at any local retailer.