OF MICE & MEN have released “Unbreakable”, a short film that brings fans onstage and behind the scenes for a unique look at life on the road with a touring rock band. Directed by Johann Ramos, the documentary follows OF MICE & MEN (bassist/vocalist Aaron Pauley, drummer Valentino Arteaga and guitarists Phil Manansala and Alan Ashby) across multiple continents for a series of electrifying performances captured earlier this year.
Arteaga told Fuel The Scene about “Unbreakable”: “That documents our summer playing festivals and going and playing small club shows overseas and just really reconnecting with our fans. For us, that’s so important, and our love for our fans and just music — not even just fans. Those are people that support us and support our vision and our dreams, not to mention music lovers.”
The band, which is currently on the road with IN THIS MOMENT, is also putting the finishing touches on its new album, which was recorded with Grammy-nominated producer Howard Benson (ALL THAT REMAINS, MY CHEMICAL ROMANCE, IN FLAMES) in Los Angeles. Songs set to appear on the disc include “Warzone” and “How Will You Live”. The disc will mark OF MICE & MEN‘s first full-length release without vocalist Austin Carlile, who left the group due to his ongoing battle with Marfan syndrome, a rare genetic disorder that afflicts the connective tissue holding the body’s cells, organs and tissue together. Handling lead vocals in the band now is Pauley.
“The whole energy of the record is very centered around our live shows,” Pauley told Alternative Press. “Our past records were made after extended breaks, so it’s hard to remember that live connection. But we’ve played so many shows over the summer that it bled into the music we made. We’re all very well connected on this record.”
The album follows two new songs, “Unbreakable” and “Back To Me”, which were released earlier this year and have racked up close to twenty million combined streams to date. The band maintained momentum by delivering a string of electrifying, show-stealing performances at some of the world’s biggest rock festivals, including Las Rageous, Fort Rock, Welcome To Rockville, Carolina Rebellion, Northern Invasion, Rock On The Range, Download, In.Fest and Nova Rock, to name but a few.
Carlile originally left OF MICE & MEN in 2010 after his doctor forbade him from touring to undergo heart surgery tied to complications with Marfan Syndrome. He returned in 2011, but his ailments didn’t cease, forcing him to exit the band for the second, and presumably final, time at the end of last year.