Big news Of Mice & Men fans! For the first time in the band’s well-respected career, they will be releasing brand new music somewhere other than Rise Records.
Just announced today, the longtime metalcore act will be dropping a new three-track EP via their new home SharpTone Records. Titled Timeless, the new release is set to hit stores February 26th.
“There’s an old idiom about what you’re supposed to do when life gives you lemons,” says singer/bassist Aaron Pauley about the EP. “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.”
As for inking a deal with SharpTone, Pauley notes, “It’s pretty exciting to be working with a new label. 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!”
Shining a larger light on what the future holds for the influential outfit, Of Mice & Men have also shared their gripping lead single “Obsolete.” Commenting on the hard-hitting track, Pauley shares, “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. Obsolescence is very prevalent in our lives.”
“We see how quickly old phones become virtually useless,” he adds, “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.”
To check out the band’s new single and accompanying animated visual drawn by artist Derek Hess, be sure to look below. Afterward, make sure to pre-order the band’s new EP here.