“The well laid plans of mice and men often falter.” Most interpretations agree on the same principle; that which can be planned to the most cautious detail can still go awry. It’s from this famous quote out of John Steinbeck’s novel that metalcore band Of Mice & Men have defined their title. Of Mice & Men, formed in 2009, have undoubtedly upheld the theme of their moniker through the years, encountering various adversities in the form of internal disputes, lineup changes, and even heart surgeries. However, after three years of navigating stormy waters, it seems the hardcore quartet have finally stepped on level ground.
Following their set at the Warped Tour stop in Mansfield, Mass., Of Mice & Men took a moment to discuss with us past hardships, current achievements, and future endeavors. When asked about the obstacles overcome, drummer Valentino Artega stated, “We’re stronger as a whole.” Lead guitarist Phil Manansala chimed in, “Yeah, I’d say all those things the band have been through have just really built a solid foundation of what we want to do with the band.” Despite all the disturbances, OM&M are now focused on the reissue of their second studio album, The Flood, originally released in June of 2011. Front man Austin Carlile, who recently suffered from a viral infection in his heart this past March, told us, “We’re doing a re-release of The Flood. It’s four songs, and they’re four really fast, sad, angry, pissed off songs.”