Of Mice & Men's Austin Carlile: Pain is a big part of my life

Of Mice & Men
Of Mice & Men

Of Mice & Men’s Austin Carlile says he wrote the band’s latest song Pain because the emotion has defined a “big part” of his life.

The band recently issued a video for the track, which is lifted from their upcoming fourth album Cold World.

The vocalist tells Alt Press: “It talks about my personal journey of the last few years and how I relate that to the current state of the world that we live in now. People face pain every day, whether it be physical, mental, spiritual, emotional, metaphysically, metaphorically – everything.

“It’s something we wanted to touch on because it’s been such a big part of my life and pain in general has been something I have been living and breathing for the past 12, 15 years.”

Carlile also says he’s looking forward to Of Mice & Men’s tour with Slipknot and Marilyn Manson later this summer. He also reveals their upcoming record will include songs that only employ clean vocals.

He adds: “It gave us an opportunity to get our foot in that door of music that still makes me want to scream my face off. We have songs on the new album that do that, but there are also songs that may not have any screaming because there doesn’t need to be.

“If I’m screaming on the record, it’s because I’m pissed about what I’m screaming about. It’s really important for us to paint that picture for the listener.”

Of Mice & Men also recently announced a European tour which kicks off in September.

Of Mice And Men tour dates 2016

Jul 15-17: Bridgeview Chicago Open Air, IL
Jun 19: Albuquerque Isleta Amphitheater, NM
Jun 25: Dallas Gexa Energy Pavilion, TX
Jun 26: Houston Cynthia Woods Mitchell Pavilion, TX
Jul 08: Hartford Xfinity Theatre, CT
Jul 09: Holmdel PNC Bank Arts Center, NJ
Jul 12: Cincinnati Riverbend Music Center, OH
Jul 13: Indianapolis Klipsch Music Center, IN
Jul 23: Syracuse Lakeview Amphitheater, NY
Jul 02: Bristow Jiffy Lube Live, VA
Jul 29: Detroit DTE Energy Music Theatre, MI
Jul 30: Pittsburgh First Niagara Pavilion, PA
Aug 04: St. Louis Hollywood Casino Amphitheatre, MO
Sep 30: Birmingham O2 Academy, UK
Oct 01: Manchester O2 Apollo, UK
Oct 03: Nottingham Rock City, UK
Oct 04: Newcastle O2 Academy, UK
Oct 07: London O2 Forum, UK
Oct 09: Cardiff Great Hall, UK
Oct 11: Paris Trabendo, France
Oct 12: Utrecht Ronda, Netherlands
Oct 13: Cologne Live Music Hall, Germany
Oct 15: Frankfurt Batschkapp, Germany
Oct 16: Munich Kesselhaus, Germany
Oct 17: Stuttgart LKA Longhorn, Germany
Oct 19: Solothurn Kofmehl, Switzerland
Oct 20: Vienna Arena, Austria
Oct 21: Leipzig Taubchenthal, Germany
Oct 23: Berlin Columbia Theater, Germany
Oct 24: Hamburg Grosse Freiheit 36, Germany
Oct 25: Antwerp Trix, Belgium

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