Inspired by the overwhelming response to previous release "Unbreakable" and the outpouring of support at live shows and fan demand for more new music, OF MICE & MEN have surprise-released their second new song, "Back To Me".
Like "Unbreakable," "Back To Me" was recorded with Grammy-nominated producer Howard Benson (Sepultura, My Chemical Romance), mixed by Grammy winner Chris Lord-Alge (Deftones, Muse) and mastered by Chris Athens (Drake, Ozzy Osbourne). The video for "Back To Me" chronicles the band's past few weeks - a frenzied whirlwind that saw them release an "Unbreakable" video that's already amassed 1.7 million views and deliver a string of electrifying, show-stealing performances at Las Rageous, Fort Rock Festival, Welcome To Rockville, Carolina Rebellion, Northern Invasion and most recently, Rock on the Range.
"'Back To Me' is a very meaningful song for us," says vocalist/bassist Aaron Pauley. "When going through major life changes, whether it's loss or growth, it's incredibly easy to feel like you've lost a part of yourself--and like you'll never be yourself again. I've come believe that we can never truly lose ourselves. I believe we persist through these changes, and that if you can discover, tap into, and ignite your true passions, you'll always be able light the way back to you. We really wanted to put out 'Back To Me' as the follow up to 'Unbreakable,' because we wanted to reassure and encourage ourselves and others to press on when times get tough. 'Let hope be everything that you need...'"
Next comes an international tour that kicks off June 8th at the Greenfield Festival in Switzerland and includes stops at the Download Festival in the UK, In.Fest in Milan, Nova Rock Festival in Austria and more. Los Angeles-based fans can catch the band (Aaron Pauley, guitarist Alan Ashby, drummer Valentino Arteaga and guitarist Phil Manansala) performing alongside Rise Against on July 13th at the Shrine Auditorium.
"Unbreakable" and "Back To Me" are OF MICE & MEN's first new releases since the departure of vocalist Austin Carlile, whose ongoing battle with Marfan syndrome forced him to leave the band at the end of last year.
OF MICE & MEN have hit # 1 on Billboard's Rock and Independent Charts and # 4 on the genre-spanning Top 200. They've racked up over 153 million Spotify streams, 20 million YouTube views and close to 5 million social media followers. They've shared stages with artists such as Metallica, Linkin Park and Queens of the Stone Age and not only held their own, but won over new fans in the process. They've played hundreds of shows for packed-house-crowds around the world, released three studio albums to critical acclaim, and recorded tracks that have blanketed rock radio airwaves. Their sound has broken through obstacles of language, distance and culture. For most bands, such achievements usually mark the summation of a long career- if they're lucky...but, OF MICE & MEN have accomplished all that and more over the course of a mere five years. And while those feats make for one helluva resume, what makes this band really matter is that they've never stopped pushing themselves to go further. The Southern California-based quintet recently released Cold World with producer David Bendeth, who they worked with on 2014's Restoring Force, which hit # 4 on the Billboard Top 200 Album Chart and #1 on both the Billboard Top Independent and Top Rock Albums Charts.