Attack! Attack! Made TWO blogs today about Austin Carlile. If anyone still cares, you can read excerpts below. One has been taken down, but the second on is still viewable HERE.
From the initial blog:
Boys and Girls,
We are here to address the new rumor that Austin is back in AA!.
I would first like to point out that it would be the coldest day in hell for him to get back in our band.
To clear this whole thing up, we’ll start with the history.
Someday Came Suddenly -
We recorded SCS with Joey Sturgis in July of 2008 WITH Austin doing vocals.
September 11th, 2008 -
We left Ohio with Austin in the band to go on our first tour ever, the Rise Records tour.
(3) Three weeks later, we left him in a dark parking lot in Salt Lake City, Utah. He sat there and cried like a little girl while we drove away from him.
Austin would repeatedly claim that we were a “Christian” band on stage WHILE BEING COMPLETELY DRUNK AND CONTINUING TO DRINK ON STAGE.
He abused his prescription medications, drank heavily, and slept with anything that crossed his path. He is an egotistical maniac, and an arrogant jerk.
We gave him everything. We gave him a family, our homes, our money, our love. And all he did in return was throw it all back in our faces. He personally went out of his way to ruin Caleb’s life on tour because Caleb tried to tell Austin that what he was doing was messed up.
I can sit here all day and name off under age girls that he’s slept with, people he’s screwed over, stolen from, lied to, and used for his own selfish purposes.
Austin made our band?!
Austin almost destroyed our band. The only reason we are where we’re at right now, is because all of us had the drive to push through all of that horse-shit, and do something with our lives.
I can speak for everyone in the band when I say that all of the rest of the dudes in Of Mice are some of the greatest people we have ever met. We love each and every single one of them.
We also love all of OUR loyal fans that have stuck with us through all of the drama, and all of the shit, because you all know that there has to be a good reason for Austin’s “departure.”
I can’t describe how stoked we are that this can finally come to light.
Austin, I know you’re reading this.
AND THE REST OF THE BAND – Attack Attack!”
Later, this post was removed and this was put up instead:
Hello boys and girls.
This is the deal behind the blog, and why it’s been taken down.
When the band and I sat down and they dictated to me what we all wanted to say. We did so knowing that the blog was only going to be up until tonight.
It’s not being taken down because we’re sorry, because anyone asked, or because it’s not the truth. It IS the truth, and all of our fans deserve to know what happened.
For those of you who asked why this didn’t come out when it happened. The answer is very, very simple. We didn’t want to drag down Of Mice and Men with Austin. We absolutely love all of the rest of those guys, and we wouldn’t ever want them to be affected more by him.
The blog went up because ever since October of 2008, people have been asking us non-stop “What happened to Austin?”
Now you all know.
Also, I’m gonna answer a question/statement that I’ve seen a lot.
We are NOT a christian band. I don’t even know how many times we’ve said it, but we aren’t.
“But your lyrics have some christian meanings in them?”
AND? People write lyrics about murdering, but that doesn’t mean they are murderers.
We’re a freaking band guys. We’re normal dudes that just so happen to play some music. We have a good time, and a lot of you enjoy coming and experiencing that.
Again, we want to stress that we are not taking back anything we’ve said, and we will always stand behind the truth.
From this moment on, the Austin thing is dead.
We will never mention him again on the internet, this whole situation can finally be buried after almost 2 years of conflict.
In brighter news, we’re super excited for the release of our new record, and we cannot wait to TEAR SHIT UP at Warped Tour.
Also, we just want you all to know that we love all of you that come out to shows and take some time to hang out!
Thanks to all who took the time to read this!
P.S. – Darth Vader may or may not be doing guest vocals on our record.
P.P.S – Just kidding.
P.P.P.S. – But seriously.
Does anyone care at this point? IF NOT – TELL US. We’d love to move on as well.