Of Mice & Men frontman Austin Carlile spoke with the people from Alternative Press about the band’s anticipated next effort. He stated that the band is heading for a more “Nu-Metal” dynamic and can be explained in-depth by simply looking below. Bands that he referenced OMAM’s sound was comparable to the likes of Linkin Park, Slipknot, and Chevelle.
You touched on this a little earlier, but I think after everything that’s happened the past few years since Of Mice & Men’s last release, everyone is wondering where the sound is going to go. You used the word “nu-metal” earlier, which I think gets a bad rap in today’s scene sometimes. Can you expound on that choice a little bit?
I think our newer stuff is a lot more structured. When I think of nu-metal, I think of Linkin Park, Limp Bizkit, Slipknot and even Chevelle—those types of bands. The songs are a lot more structured and they’re a lot deeper and the tunings are even lower. I kind of wanted to touch on that and have our songs to have more of a rock and roll feel. Just in your face, angsty, here-it-is rock and roll. And that’s what I think of when I think of nu-metal: structured, heavy music that has a point. It’s angry just like all the other music, but the bigger parts are bigger and the powerful parts are more powerful and the slow parts slower.
With shooting for this new sound, are there any parts or songs that you think are real curve balls that fans might not expect from you guys?
There’s a couple parts that are like that. We’ll have a part and it’s clearing up, so you think something is going to happen and it totally stops and does something completely different and then the part you thought was going to happen comes out of completely nowhere. We wanted to put a lot of parts in that keep the listener interested and glued to the song. Some of the songs are songs you’d listen to by yourself, but then some are songs you’d listen to while at a party or an event and have the same appreciation for them.