OF MICE & MEN have teamed with Rolling Stone for the premiere of “Real,” the stunning companion video to the band’s recently released single. Click HERE to watch. The video will be available of the Rise youtube now!
“Real” is the latest release from the band’s much-anticipated new album COLD WORLD, set for a September 9th release on Rise Records. The band began giving fans a sneak preview of the album with the release of first track/video, “Pain,” the video for which has already racked up more than 2.1 million YouTube views. Next came the audio for “Real,” which premiered on Sirius Octane. Fans can get “Pain” and “Real” as instant downloads by clicking HERE to pre-order the album.
Directed by Max Moore, the “Real” is dedicated to the memory of 14-year-old Cassy Colunga, who recently passed away after battling brain cancer. The band first met with Cassy through the Living the Dream Foundation and upon hearing that her condition worsened, arranged for a visit while recording the album. They spent the day with Cassy and her family, brought her to the studio for a preview of the record (she was the first person outside of the band, producer and engineer to hear the album) and recorded her handclaps for “The Lie,” an epic COLD WORLD track that finds Carlile venting his frustrations about the medical system and “calling out the 1% for not taking care of the people they should be,” he explains. “Now Cassy’s name and the sound of her clapping hands are on the record,” says Carlile. “It’s something that captures that moment and that relationship forever. When we think about everything we went through to make this record, that’s something that we’ll never forget.”
For the “Real” video, the band worked with The Marfan Foundation, Living The Dream Foundation and St. Jude Children’s Research Hospital and asked fans to submit video footage of themselves holding signs that answered the question, “what makes you feel real?”
In an interview with Rolling Stone in which he discusses his daily battle with Marfan syndrome, Carlile also talked about the making of the video: “We shot it in Portland, Oregon, during a day off from tour. We asked fans to submit footage holding up poster boards that explain what makes them feel real. The images that pop up mention everything from music to foster care to activism to the Marfan community to St. Jude’s hospital. We even had some fans in the studio while we were recording, just to include them more in the process.”
After wrapping up the remaining dates on their summer arena tour with Marilyn Manson and Slipknot, OF MICE & MEN will celebrate the release of COLD WORLD with a string of special album release shows in Los Angeles, New York, Cincinnati and New Orleans. Those performances will see the band performing COLD WORLD live in its entirety for the first time ever. The shows will take place between the band’s scheduled performances at a number of major festivals in the US. Tickets are available and bundled with a copy of COLD WORLD.
OF MICE & MEN’s headlining UK tour comes next, kicking off September 30th in Birmingham. Click HERE for more info.
OF MICE & MEN have hit No. 1 on Billboard’s Rock and Independent Charts and No. 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. As a result they continue to reach dizzying new heights, the latest being Cold World, an album that raises the stakes of what a modern day heavy rock band is supposed to sound like. The Southern California-based quintet (Carlile, vocalist/bassist Aaron Pauley, guitarist Alan Ashby, drummer Valentino Arteaga and guitarist Phil Manansala) recorded Cold World with producer David Bendeth, who they worked with on 2014’sRestoring Force, which hit No. 4 on the Billboard Top 200 Album Chart and No. 1 on both the Billboard Top Independent and Top Rock Albums Charts.
Catch OF MICE & MEN live:
UK/EURO Tour dates are as follows
30th September O2 Academy Birmingham – Tickets
1st October O2 Apollo Manchester – Tickets
3rd October Rock City Nottingham – Tickets
4th October O2 Academy Newcastle – Tickets
5th October O2 Academy Glasgow – Tickets
7th October O2 Forum London – Tickets
8th October Pyramids, Portsmouth- Tickets
9th October The Great Hall Cardiff – Tickets
11th October Trabendo Paris – Tickets
12th October Ronda Utrecht – Tickets
13th October Live Music Hall Cologne – Tickets
15th October Batschkapp Frankfurt – Tickets
16th October Kesselhaus Munich – Tickets
17th October LKA Longhorn LKA Longhorn – Tickets
19th October Kofmehl Solothurn – Tickets
20th October Arena Vienna – Tickets
21st October Taubchenthal Leipzig – Tickets
23rd October Columbia Theater Berlin – Tickets
24th October Grosse Freiheit 36 Hamburg – Tickets
25th October Trix Antwerp – Tickets
Tickets on sale now.
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8. The Hunger
4. Like A Ghost
2. The Lie
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