‘Would You Still Be There’, the new video from the California-based rock quintet Of Mice & Men, can be seen below. The clip was directed by Nathan Cox for Renaissance Man Productions. The song is taken from the band’s third studio album, “Restoring Force”, which sold around 51,000 copies in the United States in its first week of release to debut at position No. 4 on The Billboard 200 chart. The CD arrived in stores on January 28 via Rise Records.
“I’m super excited for the debut of our new video for ‘Would You Still Be There’,” said Aaron Pauley, the band’s bassist and clean vocalist. “Directed by Nathan Cox, who has worked with bands like Linkin Park and Chevelle, the video offers a peek into a present day small town set in an alternate post-apocalyptic reality and its gas mask clad inhabitants.
“Shooting the video was a great experience. Nathan and his staff did an incredible job with the imagery and location, and created a believable setting in an abandoned mining town north of L.A. Despite chipping my tooth on that pesky vintage microphone, I had a blast, and it was awesome getting to hang with some of our fans; which can be seen in the video’s ending performances parts.”
The follow-up to the band’s 2011′s “The Flood” was recorded at House Of Loud in New Jersey and was produced by David Bendeth [Paramore, Papa Roach, A Day To Remember, Breaking Benjamin].
In a recent interview with UMusicians, Of Mice & Men guitarist Phil Manansala stated about the “Restoring Force” album title: “The whole album is about restoring the equilibrium of rock music. We have developed our sound to a new level and want to display it. We have heavy influences from ’90s bands such as Linkin Park and Korn and there hasn’t exactly been music like that around lately, so the album is really about restoring rock music and the force that it has.”
Asked how the making of “Restoring Force” was different from the recording process for “The Flood”, Manansala said: “Well, this album we recorded while we weren’t on tour. ‘The Flood’ was mostly written on the road in between shows. It was different to write all this music together and not be on a tour bus. This was also our first album recording with our bassist Aaron Pauley.“
“The Flood” was originally released on June 14, 2011 and received a re-release on July 24, 2012 and included four new tracks. “The Flood” debuted at No. 28 on The Billboard 200 chart and was hailed by the New York Times as “one of the year’s most bruising rock debuts.” Alternative Press called the album a “genuine statement of artistic purpose.” Rock Sound declared the release “a truly memorable, hip-shaking face-breaker of epic proportions.” To this date, “The Flood” has sold over 125,000 copies and has been streamed nearly 16,000,000 times on YouTube, making it one of the most successful releases in Rise Records‘ 22 years of operation. The band has brought their memorable live show to audiences around the world having sold out multiple headlining tours domestically and internationally.
To read our review for “Restoring Force” click here.
Austin Carlile – Vocals
Aaron Pauley – Bass/Vocals
Valentino Arteaga – Drums
Philip Manansala – Guitar
Alan Ashby – Guitar
Video below ‘Would You Still Be There’
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