Austin Carlile, the vocalist and founding member of California’s Of Mice & Men, has left the band.
The singer, who suffers from Marfan Syndrome (which affects his connective tissue and causes weakness in his heart, lungs, ears, joints and muscles) and is now unable to scream as a result of his longstanding health issues, said, “I realized that I had to step away from Of Mice & Men.”
In a lengthy, emotional statement, he also paid tribute to those who have supported, or been involved with, Of Mice & Men from the start, including the four remaining members of the group, who he says will carry on as a quartet.
“I never thought in a million years I would be sitting in Costa Rica writing this. I never thought I would start a successful band,” he wrote. “I never thought I’d open for Marilyn Manson and Slipknot for an entire summer. I never thought I would go on a world tour with Linkin Park and sing ‘Faint’ on stage with them all around the globe, I never thought I‘d become friends with Mike Shinoda and he’d help me write songs for an album of ours that sat at the No. 4 spot on the Billboard top charts. I never thought I would befriend bands like Avenged Sevenfold, Mettalica, and Korn. I never thought i would sing ‘Ball Tongue’ on stage with Korn. I never thought my band would play, much less headline Warped Tour, play giant radio festivals all over the world with some of my favorite artists, or tour in Germany, or anywhere in Europe, Australia, New Zealand, Japan, Brazil, Chile, Canada, the United Kingdom, Scotland, Holland, Norway, or Italy, etc. Continue reading »