OF MICE & MEN has released an animated video for its new single "Obsolete". The clip is inspired by the cover artwork that was drawn by iconic artist Derek Hess. The song will appear on OF MICE & MEN's upcoming EP, "Timeless", which will be released on February 26 via the band's new label home, SharpTone Records.
"There's an old idiom about what you're supposed to do when life gives you lemons," explains singer Aaron Pauley about the EP. "Sadly, to disappoint, this wasn't exactly that. We started writing this EP shortly before the initial lockdowns in spring of 2020, before we knew that our world was about to become a radically different place. A lot of these songs were born from a place of wondering how we'd fit into 2020 and beyond, both as adults in our 30s as well as a band that's a decade into our existence."
Regarding "Obsolete", he says: "It's a song about questioning how future-proof one is in the grand scheme of things, and acknowledging that maybe we aren't at all. I think we all wonder, to a certain extent, whether or not we'll fit into the future, or how we would, or what that would look like. Obsolescence is very prevalent in our lives. We see how quickly old phones become virtually useless, how quickly fads and trends come and go. It's all too easy to ponder about when you'll become a covered wagon, or a flip phone or MySpace."
Signing with SharpTone was the next logical step for OF MICE & MEN as well. "It's pretty exciting to be working with a new label," Pauley shares. "We still have a great relationship with our previous label — it was just time to shake things up, and after conversations and meetings with various labels, we felt that our vision for the future of OF MICE & MEN matched most closely with SharpTone's. Working with Shawn and the team has been incredibly rewarding, and we're all super excited with what's to come!"
OF MICE & MEN is:
Aaron Pauley - Bass, Vocals
Valentino Arteaga - Drums
Alan Ashby - Guitar
Phil Manansala - Guitar