Austin Carlile Tells Fan That Of Mice & Men “Weren’t Going To Let [Him] Write What [He] Wanted On Next Record”

Austin Carlile previously revealed that he left Of Mice & Men due health reasons related to his Marfan Syndrome, but now it appears there may be more reasons for his exit. According to Rock Feed, a fan on Instagram asked Carlile if he would still write with the band and he responded by saying the following:

“no i will no longer be writing with them, one of the reasons I left. they weren’t going to let me write what i wanted on next record. that’s not gonna happen. I will write what I want despite what that means giving up.”


Carlile has also posted some suggestive tweets recently as well:

Austin Carlile Exits Of Mice & Men

After years of dealing with various health issues due to Marfan Syndrome, Austin Carlile has chosen to leave Of Mice & Men for health reasons. The band are expected to move on without him.


Carlile said the following:

“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. 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, Metallica, 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.

The first time I ever left the States was because of this band that I started in a tiny barred window studio apartment… I never thought people would ask to take selfies with me inside the Roman Collesium, on the Eiffel Tower in Paris, or even the mall I worked at in Ohio where Of Mice & Men was born eight years ago with the help of my friends in Though She Wrote.

Kameron Bradbury now in Beartooth on guitar, recording our first song together in a local studio for just $50. I never thought putting the song ‘Seven Thousand Miles For What‘ on MySpace would reach over a million plays in a week, and that I’d sign a record contract of my own just days later. I never thought i‘d pack my things up and drive to California for the first time to find permanent band members. I never thought all my wildest dreams and more would eventually come true…

I also never thought my fibrostic connective tissue disorder Marfan Syndrome would cause touring to be so hard and painful for me. I always thought the pain would get better one day, or that I would get better too. But this never happened; that day has still yet to come. From multiple surgeries, caused from touring over multiple years, and after cancelling a European tour halfway through, this October 2016 finally brought me to my knees.

My greatest fear had become a reality… I had three tears in my dual sac surrounding my spinal cord, and we discovered that every time I would push down to scream, spinal fluid would rush though the tears which was causing me the violent pain every time I’d perform. It was causing my muscles to seize up, and body to contort on stage, and making me lethargic and sore every hour of the day.

My doctors and team of specialists had warned me for years of the detriment of my career to my health, but I pushed through anyways. I always pushed through. I had to push through. This is what I love, music is where I found myself. But these three tears in my spine, plus a fourth that occurred the year prior, were signs that i was absolutely not able to scream anymore.

My team advised me that if I continued to do so, it would cause ‘permanent and irrevocable damage to my spinal cord and nervous system.’ After learning this, I realized that I had to step away from Of Mice & Men. No longer able to scream most of our old material, or continue to scream on anything new, I cannot continue on.

This has been the hardest thing that has happened in my life for a very long time, but thankfully the band, my family, and closest friends stand behind me and understand. They have all personally seen how much pain I have had to endure and especially the past two years as my spine was tearing apart but I kept going, I gave it my all, and cannot express this enough.

The band will now still continue on just the four of them, and I wish them the best of luck without me heading into 2017.

I will be here in Costa Rica, where I have now moved, continuing to heal, rest, and write.

I will not stop playing music. I am still able to sing and I’m hungry for what is next to come even though I have no idea what that may be.

I feel God placed me at this crossroads for a reason, and with the closing of one door, another will open. I’m taking this as an opportunity to grow closer to him, as he is the reason I never gave up or ended my life years ago while facing my various troubles.

I have decided to listen to my specialists, and God telling me it’s time to do something new. I have to do this for myself, my health, my body.

I’m so thankful my spinal injuries weren’t worse, for I could have easily been paralyzed permenantly.

I have now made the choice to use my life, my story, and my voice for his glory. To help show his love and grace I have experienced firsthand to anyone else searching for the same hope.

Of Mice & Men offered hope to thousands, but there is no true hope unless through Jesus Christ (Yashua). I have now dedicated my life to sharing this with the world, which needs it so badly right now more than ever.

Some ask how I am not mad at God for taking Ali. This from me and putting me through so much pain and loss… My answer is simple: it is my path to follow, my story, and my life is not my own, but a gift from god in the first place.

This seems like the perfect opportunity for me to use my story to hopefully inspire others who have experienced pain, hurt, depression or loss in their own lives.

We all have our stories, we all have certain things we have overcome. We have done this together, you helped make my dreams come true, and I want to thank you all for the immense support over the years. Now I must do what i have to.

I wanted to keep this news in 2016, because 2017 is going to be a new year, with new chapters.

Remember, your days are like pages, chapters unread, you have to keep going, keep turning, keep reading… Because your book has no end. Just like the ampersand tattoo on my thumb, we will not fade.

You are in my heart and I‘m ready to start a new journey with all of you remaining by my side. I can do nothing alone, and I’m grateful I won’t have to because of you.

Thank you. To everyone who has ever been a fan or a part of Of Mice & Men, from the start, Kameron, Joey, Luke, Ethan, Jared, Jaxin, Phil, Aaron, Joel, Justin, Jon, Shayley, Tino, and Alan, for everything, thank you. Here’s to 2017.

God bless! X –Austin Carlile“

Dear Of Mice & Men Fans, It's with heavy hearts that we announce Austin’s departure from the band for reasons pertaining to his health. As many of you are aware, Austin suffers from a rare connective tissue disorder called Marfan syndrome & has been struggling with the physical demands of touring since the band began. After his most recent series of surgeries at Stanford University Hospital, following the cancellation of our European headlining tour, his team of doctors informed him of the damage that performing, & more specifically his aggressive vocals, have been causing his body. They warned that if he were to continue on doing so, it would cause permanent & irrevocable damage to his spine & nervous system. Following the advice from his team of specialists, Austin decided it best that he step away from the band & change his lifestyle to better his health. Though we're heartbroken that he can no longer continue, his health has always been of utmost importance to us & we support him now in this decision & are proud of his perseverance over the years. We've had an amazing & unforgettable past few years making music & touring the world together & the 4 of us look forward to sharing the next chapter of the band's story with you. All previously announced shows will proceed as planned & we thank you for your continued love & support. We couldn't do this without all of you! See you real soon. -Aaron, Alan, Phil & Valentino

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Of Mice & Men Drop Off A Day To Remember’s Australian Tour, Issues Added

Of Mice & Men have dropped of A Day To Remember’s Australian tour, due to Austin Carlile needing more recovery time from his recent surgeries. Issues will now be taking their place.

12/10 Perth, AUS – Red Hill Auditorium
12/13 Adelaide, AUS – AEC Theatre
12/14 Melbourne, AUS – Festival Hall
12/16 Sydney, AUS – Hordern Pavilion
12/18 Brisbane, AUS – Riverstage

Of Mice & Men’s Austin Carlile Discharged From The Hospital

Of Mice & Men’s Austin Carlile has officially been discharged from the hospital. The vocalist was hospitalized for nearly four weeks, as he underwent a few surgeries to fix major tears in his spine. His injuries were a result of his battle with Marfan Syndrome. He posted the following on Instagram:

Of Mice & Men’s Austin Carlile Undergoes Second Surgery For Major Spinal Tears

Of Mice & Men’s Austin Carlile has undergone his second surgery to fix the “major tears” in his spine, which came about as a result of his battle with Marfan Syndrome. He posted the following on Instagram:

Second operation the fix the multiple tears/leaks in my spine was gnarly yesterday, but ultimately successful! Was even able to walk a bit today… STOKED! So i had to wear the Superstars!! xx /// (PS my phone accidentally took this photo, thought it would be fitting to post because I'm happy to be walking already! ((Dont hate the hairy chicken leg)) God is good and all your prayers are definitely working. HE is def working immensely in my life right now as well, and I've never felt so close to Him. Going through all this while living in the hospital the past 3 weeks has really helped me realize a lot. Keeping my eyes set on HIM to make it through, and to see what He has planned for me next, brings me so much joy! As @SelenaGomez says, "by grace through faith" we can trust and look to HIM as our true HOPE, which the world desperately needs right now. Let your light shine, hard as it may be. "We're not alone anymore" XX)

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Of Mice & Men’s Austin Carlile Undergoes First Surgery For Three Major Spinal Tears

Of Mice & Men recently cancelled the remaining dates on their European/UK tour, due to health issues Austin Carlile was face experiencing as a result of his Marfan Syndrome. Now, Carlile has revealed that he had to undergo the first of three surgeries to fix “major tears” in his spine. He said the following:

“First of a few surgeries today!!! Will be doing something called blood patching, to fix the three major tears currently in my spine… Base of neck/back of head, mid back between my 11 & 12 vertebrae due to a bludgeoned disc, and lower back just above tailbone! Here we go!”

love is a verb

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Of Mice & Men Cancel Remaining European/UK Dates Due To Austin Carlile‘s Health Issues

Of Mice & Men have been forced to cancel the remaining dates on their European/UK tour. The cancellations come as a result of to Austin Carlile‘s health issues, which are related to his battle with Marfan Syndrome.


The band said the following:

“Dear European Fans,

It is with our sincerest apologies that we are forced to cancel the remaining dates on this current headline tour. We had to cut short our set in Portsmouth on Saturday night due to Austin being in pain throughout the show. We attempted to play the show in Cardiff the following night, but it became increasingly obvious that we were not able to continue and that we need to focus on Austin’s health. As much as we wish we could complete the remaining dates of this tour we know that we would be doing a disservice to all of our loyal fans, as well as ourselves, performing under the current circumstances.

The reality is that we feel the best thing to do right now is go home, get Austin the appropriate medical attention & regroup before we head back out on the road again. We appreciate that our fans understand how important it is that we put health first & foremost & know that we would never cancel shows unless we felt it absolutely necessary.

Refunds will be available at point of purchase for all cancelled shows.

Much love- Aaron, Alan, Austin, Phil & Tino.”

UPDATE: Carlile has since posted the following on Instagram:

As most of you know I battle daily with a rare fibrostic connective tissue disorder called Marfan syndrome. Due to recent issues arising  from this, we have cancelled the remainder of our European tour. It breaks my heart but the band & myself have decided it was unsafe for me to continue on in this state of health. I'm being admitted to Stanford University hospital where my specialists have been informed & are prepared to figure out what exactly is wrong. I will remain there as long as needed to run tests & come up with an assessment of what exactly is causing my body & heart to seize up. My deepest apologies for those who were on tour with us & also those coming to our shows. I would never cancel unless a limb was falling off or it was endangering my life. Unfortunately it has become the later. Thank you to those who understand & support this decision, I promise to keep pushing & treat this as another hill to climb. My dad has flown from Costa Rica, & my team at Stanford are like family to me, so know that I am not alone. I also know I have all of you, & times like this reassure & warm my heart to know you stand with me as well. Please do not worry for me, there are multiple things more important happening in the world right now. Besides, God has a plan, all of this is in His hands at the end of the day and I'm ready for whatever comes next. – AC

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