This is happening.
Of Mice & Men have spoken about the prospect of a new album!
They just dropped a new song, 'Back To Me', and it sounds like there's more where that came from.
"I think an album is definitely forming," bassist / vocalist Aaron Pauley told Rolling Stone India.
"We’ve got a ton of songs; we’re always writing and we’re always creating. What we like to do is have a ton of songs and then from that kind of whittle it down and almost try to discover the threads in between rather than starting with the thread and weaving the songs through them."
"I think that in a way surprises us a lot more than just coming up with an initial theme. We discover that maybe we were trying to say this all along. Maybe it’s too early to say that an album thematically has taken shape, but as of right now the songs we are putting out are very much about continuing the fight."
You can hear the first song they released since Austin Carlile left the band, 'Unbreakable', right here.
In the same interview, Aaron added that: "For these new songs, that was really important to us; do these ideas excite us? Do we feel like they’ll excite our fans? More importantly, lyrically, do they matter? Are we saying something that’s important? We’ve just been trying to tap into that more genuine, creative side of us."
Asked about Austin's comments in February that "[the band] weren't going to let me write what I wanted on next record," he explained:
"We never really even discussed new material until he [Carlile] left the band. We never started working on that stuff. We had just released 'Cold World' a few months before he had to leave and so I can’t really comment on his comments."
"Of Mice & Men has always been a very collaborative process and he and I always worked on lyrical stuff together. Everyone in the band can write and we love bringing everyone’s different ideas into our rehearsal space."
He went on to say:
"In the summer we’re going to take a little time to work on some more music. There’s no concrete release date for an album but we’re definitely working diligently on it."