After six years, three albums and several personnel changes, the members of Of Mice And Men feel that their name means more than ever.
While the Californian metallers originally took their name from the John Steinbeck classic, as drummer Valentino ‘Tino’ Arteaga explains, it’s the full quote that they can really relate to.
‘It comes back to our name, “the best laid plans of mice and men, often go awry.”
‘You never know what’s going to happen, and the best thing you can do is face those challenges head on, and more so now than ever I feel our name means more to us than when we started with everything we’ve overcome – musically, personnel-wise and in every aspect.
‘It’s taken some pitfalls and some bumps in the road, but now we’ve found the right formula with five guys, five musicians writing music that we can all enjoy together.’
And with their most successful album so far under their belts, they are back in the UK with their biggest headline tour to date in support of a reissued version, Restoring Force: Full Circle.
Not that we haven’t felt proud of our music in the past, but people are getting it now and it’s moving people in ways that we never expected beforeTino Arteaga
As Tino says: ‘That’s what Restoring Force means. Our band was off balance for a long time, and its about what brings it back to equilibrium. There were things we couldn’t help that were happening, but we were able to find that balance again.’
And Tino adds: ‘I think a lot of it is down to the fact that we took the time to write exactly what we were thinking and in our albums prior we hadn’t had the time to fully think about what were writing about or our delivery.
‘Now I feel like we’re all on the same page, and we can work towards common ambitions and goals.
‘Not that we haven’t felt proud of our music in the past, but people are getting it now and it’s moving people in ways that we never expected before.’
They play at the O2 Guildhall, Southampton on Thursday.
Tickets are £20, doors open 7pm.