Habitual frontman Austin Carlile may have had some serious cred in the post-hardcore scene, but at a recent performance, the dude’s proven his metal.
Carlile, who hasn’t had the best health of late, revealed that while performing his vocal duties at the show in Denver, shit got real.
“I couldn’t breathe right and I was gasping. I managed to do the rest of the show. Then the medics came and gave me oxygen and the lung somehow kind of naturally re-inflated.”
Rather than being scared shitless by the incident, Carlile apparently experiences things like this pretty frequently (..um?), and he’s learnt to take it all in his stride.
“But things like that happen every day and I’ve just learned to deal with them. The best laid plans for Of Mice and Men often go awry. I can’t plan for much because I feel like life is always going to throw me a curve ball.”
It was a fairly exposing interview with the beloved vocalist, who also detailed his recent victory over a pain killer addiction. Carlile explains he chose to kick the gear and deal with reality “rather than not feel anything at all”.
The reality does sound fairly terrible as well…
“I did physical therapy four times a week and aqua therapy three times a week while I was coming off the stuff and at the same time I’m recording the record. I’d rather have heart surgery again than go through that again.”
The interview coincides with the release of the bands latest video clip Real, from their latest album Cold World.
Catch it below, alongside fan-shot footage of OM&M playing Bones Exposed live the Denver show.
WATCH: Of Mice & Men – ‘Real’
WATCH: Of Mice & Men – ‘Bones Exposed’ Live In Denver 2016