Whenever band members part ways, bad blood is nearly inevitable. When a musician is removed, the anger boils tenfold. The much-publicized removal of former Of Mice & Men vocalist Austin Carlile was no exception, inspiring angry blogs and tweets from every party involved. Now a few months removed, Carlile is back on Tumblr with a request for the band.
The blog in question claims that new vocalist Jerry Roush screams to a different melody with different lyrics on “Second & Sebring,” a track Carlile wrote for his mother. Roush writes:
“…What brought me to this was I watched a couple videos of the band from Warped Tour and after seeing them all, I am nicely asking [[[When you read this OM&M]]]…. is that on the song “Second & Sebring” you learn all the words, and please scream them correctly. That’s all. That’s it. Simple as store bought pie.
The songs screaming parts, were written by me, and FOR my mother, who passed away when I was 17 years of age. It is titled “Second & Sebring” because I lived in Sebring Court, on the corner of Second Street, in LeHigh Acres Florida, when this happened to me. My mother was the most important person in my life, and taught me more than anyone will ever know. She was an angel on earth. I love and miss her dearly. I wrote the song for her, and would like, out of respect, for the band to take the time and effort to preform the vocals correctly.
Some of you might roll your eyes at this, and say “Wow, really?!” You can butcher, change, cuss in, re-write, destroy, whatever any other song or set of lyrics that I created when I was in this band, but not this one. Not THIS song. I could care less what they do with any other song. I no longer have any say about anything. It’s their band…”
Well, let’s take a look. Here’s the band at Chain Reaction in Anaheim, CA.
Austin, I hear ya. You wrote the song for a loved one, and you’re looking out for her. When you perform this song in the future with whatever new band you form, feel free to perform it however you see fit. Here though, you have no argument. Whether you were unfairly kicked from OM&M or not, this track belongs to the group. If Roush feels the need to alter the song to his liking, he has every right to do so. You summed up my argument yourself: “I no longer have any say about anything. It’s their band.”
As I mentioned, I encourage you play the song to your liking live with your next band, wherever that may be. It would be a waste for you to abandon the track for live sets simply because it’s an OM&M song. Take your lyrics and use them however you see fit. Just drop the OM&M references from your social networking extravaganzas.
For the full request from Carlile, visit his Tumblr.