Chris Cerulli from Motionless in White recently wrote a blog post discussing why the band has stopped writing songs that preach the message of hopefulness and what led them to do so. Some of the things that the blog post said are the following: “This “you saved my life”, “you’re my hero” and “you’re my voice” thing has become an unbearable burden and a downright eye roller. NO. I did not save your life. NO.. band X, Y or Z did not save your life. . IF in fact you were on the brink of any self harming action… it was YOU who pulled yourself from the ledge. You saved your life, You are the hero. Why are people not willing to take credit for their own actions?” This blog post seems to have been timed perfectly with Of Mice & Men‘s release of their newest single “You’re Not Alone”.
The song deals with the idea that people are not alone, but have musicians there for them, stating “You’re not alone, you’re with me.” This message has been used time and time again by different musicians to make their fans feel less alone, but they sound like empty words to me. In the words of Chris Cerulli, “These bands and companies realize that people are responding heavily to the “message” thing and many of them have no problem using that to their advantage.” If it’s not obvious enough, I’m not too big of a fan of the song’s lyrics.
Empty lyrics aside, the song isn’t all that great on a musical level either. Austin Carlile’s voice seems to overpower the instrumentals, which are certainly not very memorable. The song’s introduction starts with a guitar solo that moves into an increasingly intense drum portion, which I expected would move into something powerful, but once Carlile’s vocals come in the instrumentals fade to the background. It’s repetitive and the breakdowns that the song provides are unnecessary. Also, clean vocalist Aaron Pauley’s voice simply does not match up to that of former clean vocalist Shayley Bourget. The departure of Bourget is where the band should have put a stake in it.
“You’re Not Alone” is generic and will surely appease the band’s longtime fans, but if this is what Of Mice & Men’s newest record Restoring Force is expected to sound like, then I’ll pass.