This song is a perfect example of a band maturing beyond their own sound by offering so much more. The singing vocals are of a much wider range and showcase Austin Carlile’s and Shayley Bourget’s new vocal abilities. My thoughts on Of Mice & Men’s self titled debut was that although it was really good, Carlile retained a little too much influence of his days in Attack Attack!. Then all of a sudden he left the band and was promptly replaced by Jerry Roush (ex-Sky Eats Airplane) for a few tours and recorded a single song until Carlile was brought back, where he remains as the only founding member of the band since Jaxin Hall left as well.
Obviously on a play of the song “YDG” from their self titled album, “Still YDG’N” actually sounds a little like the other song while still sounding completely fresh. It’s a new beginning for the band, who have been turbulent at best. The song structure is different and the breakdowns are noticeably heavier than anything on their debut, which sounded like there wasn’t a whole lot of work and structure behind the foundation. They still follow the “verse-chorus-verse” that a lot of bands do, but the actual music sounds more complex.
Carlile sounds a lot different because it doesn’t seem like he’s trying too hard to force out his screams this time; instead, chooses to let them come more naturally, making his screams a lot cleaner. Most of the songs on the debut are also kind of blended together and sound a bit too similar. “Still YDG’N” breaks that mold by offering a much better mixing job and making sure nothing really sticks out too much, which was another problem I had with the debut.
Of Mice And Men is maturing and there’s nothing you can do about it. Let’s just hope that this time they stick together. Many people had their doubts of course (including myself), but I have a lot of hope in their upcoming album entitled “The Flood,” which will be out 6/14/2011. Go get your preorder bundle at http://riserecords.merchnow.com/